FRISCO, Texas -- Two highly-touted Texas Rangers pitching prospects made appearances with the Double-A affiliate Frisco RoughRiders on Wednesday against the Midland RockHounds at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Left-hander Martin Perez started the game for the RoughRiders and gave up three runs -- two earned – on three hits, walking two and striking out five in six innings of work.
Perez didn't allow a hit in the first three innings and struck out four of the first 10 batters he faced. He threw 62 of his 99 pitches on the night for strikes with his fastball averaging 93 mph.
However, Perez struggled to get through the middle of his outing. Perez allowed two runs -- one earned -- on two hits in the fourth and gave up a nine-pitch walk in the inning. Perez also allowed a one-pitch solo home run in the fifth with two outs.
“They made an adjustment to every pitch he was throwing and he lost a little bit of his command, but he was able to get back on track quickly,” his translator said through Perez.
Perez bounced back, getting four consecutive outs, including a strikeout to end the sixth inning and his night on the mound.
“Overall he feels great. Everything he’s worked since the beginning of the season has been paying off and he feels the plan he has right now is in good shape.” his translator said through Perez.
Right-hander Tanner Scheppers, recovering from a lower back injury, threw 28 pitches -- 12 for strikes -- in 2/3 of an inning during the eighth. In his second outing this season, Scheppers mixed in his fastball, curveball, change-up and slider but couldn’t find the strike zone with his pitches. Scheppers would leave the game with two walks, two strikeouts and a slider that hit a batter in the leg.
“I just didn’t have my off-speed stuff today,” Scheppers said. “I couldn’t get it to work for a strike and obviously falling behind on some guys, when that happens you’re not going to have the greatest results."