Look Around the Texas Rangers Organization (Radio Readings)
-Graham Doty, Broadcast Assistant
The Texas Rangers organization has had quite a season so far. The Rangers are red hot and have one of the best farm systems. The Rangers have a lot of talented pitchers in the minors and it certainly shows. Let’s take a look at all of the Texas Rangers teams and some former Hickory Crawdads.
The Rangers have had an outstanding season so far. They are hoping to make a deep run in the postseason this year. They recently added one of the best pitchers in the game in Cliff Lee. They have an MVP candidate in Josh Hamilton who is leading the majors with a .357 batting average. The Rangers are 63-45 overall and have an 8.5 lead over the Oakland A’s in the AL West.
AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks
The RedHawks are 59-52 overall. They are currently in 1st place in the PCL American South division. They currently have a 2.5 game lead over the Albuquerque Isotopes. They lead the league with a team ERA of 3.81 and they have also given up the fewest earned runs in 414.
AA Frisco RoughRiders
The RoughRiders are 59-50 overall. They clinched the first half by 2.5 games over the Corpus Christi Hooks. In the second half, they are currently 2nd in the TEX South division. They are one game behind the Midland RockHounds. The RoughRiders lead the Texas League with 35 triples.
Former Crawdads pitcher Tyler Tufts is pitching for Frisco. He has appeared in two games and has pitched two innings with no walks and two strikeouts.
High A Bakersfield Blaze
The Blaze are 55-55 overall. They are currently in 1st place in the CAL North division in the second half with a 26-14 record. The have a six game lead over the Stockton Ports.
The Blaze have a lot of former Crawdads.
RHP Andrew Doyle has pitched one inning with no hits, runs, walks or strikeouts.
RHP Wilmer Font is 1-2 in nine starts with a 3.86 ERA. He has pitched in 49 innings giving up 26 runs, 32 walks and 52 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .217 against Font. He is currently on the DL.
RHP Danny Gutierrez has one start. He went 3.2 innings and gave up 7 earned runs with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. He picked up a no decision.
RHP Trevor Hurley is 0-1 in 8 games. He has a 2.51 ERA and has 1 save. He has pitched 14.1 innings giving up 7 runs, 8 walks and 14 strikeouts.
RHP Hector Nelo has pitched in 7 games. His ERA is 3.97 and he has pitched 11.1 innings. He has given up 8 runs, 7 walks and has 9 strikeouts.
LHP Robbie Ross is 3-2 in 5 starts. Ross has a 4.28 ERA in 27.1 innings. He has given up 19 runs with 9 walks and 25 strikeouts.
RHP Joe Wieland is 3-2 in 7 starts. His ERA is 6.53 and he has pitched 40 innings. Wieland has allowed 30 runs with 6 walks and 48 strikeouts.
C Vinny DiFazio is batting .143 in two games. His only hit has been a home run.
OF Cody Podraza is batting .444 in 8 games. He has 3 doubles and 6 RBI.
OF Miguel Velazquez is batting .293 with 4 home runs and 22 RBI.
Low A Hickory Crawdads
The Crawdads are 63-46 overall and are currently in second place in the SAL Northern division. They are just 1.5 games behind the Lakewood BlueClaws. The Crawdads are one of just three teams in the league to have at least 60 wins.
Class A Short Season Spokane Indians
The Indians are 27-20 overall. They clinched the first half of the NOR East League. They are currently in 2nd place in the division in the second half. They are one game behind the Yakima Bears. The Indians are 1st in team ERA with 3.11. The pitching staff has allowed the fewest runs with 172. They are also getting it done with hitting. The Indians lead the league with a .268 batting average and 211 RBI.
They are 20-16 overall and are in 1st in the AZL West.
They are 31-20 overall and are 1st in the DSL San Pedro.
Graham is in his first season as
broadcast assistant with the Crawdads. The Oxford, Mississippi native
graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2010 with a degree in
broadcast journalism. He has spent the last two summers broadcasting
games for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He
enjoys all Ole Miss Athletics and spending time with family and friends.