Frisco Roughriders Off To Hot Start

May 17, 2015; Frisco, Tx, USA; Frisco RoughRiders third baseman Joey Gallo (23) bats in the ninth inning against the Corpus Christi Hooks at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
May 17, 2015; Frisco, Tx, USA; Frisco RoughRiders third baseman Joey Gallo (23) bats in the ninth inning against the Corpus Christi Hooks at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Frisco Roughriders have erupted into a hot start in Double-A Texas League play in 2016.

The Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate, the Frisco Roughriders, are off to a great start in Texas League play this season. The Roughriders are 9-3 so far this season which leads the South Division and is the best overall record in the Texas League. The team offense has been hot hitting a couple of ticks under .250 as a club and scoring 58 runs through their first 12 games. The team is being led by some well known names in the Rangers organizations both on the mound and at the plate.

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Ryan Cordell has been the offensive catalyst for the Roughriders so far this season. Through 12 games, Cordell is hitting .356 with 2 homeruns and 12 RBIs for Frisco. He came up big in a game against NW Arkansas on April 16th with a game winning grand slam in the 5th inning showcasing his power by blasting one of the longest homers of the Minor League season. Luis Mendez and Ronald Guzman also both are hitting above .300 for Frisco this year combining for 12 runs scored through 12 games.

Connor Sadzeck has been overall the best starting pitcher for Frisco winning both of his decisions while only allowing one earned run in 11 innings pitched equalling a 0.82 ERA. Well known comeback pitcher Matt Bush has also pitched well for the Roughriders. Bush is 0-1 in five appearances on the season posting a 2.57 ERA in 7 innings of work. Perhaps the most impressive stat for Bush is his Walks/Hit Per Innings Pitched (WHIP) which is at an even 1.00.

The hot start for Frisco may not have an immediate impact of the big league club in Arlington, but many of these players are the future for the Rangers such as Cordell and Brinson. With these guys dominating at the Double-A level, it points to a bright future for Texas in the coming years.

On a side note, Yu Darvish will likely find his way to Frisco in the next couple of weeks as he begins to make rehab starts on his way back from Tommy John surgery.

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