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  • #46
    Interesting, Frisco pitching is 1st in Texas League in Win, SV, ERA, fewest Run, and lowest WHIP, but has most walk (107) and 2nd fewest SO (202).

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    • #47
      Tepid Participation ‏@TepidP
      Connor Sadzeck has no interest in moving to the bullpen right now. 7ip, 2h, 1er, 3bb, 9k, 95p(62s). He's pitched really well so far this yr.
      Last edited by mingjungtc; 05-06-2016, 08:14 PM.

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      • #48

        Seven impressive innings by right-hander Connor Sadzeck steered Frisco to a 6-1 win and series sweep of San Antonio before 4, 816 Friday night at Wolff Stadium.

        The six runs of support were more than enough for Sadzeck (4-0), who allowed just two hits and three walks, while striking out a season-high nine. Sadzeck threw 62 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

        http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...onio/n-5138457

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        • #49
          RoughRiders rotation

          Connor Sadzeck 4W-0L
          Victor Payano 4W-0L
          Frank Lopez 3W-0L
          Sam Wolff 4W-1L

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          • #50
            One of minor league baseball’s best teams became a lot stronger this past weekend when RHP Yu Darvish, rehabbing from 2015 Tommy John surgery, took the mound for the Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers) of the Double-A Texas League. While Darvish’s stay in Frisco will be temporary, the weekend promotions of LHP Yohander Mendez and RHP Luis Ortiz, two of Texas’s top pitching prospects, will make the first-place RoughRiders an even more formidable team in the coming months.

            On Saturday Mendez, 21, our #7 fantasy prospect in the Rangers system, made his Double-A debut against the San Antonio Missions (Padres). In seven starts with the High Desert Mavericks (Rangers) of the hitter-friendly California League, Mendez posted a 2.45 ERA with 45 K and 11 BB in 33 IP, so this was a well-earned promotion. San Antonio took a 2-0 first-inning lead and had five hits through two innings, though three of those five hits were rather soft. By the third inning it was obvious that Missions hitters were sitting on Mendez’s bread-and-butter changeup, so the young lefthander adjusted. He struck out 1B Mike Olt on a nasty slider and then retired the final seven batters he faced, including a pair of swinging strikeouts. He also got help from CF Lewis Brinson, 22, our #3 Texas fantasy prospect and #28 overall, who made a fine running catch on a deep fly ball. All things considered, Mendez’s final line (5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) does not look as impressive as he did. San Antonio hitters had a good game plan and plated a few runs but overall made very little hard contact.

            Darvish, the weekend’s headliner, started on Sunday and, as expected, had little trouble with the overmatched Missions. In the first inning his fastball touched 96, and he froze San Antonio 2B Nelson Ward with a nasty curveball. All afternoon Darvish confounded hitters with both a slow (69-71 MPH) and a hard (80-82 MPH) curve. He also mixed in a sinker. Only once did he allow a baserunner into scoring position. His final line (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) suggests that he’s ready to return to the Majors, which he will do this Saturday at home against the Pirates.

            Ortiz, 20, Texas’s #5 fantasy prospect and #67 overall, took the mound for his Double-A debut in Monday’s series finale and, like his fellow Frisco hurlers, did not disappoint. In six starts at High Desert, Ortiz posted numbers only slightly less impressive than Mendez’s (2.60 ERA, 28 K and only 6 BB in 27.2 IP). The big-bodied righthander looks like a future workhorse with a fastball-slider-changeup combo. In fact, during the game broadcast, Texas GM Jon Daniels said the organization views both Mendez and Ortiz as “clear starters,” for “they’ve always had the pitch mix” necessary to succeed in a starting role. San Antonio 3B Gabriel Quintana laced a solid single to left in the third inning, but that was about all the hard contact Ortiz would permit. He also did not allow a runner to reach scoring position until the sixth inning, and he got swinging strikeouts on both his fastball and his slider. On the whole, he pitched even better than his final line (6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) indicates.

            In short, this was a big weekend in Frisco, and not simply because more than ten thousand fans showed up for each game. Yu Darvish is healthy, pitching with increased velocity and characteristic effectiveness. His imminent return will affect the AL West race and will boost the fortunes of someone in your fantasy league. If, for some reason, he is not owned in your league, then for Heaven’s sake pick him up immediately...and then send me an invitation to your league.

