Texas Rangers: minor leagues

Mike Olt: Texas minor league player of year

January, 4, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers announced today that Mike Olt has been named the Tom Grieve minor league player of the year. Olt joins Cody Buckel (Nolan Ryan pitcher of the year), Engel Beltre (defender of the year) and Ben Rowen (reliever of the year) as award winners. Each will get their awards at the Dr Pepper Awards Show next Friday (Jan. 11) at the Arlington Convention Center.

In addition, Hunter Pence (Arlington High grad) was named Texas professional player of the year and John Burkett is the Mark Holtz Alumni Award winner.

For more information on the Awards Show and Fan Fest, which goes from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, click here or call 972-RANGERS.

Here's some tidbits about the four minor leaguers winning awards from the club's official release:

Olt: Earned the organization’s top minor league award despite spending only four months at Frisco (AA)…batted .282 with 17 doubles, 28 homers, and 82 RBI in just 95 games for the RoughRiders…led the Texas League in homers and slugging (.579) and ranked 4th in RBI, all highs in the organization…was a 1st team selection at 3B on Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team…was the Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for both May and June …led all Double-A players in homers at the time of promotion to Texas on August 2 where he spent the rest of the season…was selected by Texas as a supplemental pick in the 1st round of the 2010 1st Year Player Draft.

Buckel: Right-hander combined to go 10-8, 2.49 with 159 strikeouts in 144.2 innings over 26 games with Myrtle Beach (High-A) and Frisco (AA)…was a 2nd team selection on Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Team… had the lowest ERA among all Texas minor leaguers and was 1st in strikeouts…held opponents to an organization low .206 batting average…was 5-3, 1.31 with 91 strikeouts in 75.2 innings for Myrtle Beach and was a 3-time Carolina League Pitcher of the Week…was promoted to Frisco in June, going 5-5, 3.78 in 13 games/10 starts with 68 strikeouts in 69.0 innings…won his last 4 decisions with a 0.56 ERA…was selected by Texas in the 2nd round of the 2010 1st Year Player Draft.

Beltre: Centerfielder spent the entire season at Frisco (AA), batting .261 with 13 homers, 55 RBI and an organization best 36 steals in 133 games…had 17 triples, tied for the 2nd highest total in the minor leagues…played outstanding defense, committing just one error in 320 total chances and recording 12 outfield assists…played in the Texas League All-Star Game and was selected to the league’s post-season All-Star squad…was a 2-time Texas League Player of the Week…was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in a 4-player trade in July 2007.

Rowen: Right-hander led the Carolina League with 19 saves, most among all Texas minor leaguers, at Myrtle Beach (High-A)…was 5-0, 1.57 with 52 strikeouts in 57.1 innings over 38 appearances with the Pelicans…was selected to the Carolina League post-season All-Star Team…had 18 saves after the All-Star break, most in the minor leagues…had a 31.2 innings scoreless streak from June 4-August 14…opponents hit just .201…was selected by Texas in the 22nd round of the 2010 1st Year Player Draft.

Club gives out July minor league awards

August, 9, 2012
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The Texas Rangers' minor league award winners for the month of July, which were announced Thursday, are: RHP C.J. Edwards (pitcher of the month), INF Alejandro Selen (player of the month), INF Rougned Odor (defender of the month), RHP Ben Rowen (reliever of the month).

Here's some information about the four players from the club's release:

Edwards, 20, was 1-0 with a 0.76 ERA (two ER/23.2 IP) and 29 strikeouts against nine walks, while holding opposing batters to a .127 average (10-79) over five games/four starts with the Arizona League Rangers and the Spokane Indians. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Edwards had the lowest opponent batting average and posted the fifth-lowest ERA of any minor league pitcher during the month. The right-hander was elevated to Spokane on July 12 and completed at least 5.0 innings with two or fewer hits and one or zero earned runs in three of his first four starts with the Indians. Overall, Edwards has combined to go 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA (six ER/48.0 IP) and 58 strikeouts against 19 walks in 10 games/nine starts with the AZL Rangers and Spokane. Edwards was selected in the 48th round of the 2011 June draft and signed by Chris Kemp.

Selen, 23, batted .409 (27-66) with 10 runs, four walks, two doubles, six home runs and 23 RBIs over 19 games with Low-A Hickory in the month of July. The Dominican Republic native had a season-high four hits twice during the month, along with career-best five RBIs on July 26 vs. Delmarva just one day after his second career multi-home run game on July 25 vs. Delmarva. Overall, Selen is batting .354 (46-130) with eight doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 36 games with the Crawdads this season. Selen was signed as a non-drafted free agent on September 7, 2005, by Danilo Troncoso.

