It’s been quite a rough season for the Frisco Roughriders, the Double-A affiliate baseball team of the Texas Rangers. Sitting at 32-50 record and buried at the bottom of the Texas League South standings. At this point, a playoff berth is perhaps quite out of the question.
Centerfielder Michael O’Neil and Shortstop Michael De Leon both having over 70 hits have sparked the team’s ability to do their best of taking advantage of opportunities. O’Neil, a former prospect of the New York Yankees organization, is second in the Rangers minor league system in bases stolen.
The club’s pitching has been out there and pulling through the good and rough times through this roller coaster of a season. Frisco leads the Texas League in hits allowed, as well as runs. However, they’re third in strikeouts. Pedro Payano, who’s started 14 games has a 3-6 record. Only three pitchers on the team have a winning record.
From June 24 to July 3, the Roughriders found themselves on a six-game winning streak, their longest since April 25-30 of 2016. The brilliance of the batting lineup allowed them to average 7.5 runs per game. Preston Beck and Juremi Profar had big roles in the explosive batting performance.
On July 2 and 3, Profar and Beck both hit grand slams respectively. Beck, along with O’Neil lead the club in home runs. The batting lineup is doing their best, but the struggling of pitching has affected the team, which is perhaps the reason for the struggles and disappointment all season.
Despite the disappointment, the Roughriders are refusing to allow it to stop them from succeeding as a team. They know that while a playoff berth is out of their reach, there’s one big important thing that isn’t: pride. They’ve still got plenty of games left to play and they’ve shown how committed they are to making the best of their season.