Around The Minors: Rangers Affiliate News

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For those who may not have a way to keep track of the Rangers minor league affiliates, some interesting storylines have emerged in the last couple of weeks. Here’s a quick rehash of the big stories:
Mike Olt has not had a great start to his AAA career in 2013. He was having trouble at the plate and many were wondering what was going on. He recently went to a vision specialist to get his eyes checked out after it was revealed that he was having vision issues. The initial checkup showed no issues and he is currently visiting with another specialist to get a deeper look. Hopefully he will be back in action soon and if there are problems, they can be resolved successfully. 

The Hickory Crawdads are crushing home runs at a torrid pace. In 31 games, they’ve hit 52 baseballs out of the park. It’s fun to see a lineup that boasts names like Gallo, Brinson, and Alfaro doing this kind of work. Ronald Guzman will be added back to the roster off of the DL probably close to the end of the month and will look to contribute as well. Reminder about Guzman: he is slated to be the primary first baseman for the Crawdads upon his return. Keep an eye on Hickory; they’re extremely fun to watch this season.

Cody Buckel has been sent back to Surprise, Arizona to participate in extended Spring Training. He has not had a successful 2013 with the Riders. He had been bounced from the starting rotation to the bullpen and just couldn’t get things figured out from a mental or mechanical standpoint. The Rangers and Riders hope to see him rebound in the controlled environment of Surprise and get back on track.

Two Rangers are making rehab starts this week with Frisco and Round Rock. Martin Perez started in Frisco yesterday after getting his fractured wrist healed up. Perez’s final line: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 53 pitches, 34 strikes. He was the initial candidate to take over for Colby Lewis in rotation, but that spot went to Nicholas Tepesch. Speaking of Lewis, he is slated to start for Round Rock on Wednesday in Las Vegas. His last extended spring start was 27 pitches over 2 innings and he said he was feeling fine and ready for his rehab assignments.

Sarah Powers is a Staff Writer for ShutDowninning.com. She can be reached at sarah.powers@shutdowninning.com or on Twitter @Power_Play86.
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