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Today's Matchups Around the Ranger's System

Today's (5/20) Match-Ups Around the Ranger's System

Round Rock: Martin Perez (3-3 5.27) vs. Fresno Grizzlies: Andrew Kown (3-1 2.61) @ 1:00 PM CT

Myrtle Beach: Kyle Hendricks (1-4 2.91) @ Wilmington Blue Rocks: Sugar Ray Marimon (3-0 2.65) @ 12:30 PM CT

Hickory : Santo Perez (2-2 6.19) @ Asheville Tourists: Daniel Winkler (4-2 6.06) @ 1:05 PM CT

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

2011 Texas League All-Star Game

Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Nelson Wolff Stadium (San Antonio, TX)
Team Records: Texas League South (153-151 overall)... Texas League North (148-150 overall)
All-Star Results With North/South: South Leads with 4 wins to 1 loss
Record on June 29th since 2004: 4-1

Where are They Now?: Frisco hosted the 2009 Texas League All-star game and while I was using the computer program DAKSTATS for the video screen in Frisco a couple homestands ago I started looking at the rosters for that all-star game because we've kept all of the rosters since 2008. I figured it would give a good opportunity to look back at the starting lineups and see where the players are now that played in that all-star game. 

Starting Lineups


1. LF Daryl Jones- Jones batted .290 with a .759 OPS for Springfield in the first half of 2009 following a breakout year in the minor leagues in 2008 that vaulted him to the top of the Cardinal's prospect list. Jones suffered a knee problem to begin 2009 and then in mid July he re-injured a hamstring. Jones hasn't been the same since and is currently in AAA hitting .252 with a .790 OPS. After being rated 4th in the Cardinal's system entering 2010, Jones was rated 28th entering 2011.

Current Spot: Starting Left Fielder, Memphis Redbirds (AAA, St. Louis)

2. CF Peter Bourjos- Batted .309 with an .811 OPS for Arkansas including 8 triples before the all-star break in 2009. The outfielder then hit .314 with an .861 OPS in AAA with 27 steals in 2010 before being promoted to the Los Angeles Angels. In 480 career plate appearances for the Angels in 2010 and 2011 combined, Bourjos has hit .239 with a .670 OPS including 10 triples and 9 homeruns. He's batting .262 with a .705 OPS this season with 13 doubles, 6 triples, and 3 homeruns. He was rated as the #2 prospect in the Angel's system prior to 2010.

Current Spot: Starting Centerfielder, Los Angeles Angels

3. 2B Daniel Descalso- Descalso hit .324 with a .921 OPS for Springfield prior to the all-star break in 2009 with 26 doubles, 5 triples, and 7 homeruns. After his first game after the all-star break, Descalso was promoted to AAA where he hit .253 over a .647 OPS. He hit .282 with a .771 OPS in AAA in 2010 before making his major league debut in September 2010. Descalso has hit .244 with a .663 OPS over 85 games in the majors while playing mostly third base for St. Louis. He was rated as high as 9th in the Cardinal's system entering 2010 and was rated 12th in their organization entering 2011.

Current Spot: Semi Starting infielder, St. Louis Cardinals

4. 3B Corey Smith- Smith batted .252 with a .733 OPS prior to the all-star break in 2009 for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He had 13 homeruns as well with 50 RBI. The former first round pick finished the year by hitting .249 with a .722 OPS, including hitting 21 homeruns and 29 doubles while he drove in 90 runs. He spent 2010 with the AA Southern League Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles Dodgers) where he hit .275 with 34 doubles, 13 homeruns, and an .809 OPS. So far in 2011, he has spent time with Chattanooga and the AAA Pacific Coast League Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers) where he he has hit a combined .255 with 12 doubles, 8 homeruns, and has a .710 OPS. He was rated as high as the best prospect in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2002.