            Meanwhile, the additions of Mendez and Ortiz to the rotation give the young RoughRiders the most interesting set of prospects in a loaded Texas system and will make first-place Frisco (30-14) must-see TV on most nights. In addition to Brinson, who backed Darvish with a leadoff HR on Sunday, the RoughRiders’ lineup includes OF Ryan Cordell, 24 (Texas’s #6 fantasy prospect), 1B Ronald Guzman, 21, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 21, who plays both SS and C. There’s also OF/DH Joe Jackson, 24, namesake and great-great-great nephew of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.

            http://www.faketeams.com/2016/5/25/1...he-frisco-kids

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            • #51
              Overall, the Rangers farm system is 117-78 (.600), which is tied for the second-best winning percentage among all Minor League systems with New York (AL) and behind Cleveland. Every full-season affiliate in the organization has a record above .500, as Class A-Advanced High Desert enters the day at 31-19, Class A Hickory is 29-20, and Triple-A Round Rock is 27-21. Round Rock was recently ranked the fifth-best Minor League team (any level) by MLB.com’s Jim Callis.

              Frisco outfielder RYAN CORDELL has been one of the best offensive players in the league thus far. In addition to an impressive, league-best 37-game on-base streak earlier this year, he also leads the Texas League in numerous categories. The Riders outfielder tops the Texas League in RBI (40), runs (39), doubles (13), and extra- base hits (26). Cordell is also on the leaderboard in average (5th, .316), home runs (4th, 10), slugging percentage (3rd, .593), and triples (T-2nd, 3).

              The RoughRiders have had the best record in team history at almost every point this season. With five straight losses, however, the 30- 18 record is now three games back of the 2008 RoughRiders who were 33-15 through 48 games. The 2008 squad finished with an 84- 56 record and lost to Arkansas in the Texas League championship series.

              http://ridersinsider.mlblogs.com/201...ngfield-52916/

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              • #52
                Seven RoughRiders named Texas League mid-season all-stars

                Two RoughRiders-first baseman Ronald Guzman and outfielder Ryan Cordell-earned starting spots at their respective positions. Catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa and outfielder Preston Beck are listed as reserves. Starting pitchers Connor Sadzeck and Victor Payano made the squad, alongside reliever Adam Parks.

                The RoughRiders had the third-most players selected to the All-Star Game, only behind Tulsa (nine) and Corpus Christi (eight). It marks the sixth consecutive year Frisco has sent at least seven players to the All-Star Game, including the 10 representatives selected in 2014.

                Guzman, 21, has been one of the RoughRiders most dangerous and consistent hitters in the first half. In his first Double-A season, he's hitting .287 with nine home runs and 29 RBI. Guzman has three hit streaks of six games or longer and reached in 17 consecutive games from April 21 - May 9. With nine home runs already, Guzman is on pace to shatter his single-season high of 12, set last year between Class-A Hickory and Class A-Advanced High Desert. Guzman was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2011.

                Cordell, 24, is also in the midst of a breakout season with the RoughRiders. He's hitting .287 through his first 60 games, having played in all but one game for Frisco this season. The early part of the season was especially impressive for the Liberty University alum, who reached base safely in each of the first 37 games to begin the season, including a league-long 17-game hit streak April 12 - May 1. Cordell earned Player of the Month honors in both the Texas League and the Rangers farm system for the month of April, after hitting .363 with five home runs and 22 RBI. The mid-season all-star selection is the third for Cordell in four years as a professional, after earning a California League all-star spot in 2015 and a spot on the 2013 Northwest League all-star team. The Rangers selected Cordell in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

                Kiner-Falefa, 21, makes the roster as a reserve catcher despite never having caught at the professional level prior to this season. The transition has been a success for the Hawaiian utility player, who came into the season primarily as an infielder. In 10 games behind the plate, Kiner-Falefa has cut down six of 14 base stealers and has just one passed ball, while holding a catcher's ERA of 3.25. He was named the Rangers Minor League Defender of the Month in April for his work. At the plate, Kiner-Falefa was hitting .283 in his first 44 games before a knee infection sent him to the disabled list. Kiner-Falefa was a fourth round selection in the 2013 MLB Draft by Texas.

