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Notes: First-round pick gets promoted

8/6/2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Texas Rangers first-round pick, right-handed starter, Luis Ortiz was promoted from rookie ball to Class A on Wednesday.

Ortiz, 1-1 with a 2.06 ERA for the Rangers' rookie team, will pitch for Hickory.

In six appearances, the 18-year old allowed three runs on 12 hits in 13 1/3 innings with 15 strikeouts.

Ortiz was the 30th overall selection in the June draft. In his senior season at Sanger (Calif.) high school, Ortiz compiled a 5-3 mark with a 1.04 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings.

Holland to pitch Saturday: Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday left-handed starter Derek Holland is scheduled to make his third rehab start Saturday for Double-A Frisco. Holland is coming off a difficult outing on Monday where he allowed two home runs and had to end his second rehab stint or Triple-A Round Rock after just one inning.

He was scheduled to pitch three innings, but he threw 42 pitches and he allowed four earned runs one walk and struck out three. Holland had good velocity but was inconsistent with his control.

Daniels said he would like to see Holland pitch with the big club at some point.

"I'd rather he not have any (health) issues," Daniels said. "It be nice to put that a little bit on the back burner headed into the winter. We're going to have enough questions we’ll have to answer from a health standpoint (regarding other pitchers). It would be nice to answer that one now, but not at the expense of putting him at risk."

Rangers open to bringing Colby Lewis back: Following a complete game effort on Tuesday night in Chicago, the Rangers had nothing but praise for right-handed starter Colby Lewis.

Daniels called Lewis a stud after he beat the White Sox.

Considering his health issues, elbow and hip, the Rangers signed him to a minor league contract. So far, at least in the second half of the season, Lewis has pitched well where he's improved his record to 8-8 with a 5.50 ERA.

"I'm open to that," Daniels said regarding Lewis returning in 2015. "That's a conversation for further down the line. We're going to need some, whether it’s not Colby, we’re going to have to add some pitching from the outside, and I love the group we have in (Double-A) Frisco. I've lumped (Triple-A Round Rock) Luke Jackson with that. We're really high on that group and we think there will be multiple big league starters coming out of there. I think they can be pitching for us next year, ideally though (you want them) to be having one spot for them to compete for not three."