Current Spot: Starting infielder, Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA, LA Dodgers)

5. C Hank Conger- Conger hit .285 with 10 doubles, 5 homeruns, and a .728 OPS prior to the all-star break in 2009. After the break, Conger batted .305 with 10 doubles, 6 homeruns, and an .861 OPS, all coming for Arkansas. Conger hit .300 with an .847 OPS over 108 games in AAA in 2010 before getting the promotion to the Los Angele's Angels club for a cup of coffee in September. Conger is hitting .230 with a .682 OPS for the Angels so far in 2011 as he has played 40 games at catcher, starting 36 of them. Known more for his bat than his defense throughout the minors, Conger was rated as high as the 79th best prospect in baseball and as high as the best prospect in the Angel's organization entering 2010.

Current Spot: Starting Catcher, Los Angeles Angels

6. RF Tyler Henley- The third starter from the Springfield Cardinals, Tyler Henley batted .327 with a .902 OPS, including 16 doubles, 3 triples, and 6 homeruns prior to the all-star game in 2009. He struck out just 26 times in 210 at bats and walked 21 times as well. Henley batted .277 with a .792 OPS in the second half. Henley unfortunately dealt with injuries in 2010 as he played just 42 games between Springfield and Memphis (AAA) and hit .270 with a .731 OPS. After Henley got off to a slow start in Springfield in 2011 hitting .156 with a .607 OPS, the Cardinals released the 26 year old outfielder.

Current Spot: Free agent

7. DH Mark Trumbo- Trumbo batted .263 with 16 doubles, 7 homeruns, and a .713 OPS before the all-star break in 2009 for Arkansas. He won the Texas League homerun derby defeating Chris Carter in the final round. After the break, Trumbo batted .320 with 19 doubles, 8 homeruns, and an .863 OPS for the Travelers. He then spent 2010 in AAA where he batted .301 with 36 homeruns, 122 RBI, and a .945 OPS over 139 games for the Salt Lake Bees. Trumbo got a cup of coffee in 2010 and has spent 2011 as the Angel's starting first baseman with Kendry Morales out. Trumbo is currently batting .261 with 13 homeruns and a .771 OPS for the Angels.

Current Spot: Starting First Baseman, Los Angeles Angels

8. 1B Jeff Kindel- Kindel batted .277 with 13 doubles, 3 homeruns, and a .756 OPS for the Tulsa Drillers before the all-star break in 2009. After the break, he batted .252 with 13 doubels, 3 homeruns, and a .706 OPS. The former 14th round pick then spent part of 2010 with Tulsa as he batted .242 with 5 homeruns and a .690 OPS in 75 games for the Drillers. Jeff is now retired from baseball.

Current Spot: Retired.

9. SS Daniel Mayora- At the time, the 23 year old shortstop hit .310 with 13 doubles, 4 homeruns, and a .780 OPS prior to the all-star break in 2009. He batted .257 with 10 doubles, 3 homeruns, and a .686 OPS after the break. In 2010 Mayora spent half the season with Tulsa when he hit .286 with a .793 OPS over 66 games. But he suffered a broken hand in July of 2010 that ended his season. Mayora signed as a minor league free agent with the Rays in the offseason and is currently playing for the Ray's AA team. He is batting .306 with an .869 OPS with 19 doubles, 4 triples, and 7 homeruns in 73 games.

Current Spot: Starting Third Baseman, Montgomery Biscuits (AA, Tampa Bay Rays)

Starting Pitcher: RHP Trey Hearne- Hearne went 8-1 with a 2.85 ERA in 17 appearances/11 starts prior to the all-star break for the Springfield Cardinals. He gave up 69 hits, walked 31 batters, and struck out 63 over 82 innings. Hearne made 7 starts after the break for Springfield going 4-2 with a 2.76 ERA before getting a callup to AAA Memphis. He made 4 starts for Memphis and posted a 3.38 ERA for the Redbirds. Hearne had shoulder surgery between 2009 and 2010 and wasn't the same pitcher after the surgery. The Cardinals released Trey Hearne among 13 others on October 8th, 2010. He remains out of baseball for the moment.

