Texas Rangers

Minor League Insider: Veteran Ed Lucas could spell struggling Odor at second

Triple A Round Rock’s Ed Lucas could be an option if the Texas Rangers decide to send struggling second baseman Rougned Odor down to the minors.

Lucas is hitting .316 with a .381 on-base percentage. He also has seven extra-base hits. Lucas, who turns 33 on May 21, has major league experience with the Marlins in 2013 and 2014.

Odor, 21, is hitting .144 with 25 strikeouts with the Rangers. He’s been replaced in the starting lineup by Adam Rosales in three of the past five games.

Odor was called up after only 62 games at the Double A level in 2014. Rangers manager Jeff Banister and general manager Jon Daniels both have said that a stint in the minors might be beneficial for Odor.

Frisco sellout

Double A Frisco sold out Friday’s game against the San Antonio Missions at Dr Pepper Ballpark in advance of game day, the first sellout in the 13-year history of the franchise.

“This is a remarkable milestone and a wonderful indication of how our community is embracing the new and improved Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark experience,” RoughRiders CEO and general partner Chuck Greenberg said in a release.

Frisco drew a single-game record of 11,915 at Dr Pepper Ballpark, more than the Rangers and Rays in Tampa Bay (11,704) on Friday.

Gallo’s first homer

Frisco’s Joey Gallo hit his first home run of the season Wednesday. It was an opposite-field shot to left field. It snapped a career-long 11-game streak without a homer. His previous long homerless stretch was nine games. Gallo, 21, hit 42 homers in 2014.

Nomar breaks out

Frisco’s Nomar Mazara snapped a stretch of 72 at-bats without an extra-base hit Monday with a first-inning triple. Mazara, 20, finished with his first four-hit game, including a double and triple and an RBI and run scored.

Love Me, Tendler

Low A Hickory outfielder Luke Tendler leads all Rangers minor leaguers with 62 total bases, including 12 doubles, a triple and five homers. Tendler, 23, was a 29th-round selection in 2014 out of North Carolina A&T. He’s hitting .320 in 27 games through Friday.

Mr. Robinson

Frisco infielder Drew Robinson leads all Rangers minor leaguers with seven homers. He leads the Texas League and is tied for sixth in the minors. He is also third in the Texas League with 22 walks. He also leads Rangers minor leaguers with seven stolen bases and hasn’t been caught stealing through Friday.

Frisco moves

Frisco placed right-hander Josh McElwee on the seven-day disabled list and called up left-hander Cody Ege from Advanced-A High Desert.

Stefan Stevenson


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