                Beck, 25, is off to a good start in his second season with Frisco. The Dallas-native is hitting .300-the top average on the squad-through his first 44 games and has reached base safely in 21 of his last 23 games. Beck's four triples put him tied for second in the Texas League, alongside teammates Ryan Cordell and Lewis Brinson. This is Beck's second mid-season all-star selection, after making the Carolina League's all-star squad in 2014 with the Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Rangers select Beck out of the University of Texas at Arlington with the club's fifth round pick in 2012.

                Sadzeck, 24, has arguably been Frisco's most impressive and consistent starting pitcher in the first half of the season. Through his first 12 games (11 starts), Sadzeck holds a 6-2 record with a 3.18 ERA in 73 2/3 innings of work. The Illinois-native recorded his second seven-inning complete game of the season Monday vs. Midland, marking his fifth start of seven innings in 2016. He struck out a career-high nine hitters in a win May 6 at San Antonio. The righty ranks third in the Texas League in opponent average (.198) and fourth in strikeouts (62). Texas made Sadzeck its 11th round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Howard College.

                Payano, 23, is in the midst of one of his best years a professional so far in 2016. Through 12 starts, he's 4-4 with a 3.64 ERA. He leads the team and is third in the Texas League with his 65 strikeouts. The southpaw's 3.64 ERA puts him on track for his lowest mark since his first professional season in 2010, when he held a 3.40 ERA in the Dominican Summer League. Payano struck out a career-high 13 hitters May 3 at San Antonio, the second-most strikeouts by a Riders pitcher in a game in team history. Payano lands a mid-season all-star spot for the second time in his career after making the South Atlantic League all-star team in 2012 with Class-A Hickory. The Rangers signed Payano out of his native Dominican Republic as a non-drafted free agent in 2010.

                Parks, 23, has been one of the anchors of the Riders bullpen this season. In 17 appearances, he's 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA and has five saves in as many opportunities. Parks, in his second season with the RoughRiders, has become the team's primary closer since Matt Bush was promoted to the Texas Rangers on May 13. The third-year pro out of Liberty University (33rd round/2014) earns an all-star selection for the first time in his career.

                http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp...=.jsp&sid=t540




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                • #53
                  PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last month. The Dallas- native has reached base in 25 of his last 29 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. Over his last 29 games (since May 13), Beck is hitting .298 with four doubles, two triples, three home runs, and 11 RBI. He also sports a .354 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .462 in that span. Beck qualified for the league leaderboard Thursday and was seventh in league average prior to going 1-for-8 over the last two games.

                  RoughRiders outfielder RYAN CORDELL broke out of his longest homerless stretch of the season Tuesday in a big way, hitting a pair of solo home runs in a 5-4 win over Midland. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, both of which have come against the RockHounds. After hitting 10 home runs in his first 35 games, Cordell went homerless in 26 straight games (90 at-bats) from May 16 through June 13 before his big day Tuesday. Cordell continued his recent surge with a 3-for-4 performance in game one of Thursday’s doubleheader, including his 13th home run of the year. Friday, he hit his 14th homer and his first opposite-field shot of the year.

                  http://ridersinsider.mlblogs.com/

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                  • #54
                    PRESTON BECK has become a key contributor for the Riders over the last month. The Dallas- native has reached base in 25 of his last 29 games, including on-base streaks of 14 (5/13-6/1) and seven (6/3-6/13) games. Over his last 29 games (since May 13), Beck is hitting .298 with four doubles, two triples, three home runs, and 11 RBI. He also sports a .354 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .462 in that span. Beck qualified for the league leaderboard Thursday and was seventh in league average prior to going 1-for-8 over the last two games.

