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Thursday, April 8, 2010
It's Opening Day for minor leaguers

By Brett Perryman

Here are your Opening Day starters for the Rangers' affiliates (all times CT):

Triple-A OKC: Derek Holland (7:05)
Double-A Frisco: Blake Beavan (7:00)
Class-A Advanced Bakersfield: Wilfredo Boscan (9:15)
Class-A Hickory: Joe Wieland (5:35)

Beavan is not yet listed by the RoughRiders website as an official starter. I asked manager Steve Buechele on Wednesday about the Frisco rotation order for the first week. He projected Beavan, Richard Bleier (Fri), Alexi Ogando (Sat), Kasey Kiker (Sun), Martin Perez (Mon), but said that the order was still tentative.

Boscan earned a promotion and this opening day start after a solid first full professional season in 2009, where he continued to allow few baserunners but saw his strikeout rate fall from 9.1 per nine innings in rookie ball to 5.0 in the SAL. Jason Parks shared a terrific scouting rundown on Boscan yesterday.

Wieland repeats the Low A level after joining Hickory late last May, posting decent secondary numbers (K/9 of 7.9 and K/BB of 3.0) but was hit hard and needs to show more before earning a spot in a competitive Bakersfield rotation.

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