Current Spot: Free Agent


1. LF Luis Durango- Durango hit .298 with a .398 on base percentage and .731 OPS prior to the all-star break for San Antonio in 2009. He wowed people with his blazing speed as Durango stole 26 bases and finished with 44 steals for the season. Durango finished by hitting .258 with a .653 OPS in the second half. Durango got a cup of coffee in 2009 with the San Diego Padres and hit .545 with a 1.161 OPS over 9 games with the Padres. Durango spent 28 games in the big leagues in 2010 and hit .300 with a .378 on base percentage and stole 35 bases in 106 games for the Padre's AAA team, the Portland Beavers. He has spent 2011 in the Padre's new AAA team, the Tuscon Padres, and has hit .243 with a .328 OBP.

Current Spot: Starting Outfielder, Tuscon Padres (AAA, San Diego Padres)

2. CF Craig Gentry- Gentry batted .300 with 16 doubles, 4 triples, 5 homeruns, and a .791 OPS for Frisco in 2009 prior to the all-star break. He finished by hitting .306 with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 3 homeruns, and an .802 OPS after the break in 2009 for the Riders. Gentry spent time in 2010 between AAA and the Texas Rangers as he hit .309 with an .806 OPS for the Oklahoma City Redhawks in 69 games and .212 over 20 games for the Rangers. In 2011 he has hit .270 over 27 games for the Rangers and .239 in 25 games for the Round Rock Express (AAA). Gentry is viewed as more of a 4th/5th OF type than anything, but with his speed, ability to get on base, and ability to play all 3 OF position, he should be able to excel at that role.

Current Spot: Backup Outfielder, Texas Rangers

3. 2B Adrian Cardenas- Cardenas batted .344 with 17 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homeruns, and an .885 OPS before the all-star break in 2009 for the Midland Rockhounds. After the break Cardenas hit .288 with 9 doubles, 1 homerun, and a .734 OPS over 108 at bats before getting the callup to AAA. Cardenas hit .289 with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homerun, and a .780 OPS for the AAA Sacramento River Cats. Cardenas spent 2010 between Midland and Sacramento again as he combined to hit .304 with a .775 OPS. He has spent this season with Sacramento and is batting .313 with 15 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homeruns, and an .800 OPS in 70 games. Adrian Cardenas has been rated as high as the 5th best prospect in the Oakland Athletic's system in 2009. He was rated as the 15th best in their system entering 2011.

Current Spot: Starting Utility Man, Sacramento River Cats (AAA, Oakland Athletics)

4. DH Craig Cooper- Cooper batted .339 with 19 doubles, 6 homeruns, and a .900 OPS for the San Antonio Missions prior to the all-star break. After the all-star break he batted .276 with 16 doubles, 5 homeruns, and an .800 OPS. Cooper spent most of the 2010 season playing for the Portland Beavers (Padre's AAA team), where he hit .248 with 19 doubles, 9 homeruns, and had a .709 OPS over 102 games. After the 2010 season, Cooper retired from baseball.

Current Spot: Retired.

5. RF Drew Locke- Drew Locke batted .325 with 17 doubles, 11 homeruns, and had an .880 OPS before the all-star break for the Corpus Christi Hooks. In the second half, he batted .355 with 14 doubles, 9 homeruns, and a .971 OPS. In 2010, Locke played in 135 games for the Round Rock Express, who were then the Houston Astro's AAA team, and batted .279 with 36 doubles, 17 homeruns, and an .816 OPS. This season, Locke has played in 65 games for the Oklahoma City Redhawks, Astro's new AAA team, and has hit .247 with 15 doubles, 5 homeruns, and a .737 OPS.

