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.
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.
As 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.
On 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.