Minor League Monday: August 12th

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(AAA) Round Rock Express

Player of the week: Wilmer Font

Font had a sip of a coffee in the bigs earlier in the season. After re-optioned to Round Rock after the all-star break, he’s had a perfect 8.2-inning stretch where he’s posted a 0.00 ERA with 3 hits allowed, 13/5 K/BB, holding 36 batters he’s faced to a .103/.278/.103 line. There’s a strong chance that you’ll see Font in the Rangers’ bullpen in September.

(AA) Frisco RoughRiders

Player of the week: Rougned Odor

With the departure of Mike Olt, and loss of Jurickson Profar’s prospect status, many evaluators now see the 19-year old Venezuelan second baseman Rougned Odor as the best prospect in the Rangers organization. “Roogie” had hit safely in every game until Sunday’s campaign against Tulsa after his arrival to Frisco. In his first 10 games at AA, Roogie is hitting .326/.383/.674 with 3 HR in 47 PA. He needs to work on his plate discipline (26/67 BB/K at high-A, 3/9 at AA so far), and had some critical moments defensively. Roogie has kicked off his AA career very well.

(High-A) Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Player of the week: Odubel Herrera

To make room for Odor, Herrera got demoted to Myrtle Beach. He only posted a .257/.289/.339 slash in 389 PA at AA, but in his first 36 high-A plate appearances, Herrera is hitting for a healthy .355/.487/.387 line with  7 to 8 BB/K ratio. Defensively, Herrera has already committed 4 errors. At the age of 21 (the average age for Carolina League’s position players is 22.7), he still has a plenty of time to redeem himself and get back on track.

(Low-A) Hickory Crawdads

Player of the week: Cody Ege

Weeks after getting drafted by the Rangers in the 15th round in this year’s amateur draft, Ege played in the College World Series as a member of Louisville University squad. In 2013, Ege posted a 1.04 ERA with a 52/12 K/BB ratio in 34.2 innings for the Cardinals. His stellar year continues in the Rangers organization. In an outstanding 6.2 innings at short season-A, Ege gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, struck out 7 while walked no one to get a promotion to Hickory. He continues shining with the ‘Dads by posting a 0.66 ERA, 11 hits allowed, 21/3 K/BB in 13.1 innings at Hickory. I think either Ege or David Ledbetter will be the first player to make it to the bigs  from the 2013 Rangers draft class.

(Short Season-A) Spokane Indians

Player of the week: Abel De Los Santos

The 20-year old Dominican right hander shows polished control statistically in 2013. De Los Santos has appeared in 14 games, posted a 3.31 ERA  with an excellent .184/.240/.365 opposing line with 40/7 K/BB in 32.2 innings.

(Rookie) Arizona Rangers

Player of the week: Isaiah Kiner-Falefa

The Rangers’ 4th round pick in the 2013 rule 4 draft started his pro career poorly. In his first 93 PA with the baby Ranger squad, Kiner-Falefa only hit .247/322/.272 with just 2 extra-base hits. Then the 18-year old Hawaiian middle infielder boosted as time goes by. In his last 71 PA, he’s hitting .413/.471/.444. Also, he has an 80 name.

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Grew up in Tokyo, Kaz fell in love with the 2004 Rangers that featured Hank Blalock and Mark Teixeira, and has been a fan since then. Other than doing baseball-related activity, which consumes most of his time, he enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He also writes for The Dynasty Guru and The Scoop Sports. You can follow Kaz on Twitter @Kazuto_Yamazaki and reach him via email kazuto.yamazaki@shutdowninning.com.

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