The Rangers announced their Minor League pitcher, player and defender award recipients for the month of August.
Double-A Frisco left-hander Derek Holland took home the pitching honors while Low-A Clinton first baseman Mitch Moreland and Frisco second baseman Jose Vallejo won player and defender honors, respectively.
Holland went 3-0 in August with a 2.03 ERA in five games, split between High-A Bakersfield and Frisco. All three victories came with Frisco, but in four Double-A starts, his ERA was a microscopic 0.69 in 26 innings. Holland’s August honors come a month after winning Texas’ July Minor League Pitcher of the Month.
Moreland hit .380 in the month of August with five home runs, eight doubles and 23 RBI in 108 at-bats over 28 games for Clinton. His OPS for the month was a robust 1.037 – not bad for a kid who wasn’t drafted until the 17th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Forming half of Frisco’s keystone combo with Elvis Andrus, Jose Vallejo committed just one error at second base during the month of August.
Oklahoma drops game three against Iowa
Triple-A Oklahoma now trails Iowa two game to one in a best-of-five series after losing, 2-1, on Friday. The series continues tonight at 7:05 p.m. Central.
Frisco completes sweep of San Antonio
Michael Schlact allowed one run in six innings as Frisco won, 9-3, to finish off its sweep of San Antonio in the best-of-five series. Schlact scattered six hits and struck out four. Schlact’s effort came on the heels of two gems pitched by the aforementioned Holland and Neftali Feliz.
In Game 1, Holland went 7 1/3, allowing one run on two hits, including a home run, and a walk as he struck out five. The next night, Feliz hurled seven shutout innings, striking out 11 and allowing just three hits and two walks. The seven innings set a career high and the 11 strikeouts matched a career best.
Clinton was eliminated from the postseason with a 5-4 loss to Cedar Rapids in 11 innings. The LumberKings were swept, 2-0, in a best-of-three series.
Hogan walk-off in 10th inning lifts Spokane
Doug Hogan, Texas’ 18th round selection in last June’s First-Year Player Draft, hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday against Salem-Keizer to tie the Short-A Spokane’s best-of-five series with Salem-Keizer at a game apiece.