Odor, 18, started 26 games in the field for Low-A Hickory in July, appearing at second base 15 times and shortstop in 11 contests. The Venezuela native owns a .980 fielding percentage at second base this season, highest among any second baseman in the South Atlantic League with at least 345 total chances. He has spent the bulk of his playing time at second base, with 70 of his 90 games there. At the plate, Odor is batting .262 (94-359) with 21 doubles, four triples, eight home runs, 40 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases in 90 games with Hickory. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent on January 3, 2011 by Rafic Saab and Mike Daly.

Rowen, 23, did not allow a run over 12.2 innings and tallied nine saves in 10 appearances out of the bullpen with High-A Myrtle Beach in July. The Virginia Tech product held Carolina League opponents to a .143 average (6-42) during the month, while recording 12 strikeouts with no walks. The right-hander is currently in the midst of a 29.2-inning scoreless streak dating back to June 3, during which batters have hit just .152 (15-99) with 21 strikeouts against just one walk. Overall, Rowen is 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA (six ER/46.1 IP) and 16 saves in 30 games with the Pelicans. He was selected in the 22nd round of the 2010 June draft.

Club announces June minor league awards

July, 13, 2011
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The Rangers have announced the club's minor league award winners for June: RHP Nick Tepesch was pitcher of the month, infielder Tommy Mendonca was player of the month, infielder Guilder Rodriguez was defender of the month and RHP Ryan Rodebaugh was named reliever of the month.

Here's some more information about them from the club's release:

Tepesch, 22, was 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA (9 ER/36.1 IP) and 37 strikeouts against 9 walks, while holding opposing South Atlantic League batters to a .211 average (28-133) over 6 games/starts and one complete game with Low-A Hickory. The Blue Springs, Missouri product held SAL hitters to the 9th-lowest average and was the only pitcher on the circuit to record a complete game during the month of June. The 6-foot-4 right-hander out of the University of Missouri earned South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week honors for June 6-12 following a 10-strikeout performance on June 7 vs. Lakewood. Overall, Tepesch has gone 5-3 with a 3.12 ERA and 71 strikeouts against 19 walks in 20 games/14 starts this season. Tepesch was selected in the 14th round of the 2010 June draft and signed by Dustin Smith.

Mendonca, 23, batted .375 (39-104) with 11 walks, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, and 30 RBI over 25 games with Double-A Frisco in the month of June. Mendonca, who was also named the TOPPS Player of the Month for the Texas League, hit safely in 22-of-25 games during the month, while also boasting streaks of 13 consecutive games with a hit, 10 consecutive games with a RBI, and 11 consecutive games with an extra-base hit during the month. The Fresno State product ranks among the Texas League leaders in hits (3rd, 97), RBI (3rd, 64), home runs (T5th, 16), doubles (T6th, 20), and batting (7th, .319), while also rating statistically as the top defender at third base in the Texas League with a .947 fielding percentage. Mendonca was selected in the 2nd round of the 2009 June draft and signed by Butch Metzger.

Rodriguez, 27, spent the entire month of June with Double-A Frisco, starting 26 of the club’s 27 games at shortstop and committing just 2 errors. Overall, Rodriguez has committed just 7 errors, while tallying the 3rd-most total chances by a Texas League shortstop this season. The Venezuela native is in his 2nd season in the Texas organization and has collected a career-high 37 RBI in 80 games with Frisco, while batting .275 (78-284) with 9 doubles and 2 triple. Rodriguez was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock on July 9.

Rodebaugh, 22, did not allow an earned run (one unearned run) over 14.0 innings and 9 relief appearances, while going 8-for-8 in save chances with Low-A Hickory in June to claim his second Reliever of the Month award this season (April). The Kennesaw State product recorded 17 strikeouts against just 4 walks and ended the month with 8 straight scoreless appearances, a span of 12.0 innings. The South Atlantic League batted just .071 (3-42) with runners in scoring position and .100 (2-20) with runners in scoring position with 2 outs against Rodebaugh this season. The right-hander was 1-2 with a 0.41 ERA (2 ER/44.2 IP) over 28 games with the Crawdads before a promotion to High-A Myrtle Beach this month, where he has worked 1.0 scoreless inning to lower his season ERA to 0.40. Rodebaugh was selected in the 15th round of the 2010 June draft and signed by Ryan Coe.

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BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182