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Opening Day in Frisco

Frisco-RoughRiders-New-Logo-2015On Thursday, the Frisco Rough Riders begin their 2017 campaign. The fun thing about minor league baseball is that it is almost impossible to predict. No one ever knows who is going to get called up. No one ever knows who is going to get sent down. But minor league baseball is some of the most fun baseball to watch.

In 2017, we here at the Ranger Report are branching out into more minor league coverage. We will be in Frisco from time to time talking to players, covering games, interviewing big wigs. We plan covering Frisco as well as a unfunded blog can!

There is a lot to look forward to when it comes to the Rough Riders in 2017. Some highly touted prospects are starting their years there. Some of them you have heard of, and some of them you have not. Some names you probably have hard of are the likes of Connor Sadzeck (10-8 with a 4.16 ERA in 2016 for Frisco), Yohander Mendez (4-1 with a 3.09 ERA in 10 starts at Frisco), Juremi Profar (.300 BA with 13 home runs and 58 RBI in the High Desert league in 2016) and others.

While the ones you know are fun to watch, the ones you do not know are sometimes more fun to keep up with. I got to know former Rough Rider Brett Nicholas while he was there, and I still get the opportunity to talk to him from time to time.

2017 should be a great year to be a Frisco Rough Rider. We here at the Ranger Report can’t wait to be along for the ride. We hope you enjoy or coverage.

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 Stats in Frisco – Starting Pitching


The Frisco RoughRiders are now in the second month of the season. The first month had it ups and downs, it roster changes, and its fun and games. If you have not made it out to Dr. Pepper Ballpark, you should go. There are not many more beautiful and fun minor league parks, especially at the AA level. 

Let’s take a look at how individual players have done through the first month or so. 

Starting Pitching:

Connor Sadzeck – After a bad first game for Frisco, Sadzeck has been nothing short of brilliant. He almost had a no hitter, and after not retiring a batter in his first outing, he now is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA. 

Collin Wiles – Wiles leads the pack with a 3-0 Record and a 2.63 ERA through 6 starts. He has 33 strikeouts to only 4 walks, by far the best on the staff so far. He is progressing wonderfully, and he may not last all season at the AA level if he continues to develop at the pace he is. 

Yohander Mendez – Mendez is 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in six starts. He has struck out 32 while walking 16. He is a highly touted prospect that a lot of Rangers fans have heard of. 

Reed Garrett – Garett is 1-4 with an 8.42 ERA, not exactly the start to the season he wanted. Garrett has been done in by home runs, giving up 4 in six starts. He has also allowed 24 earned runs in those four starts. He has also had two bad relief appearences. 

Tomorrow we will look at the bullpen, and then we will round it out with some offensive and defensive stats. 

The Week that Was 

The Frisco RoughRiders have completed a week of the season plus, and they are currently sitting at 4-5. They have had some bad blowouts and also some good blowouts. I thought we would take a look at who has excelled so far im the youmg 2017 MiLB season.

Pitching:

Yohander Mendez is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA in his first two starts. He has struck out ten in 10.2 innings pitched and allowed three earned runs.

Collin Wiles is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his first two starts. He has struck out seven in six innings pitched and allowed two earned runs. 

At the plate:

Scott Heinemen is leading the average totals with an average of .355, ane he has taken the most walks with five.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Eric Aguilera lead the RBI race with seven each. 
Juremi Profar leads the team in home runs (2) and total bases (19). 
Up next the RoughRiders have the Tulsa Drillers, with Collin Wiles starting Monday’s game. 

RoughRiders Series One

The Frisco Rough Riders completed their first series Saturday night, and although they did not win the series, they played well. Let’s look at a few of the stars from the first series. 

Game 1: 9-3 loss

Connor Sadzeck did not have a good start. One game a career does not wait. I look forward to seeing what he has to offer this team in 2017. 

The rest of the pitching staff gave up no earned runs  (5 unearned), and David Ledbetter pitched 3 good innings. 

Isiah Kiner-Falifa knocked in all three runs and looked inpressive. Juremi Profar went 2 for 4 with a run. 

Game 2: 7-0 loss

Ariel Jurado gave up seven runs on eleven hits, and once again the bullpen was strong. The pen gave up no runs on just one hit. They pitched 4.2 innings of shut out baseball.

The offense spread eight hits over nine innings, but just couldn’t push any runs across. 

Game 3: 10-2 win

Yohander Mendez was very good, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out four. He looked sharp and in control for most of the game. No runs given up by the bullpen again.

The offense came alive again, spearheaded by, you guessed it, Isiah Kiner-Falifa. He was two for four with two rbi and two runs, including a home run. In fact, five players including Kiner-Falifa had a two hit day, and center fielder Jose Cardona collected three hits. 

The Roughriders finished the weekend by beginning a series against the Tulsa Drillers, and they once again lost the game. 

Minor league baseball is a lot of fun to watch, and if you have never caught a game in Frisco, I highly recommend it. The Roughriders finish the homestand with two more against Tulsa before hitting the road later this week.

Player Profiles: Connor Sadzeck

ConnorSadzeck1280_uzrhl1xq_3g5j6qsxAs we get ready to kick off the 2017 minor league season, I thought I would take some time to profile some of the rising stars in the Rangers organization, focusing on Frisco. I thought that there was no better place to start that the six foot seven inch, 240 pound right hander Connor Sadzeck.

Sadzeck was with Frisco for the entire 2016 season, posting a 10-8 record with an ERA of 4.16. He struck out 133  while walking just 52. Connor gets the nod Thursday night as the opening day starter. According to Baseball Prospectus, Connor is

“quick off the mound with good rhythm…deep arm action; above average arm speed to a three-quarter slot; late drop with moderate drive…moderate effort delivery.”

He features a fastball (91-96), a curveball (74-77), and a change up (87-88). He has a dominating presence on the mound, being 6′ 7″. Sadzeck could get a call-up at some point in 2017, but as a bullpen candidate. For now, he will be the ace of the Rough Riders Staff. Tonight should be a whole lot of fun, and with the Rangers having the night off, you should treat yourself to the second opening day of the week. Tonight at 7:05 on FSSW Plus.