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Monday, May 10, 2010
Holland, Tracy win minor league honors

By Richard Durrett

The Rangers named LHP Derek Holland and first baseman/outfielder Chad Tracy the minor league pitcher and player of the month for April. Jose Felix was named the defender of the month and LHP Zach Phillips was named reliever of the month, a new honor started this season.

From the team's release:

Holland, 23, has been named the Rangers’ scheduled starter for Wednesday against Oakland, although he has yet to join the roster.  He has gone 4-1 with a 0.93 ERA (4 ER/38.2 IP) in 6 games/starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.  Opposing Pacific Coast League batters have a .224 (32-143) average with 7 walks and 37 strikeouts.  In April, Holland went 3-1 with a 0.53 ERA (2 ER/33.2 IP) in 5 games/starts, posting the lowest qualifying ERA in the league and the 2nd-most strikeouts (29).  He made his major league with 33 games/21 starts for Texas in 2009, and was originally selected by the organization in the 26th round of the 2006 June draft.

Tracy, 24, batted .342 (27-79) with 6 homers, 5 doubles, and 20 RBI in 20 games for Oklahoma City (AAA) last month, his first month at the Triple-A level.  He led the league with 52 total bases, also ranking among PCL leaders in home runs (T2nd, 6), extra-base hits (T2nd, 12), on-base-plus-slugging (3rd, 1.067), and slugging (4th, .658).  Tracy was a non-roster invitee to major league spring training this year.  He was originally selected by Texas in the third round of the 2006 June draft.

Felix, 21, has a .979 (3 E/146 TC) fielding percentage in 18 games behind the plate with High-A Bakersfield this season.  He has caught 12 of 16 (75.0%) runners attempting to steal this season, easily highest figure in the California League, the only qualifying catcher above a 50.0% clip in the circuit.  The Mexico native was originally signed as a free agent on Jan. 20, 2008 and is in his third professional season.

Phillips, 23, has opened the season with 13.0 shutout innings over 10 appearances for Double-A Frisco, posting no record with 4 saves.  He has stranded all 7 inherited runners, holding the opposition to a .093 (4-43) average with 2 walks and 17 strikeouts.  For the month of April, Phillips had 2 saves over 7 appearances and 9.2 innings.  He was added to the 40-man roster in November and spent his first spring in major league camp this year.  He was originally selected by Texas in the 23rd round of the 2004 June draft.