Current Spot: Starting Outfielder, Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA, Houston Astros)

6. 1B Chris Carter- The Midland Rockhound's slugging first baseman Chris Carter batted .302 with 26 doubles, 13 homeruns, and a .933 OPS prior to the all-star break. Then he put on a show in the homerun derby. The real show, however, came in the second half when Carter hit .392 with 15 doubles, 11 homeruns, and a 1.134 OPS over 189 at bats for Midland before getting called up to AAA where he appeared in 13 games and hit .254 with an .812 OPS. He was named the 2009 Texas League player of the year. Carter played in 125 games in AAA in 2010 and hit .258 with 31 homeruns and an .894 OPS for Sacramento. Carter has played in 23 games in AAA this season and hit .235 with an .856 OPS there. In 25 games in the majors, Carter has hit .183 with a .577 OPS. He was rated as high as the 28th best prospect in baseball prior to 2010.

Current Spot: Just Promoted to Oakland. 

7. C Manuel Pina- The Frisco RoughRider's catcher Manny Pina batted .275 with 8 doubles, 6 homeruns, and a .741 OPS prior to the all-star break in 2009. After the break he hit just .228 with 2 homeruns and a .638 OPS. Pina was traded along with Tim Smith to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Danny Gutierrez late in 2009. Pina played mostly for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in 2010 when he hit .259 with 16 doubles, 7 homeruns, and a .717 OPS in 74 games for the Naturals. Overall for 2010, Pina hit .252 with a .703 OPS and 9 homeruns. So far this season, Pina has been playing for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. He is batting .221 with a .681 OPS including 5 doubles and 3 homeruns in 42 games.

Current Spot: Catcher, Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA, Kansas City Royals)

8. 3B Jhon Florentino- Jhon batted .276 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homeruns, and a .707 OPS before the all-star break for the Corpus Christi Hooks in 2009. He batted .256 with 10 doubles, 4 triples, 2 homeruns, and a .671 OPS in the second half. He spent 95 games with the Corpus Christi Hooks again in 2010 and batted .256 with 17 doubles, 3 triples, 4 homeruns, and a .681 OPS. The Houston Astros released Jhon Florentino in March. He has not played pro baseball this season.

Current Spot: Free agent.

9. SS Wladimir Sutil- The Corpus Christi Hook's shortstop, Wladimir Sutil batted .298 with 10 doubles, 1 homerun, and a .733 OPS in the first half of the 2009 season for the Hooks. He batted .251 with 11 doubles and a .617 OPS after the all-star break. Sutil has since spent most of the last two seasons with Corpus Christi. Sutil batted .277 with a .627 OPS over 74 games for the Hooks in 2010 and hit .237 with a .623 OPS for the Round Rock Express as well. In 2011, Sutil has hit .295 with a .742 OPS for Corpus Christi over 48 games and .267 with a .678 OPS over 15 games for the Oklahoma City Redhawks. He was once again voted a starting all-star in 2011, but due to being in Oklahoma City, he won't be able to play. He was replaced by Midland's Grant Green in the starting lineup and Frisco's Jose Ruiz on the roster spot.

Current Spot: Shortstop, Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA, Houston Astros)

Starting Pitcher: LHP Kasey Kiker- Frisco southpaw Kasey Kiker started for the South after going 4-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 appearances/14 starts in the first half. He gave up 68 hits, walked 37 batters, and struck out 72 over 78 innings. Kasey Kiker finished the 2nd half by going 3-2 with a 5.25 ERA over 10 games/9 starts. He hasn't been the same since. Kiker was put on the DL last season to rehab in Arizona after he had lost command in Frisco. In April and May of 2010, Kiker walked 31 batters and hit 7 in 33 innings pitched. He finished the 2010 season with a 7.65 ERA and 1.85 WHIP for Frisco. This season, Kiker has pitched in Myrtle Beach (High-A) and has posted a 7.15 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in 17 appearances. He has walked 29 batters in 22 2/3 innings. The 23 year old was the 12th overall pick in the 2006 draft.

