Rangers Roundup: Pitching prospects ending regular season on high notes

Aug. 28: Derek Holland lowered his ERA to 0.69 with Double-A Frisco, despite earning a no-decision. Holland shutout the Corpus Christi Hooks over six innings, allowing just four hits and two walks and striking out seven.

Aug. 29: The next night against the same Corpus Christi Hooks club, Neftali Feliz pitched nearly as well as Holland, but took a loss. Feliz allowed a solitary run in five innings on six hits and two walks while he struck out six as his Double-A ERA ducked back below 3.00 to 2.98.

Feliz’ regular season ends with 127.1 total innings pitched. With Frisco, Feliz went 4-3 with 47 strikeouts to 23 walks and opponents hit .217 against him.

The same night, Low-A Clinton right-hander Blake Beavan, Texas’ first-round pick from 2007, pitched four shoutout innings against Cedar Rapids, allowing just two hits and striking out three.

In 23 starts with Clinton this season, Beavan has gone 10-6 with a 2.37 ERA in 121.2 innings and 73 strikeouts to 20 walks.

Justin Smoaking

Justin Smoak wrapped up his first calendar month of professional baseball with a .294 average, three home runs and six RBI in 13 games. He’s hitting .412 with a home run and two RBI.

—Shawn Shroyer

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