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Rangers’ Odor finding his former stroke in Round Rock

Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has been with Triple A Round Rock since May 11. He’s batting .349 with only seven strikeouts and two errors in the field.
Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor has been with Triple A Round Rock since May 11. He’s batting .349 with only seven strikeouts and two errors in the field. Star-Telegram

Rougned Odor is not long for Triple A Round Rock.

If the young second baseman keeps going at his current rate he’s likely to be back on the Texas Rangers’ 25-man roster this month.

Odor has been tearing it up with the Express since being sent down on May 11 after struggling through the first month and a half of the season with a .144 batting average.

He has a six-game hitting streak and has multi-hit games five of those six, including two hits Friday night at Reno. He had nine hits in four games in Reno, including four doubles and a triple. He’s now batting .349 with only seven strikeouts in 98 plate appearances.

“He’s made some really nice improvements offensively, keeping both hands on the bat, barreling the ball much better,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He’s not chasing as much, he’s controlling the strike zone.”

The reports from Round Rock that Banister has been getting also praise for Odor’s improvement on defense. His footwork has been better. He has only two errors in 83 chances with Round Rock compared with three in 118 chances with the Rangers.

“Not as loping, moving without the drag or the bounce,” Banister said of Odor’s footwork. “He’s getting himself in position to field the ground ball a lot better.”

Banister did not say how much longer Odor will remain in Triple A. With Hanser Alberto’s success defensively at second and at the plate the past week, the need for Odor’s quick return is less of an issue.

Faulkner in fine form

Double A Frisco left-hander Andrew Faulkner had his best outing of the season Friday night at Tulsa.

He struck out seven, walked one and allowed three hits (all singles) in seven innings. The 22-year-old threw 89 pitches (54 strikes). He’s allowed just two earned runs on six hits in his past 13 innings and three earned runs on 12 hits in his past 18 innings to lower his ERA to 4.56.

Cruising right along

Frisco right-hander Jake Thompson is in some kind of groove entering his Saturday start.

He’s allowed two runs in his past 20 2/3 innings. He has struck out 22 and walked three. He’s lowered his ERA to 2.09 and lowered his batting average against 40 points, from .309 to .269.

He’s among Texas League leaders in wins (five), strikeouts (54) and leads in strikeouts per nine innings (9.23).

Brinson back

High A High Desert outfielder and Rangers 2012 first-round draft pick Lewis Brinson returned from the disabled list Friday and played center field.

A hamstring injury had kept him out of the lineup since April 26. He was 1 for 4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored on Friday.

Keep an eye on ...

Low A Hickory left-hander Yohander Mendez hasn’t allowed an earned run in 19 1/3 innings of relief this season.

He has 30 strikeouts and six walks, and hitters are batting just .108 against him in nine appearances.

Weems signs

Former Baylor infielder Beamer Weems signed with the Rangers and was assigned to Frisco earlier this week.

Weems, 27, was drafted in the eighth round in 2008 and was most recently playing with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @StevensonFWST

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