                    RoughRiders outfielder RYAN CORDELL broke out of his longest homerless stretch of the season Tuesday in a big way, hitting a pair of solo home runs in a 5-4 win over Midland. It was his second multi-home run game of the season, both of which have come against the RockHounds. After hitting 10 home runs in his first 35 games, Cordell went homerless in 26 straight games (90 at-bats) from May 16 through June 13 before his big day Tuesday. Cordell continued his recent surge with a 3-for-4 performance in game one of Thursday’s doubleheader, including his 13th home run of the year. Friday, he hit his 14th homer and his first opposite-field shot of the year.

                    http://ridersinsider.mlblogs.com/

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                    • #55
                      The Texas Rangers announced their minor league award winners for the 2016 season on Tuesday, and three members of the Frisco RoughRiders, Texas' Double-A affiliate, garnered recognition. Left-handed pitcher Yohander Mendez earned the organization's minor league pitcher of the year honor, while first baseman Ronald Guzman (defender) and right-handed pitcher John Fasola (reliever) were also recognized.

                      Mendez, 21, posted a tremendous season across three minor league levels before making his Major League debut on September 5. Between Frisco, Class A-Advanced High Desert, and Triple-A Round Rock, Mendez combined to go 12-3 with a 2.19 ERA across 111 innings of work. He recorded 113 strikeouts against just 41 walks and held opponents to a .184 average. Mendez finished the season leading all Rangers minor leaguers in wins and was fourth in strikeouts. The southpaw earned a promotion to the Rangers on September 2 and made two relief outings with the club. Texas signed the native of Valencia, Venezuela in July 2011 and added him to the 40-man roster in November 2015. He is currently ranked as the Rangers top prospect by MLBPipeline.com, who also lists him 56th on its list of the game's top 100 prospects.

                      Guzman, 22, spent most of his season in Frisco, where he had a breakout season in his first year at the Double-A level. In 102 games with the Riders, the lefty hit .288 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI. He earned a promotion to Triple-A Round Rock on August 3 and hit .216 in 25 games, including a home run in his first at-bat with the Express. Guzman, currently ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Rangers farm system (MLBPipeline.com), signed with the Rangers in July 2011 out of La Vega in the Dominican Republic and earned a spot on the Rangers 40-man roster on November 18.

                      Fasola, 25, excelled out of the bullpen between Frisco, Class-A Advanced High Desert, and Triple-A Round Rock. He combined to go 5-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 38 relief appearances and led all Rangers farmhands with 11 saves in 12 opportunities. The righty joined the Riders bullpen on May 23 and made 22 appearances with the club, posting a 3-1 record and a 3.73 ERA in 22 appearances. At one point, Fasola logged 12 consecutive scoreless innings with the RoughRiders. The Rangers selected the native of Hudson, Ohio in the 31st round of the 2014 draft out of Kent State University.

                      Additionally, the Rangers named catcher Jose Trevino their minor league player of the year. Trevino spent the entire 2016 season with Class A-Advanced High Desert, hitting .303 with nine home runs and 68 RBI in 109 games with the Mavericks, helping the squad capture the 2016 California League title. MLBPipeline.com ranks the 24-year-old as the No. 19 prospect in the Rangers organization.

                      http://www.oursportscentral.com/serv...gers/n-5227462

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                      • #56

                        Yohander Mendez, Connor Sadzeck and Ariel Jurado are at the heart of the Rangers' hopes to develop some future additions to the big league rotation. All three were invited to camp with the Rangers in Surprise, Ariz., this spring and are considered among the top-10 prospects in the organization. Two - Mendez and Sadzeck -- are currently on the Texas 40-man roster.

                        Frisco manager Joe Mikulik is tantalized by this trio's potential.

                        "I think it's unlimited," Mikulik said. "You got three guys that if I had to look in the crystal ball, I see them all starting in the big leagues."

                        Sadzeck will get the nod to start on opening day. In his third year with Frisco, the former 11th-round pick's focus this year is to work on his fastball command after posting a 4.06 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

                        Thanks to a tip from Rangers close Sam Dyson during spring training, Sadzeck thinks he can increase his efficiency by using his two-seam fastball more this season to induce groundballs rather than try to overpower hitters with his four-seamer.

                        "I figured take it from him, right?" Sadzeck said. "I think that's going to be big to lower my pitch count."

