I took advantage of the rain-out to focus a bit more on the minor league systems, I recapped the AA and AAA games as well as providing stats of some of the Texas Rangers top prospects for the night.
RoughRiders Use Extra-Innings to Finish Cardinals:
The Texas Rangers top prospect Martin Perez took to the mound for the first time of the 2011 season, unfortunately it wasn’t a very good outing. In the second game of the season the Frisco RoughRiders took on the Springfield Cardinals, Perez threw for only three innings and earned two runs and five hits.
The Double-A team rallied after being down by four runs, scoring a run in the seventh, two in the eighth, and one in the ninth that tied the game and take it to extra inning. Tommy Mendonca hit a sac bunt that scored Joey Butler to win the game.
Round Rock Falls Again to Iowa Cubs 6-4:
The big story out of this game is not the final score, potential Major League starter this season Eric Hurley took the mound for the Express. His game was solid and respectable, going a full five innings allowing six hits and two runs but getting seven strikeouts on the night. Hurley threw 82 pitches on the night and 53 of those were for strikes.
Endy Chavez and Doug Deeds each had home runs on the game and Chris Davis had an RBI double in the loss.
More stats and notes after the jump…
Other Minor League Notes:
Jurickson Profar hit his second home run of the season coming in his first at bat of the game same as Thursday. Profar was 2 for 3 and had three RBIs on the game. If this quick production continues from the young shortstop we may see him move up pretty quickly this season.
Last Night’s Top Prospects Line Scores from 04-09 (Rankings by Baseball America):
1. Martin Perez LHP- Frisco AA: 3 Innings Pitched 5 Hits 2 Earned Runs 3 Strikeouts and 2 Walks
2. Jurickson Profar SS-Hickory A: 2 for 3, with a Double, a Home Run and 3 RBIs
5. Engel Beltre CF- Frisco AA: 1 for 4 with a Triple
7. Mike Olt 3B-Myrtle Beach A: 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI
9. Jake Skole CF-Hickory A: 1 for 3 with a hit
12. Christian Villanueva 3B- Hickory A: 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI
15. Leury Garcia SS- Myrtle Beach A: 1 for 4 with a Run
19. Robbie Ross LHP- Myrtle Beach A: 1 Inning 0 Hits 2 Strikeouts
25. Jared Hoying CF- Myrtle Beach A: 2 for 2 with a walk
26. Jose Felix C- Frisco AA: 2 for 4 and a strikeout
27. Neil Ramirez RHP- Myrtle Beach A: 4.2 Innings Pitched, 9 Strikeouts, 1 Walk and 1 hit
29. Josh Richmond RF-Hickory A: 0 for 4 with two strikeouts
We will try to keep you regularly updated on the minor league systems and players, and a big thanks to the rain for giving me the extra time to knock this out.