Current Spot: Bullpen, Myrtle Beach (High-A, Texas Rangers)

Notables On the Roster: 
LHP Trevor Reckling, Arkansas Travelers- He is a 2011 Texas League All-star after going  3-6 with a 3.47 ERA in 14 starts for Arkansas this season.
RHP Jhoulys Chacin, Tulsa Drillers- Has gone 17-16 with a 3.20 ERA for the Colorado Rockies since the beginning of 2010.
RHP Lance Lynn, Springfield Cardinals- Is currently on the St. Louis Cardinals roster.
RHP Mat Latos, San Antonio Missions- Went 14-10 with a 2.92 ERA last season for the San Diego Padres in 31 starts.

Term of the Day: All star- A player selected at almost any level of baseball to a team comprising the best players from a league or geographic area.

Last Year On This Date: All-star break.

Around the Ranger's System

Yesterday's Record: 1-2

Round Rock (AAA) scored 6 runs in the first 2 innings and defeated the Oklahoma City Redhawks 12-9 at home. Neil Ramirez started for Round Rock and gave up 1 hit, 2 walks, and struck out 2 over 2 shutout innings. Brett Tomko received the win after giving up 5 hits and 3 runs over 3 innings. Zach Jackson gave up 2 runs over 2/3 of an inning while Darren O'Day and Ryan Tucker combined to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Cody Eppley gave up 4 runs in the 9th inning. Chris Davis went 3 for 5 with 2 homeruns, 4 RBI, and scored 2 runs. He now has 17 homeruns in 23 home games this season in AAA and is batting .444 (20 for 45) against left handed pitching. Brian Barden went 2 for 4 with a double, a homerun, and 2 RBI. Julio Borbon went 2 for 6 with 2 runs scored at the plate. Omar Quintanilla and Brad Nelson added 2 hits a piece. Matt Kata added a hit of his own.

Myrtle Beach (High-A) lost their morning game 7-0 to the Salem Red Sox. Wilfredo Boscan started for Myrtle Beach and gave up 5 hits, 4 walks, and 4 runs (1 earned) with 0 strikeouts over 5 innings. Kasey Kiker gave up 2 runs over 2 innings of relief, while Ryan Kelly gave up 1 run over his inning of relief. David Paisano went 1 for 4 with the only extra base hit for Myrtle Beach. Jared Prince, Ryan Strausborger, and Zach Zaneski each had a hit for the Pelicans.

Hickory (Low-A) had their game rained out. They have a double header today beginning at 4:30 PM.

Spokane (Short Season A-Ball) gave up 5 runs in the first 4 innings and fell 7-5 to the Yakima Bears at home. Victor Payano started for Spokane and gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs (3 earned) over 3 innings with 4 strikeouts. Francisco Mendoza gave up 3 runs over 3 innings of relief, while Kyle Hendricks and Samuel Robinson combined for 3 shutout innings of relief. Hirotoshi onaka went 2 for 5 at the plate for Spokane with 2 triples and 2 runs scored. Trever Adams led the Indians with a 3 for 4 day including a double and a RBI. Guillermo Pimentel added a 2 for 4 day as well. Nick Vickerson, Drew Robinson, and Edwin Garcia each added a hit as well.

Minor League Performance of the Day

Even in a day when Chris Davis mashed the ball again, Esteban German managed to top Davis's day for the Round Rock Express. In Round Rock's 12-9 victory over the Oklahoma City Redhawks, Esteban German banged out 4 hits in 5 at bats, including a double and 2 homeruns. One of the homeruns, was a grand slam in the 7th inning, which proved to be the difference. German also stole a base and scored 2 runs as the middle of Round Rock's order (3-5) combined to go 9 for 14 with 2 doubles, 5 homeruns, 11 RBI, 6 runs, and a walk against the Redhawks. On the season, German is batting .299 with an .819 OPS for the Express. Over his career, German is a career .278 hitter with a .739 OPS at the major league level. He holds a batting average of .304 over 3,444 plate appearances in the Pacific Coast League (AAA).

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- By Michael Damman

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