                        Jurado will follow Sadzeck in the rotation, and then comes Mendez. The 6-foot-5 Venezuelan already has a placard on the "Road to the Show" wall at Dr. Pepper Stadium after making two quick appearances with the Rangers in September.

                        Mendez got hit hard in those two appearances, but that was a blip in his 2016 season. He pitched at three different levels in the minors last year and went 12-3 with a 2.19 ERA.

                        "We want to see him develop, attack with his fastball (and) not try to pitch around the zone," Mikulik said of Mendez, considered by many to be the top prospect in the Rangers organization. "Be aggressive and challenge hitters."

                        http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texa...co-roughriders


                        Texas Rangers pitcher Andrew Cashner will make a rehab start for the AA Frisco Roughriders on Monday, April 10.
                        http://www.lonestarball.com/2017/4/5...-10-for-frisco

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                        • #57
                          Mik loves catcher Jose Trevino, as does everyone. Mikulik, of course, said Trev was a natural born leader, and that without officially appointing a captain Jose was in Mik’s office asking what the team was doing today, what they’re wearing, etc. “It’s outstanding for the pitching staff. [Trevino] is gonna get to know every guy, their weaknesses, their strengths, where they eat, what they do… what makes them succeed.”

                          The first thing Trevino did when he walked out to the media circle was shake everyone’s hand and introduce himself. The second thing he did was make it clear that he wants to be the team captain. He’s another guy that within the first minute or so of listening to him talk it was clear why he’s a catcher and why he’s been the captain (official or unofficial) of every team he’s been on. He was asked what he thought the main responsibility of a catcher is, and he responded immediately: “Take care of his pitchers.” I was fascinated to hear him talk about the dynamic he has with different guys, and how when certain pitchers get in trouble he needs to help tighten up their mechanics, and when others get in trouble he needs to tamp down their emotions.

                          http://www.lonestarball.com/2017/4/6...lb-opening-day


                          “I’ve been a Trevino fan ever since I met the guy. He’s been outstanding. I tried to get him here last year. I almost got fired trying to get him here (laughs). I wanted him here. He’s such a leader. They call people natural born leaders, he’s such a leader. Without me appointing a captain, he came in my office today and already started asking ‘what do we do here? what are we gonna wear?’

                          “Every once in awhile you’ll find some guys that lead. We’ve had them in the past. I think he takes it to the next level. He’s not afraid to call you out. The thing about it is when you watch him play, watch him prepare and watch him work, he’s gonna lead by example. Not only vocally but by what he does and what he brings to the table everyday.”


                          One of the more intriguing prospects in the Texas farm system is Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Like Trevino, he is an infielder turned catcher. But “Izzy” (or “Kiner)” has remained an infielder, obtaining flexibility as a potentially high-valued utility player.

                          In 2016, he played every position of the diamond except pitcher and the corner outfield spots. The plan for this year is already in place.

                          “He’s gonna catch,” Mikulik tells me. “I think we’ve got him slated for about 40 games behind the plate so I’ve gotta manage that accordingly. Jose’s gonna catch, we’d like to get him 100 games. You manage that accordingly with the schedule, the travel and all that’s going on. Kiner has to play second, he has to play short, third, he has to get behind the plate for 40 games.”


                          http://www.minorleagueball.com/2017/...ready-for-2017


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                          • #58
                            Connor Sadzeck and David Ledbetter each gave up 4 runs. Connor Sadzeck’s ERA is infinity but David Ledbetter’s ERA is 0.00.

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                            • #59
                              This is just so very random. What prompted Texas to feel like this was a guy who was worth targeting and acquiring? He gets a lot of groundballs...do they think he can move to a full-time relief role and possibly make himself into a potential prospect as a groundball-inducing reliever? Do they think an arm slot change or something can unlock some ability we haven’t seen yet?

                              I have no clue. There’s plenty of minor league free agents out there, so even if you need bodies for your AA roster, its not like you don’t have your pick of those. For some reason, someone in the Rangers organization decided they wanted James Dykstra here.

                              http://www.lonestarball.com/2016/12/...-james-dykstra

                              3.0 IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 6 SO

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                              • #60
                                Anthony Andro @aandro
                                The ridersbaseball offer Phil Simms the job as lead analyst for the day at any point this year.

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