Rafael Montero had his worst outing as a professional in his last start, allowing 10 runs (7 ER) on 10 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1. He still owns a sparkling K:BB of 40:4 and is being hit at a .220 clip despite the last start.
Jose Ramirez got a late start to the year, throwing 4 innings of shutout relief (1 BB/6 K) on April 26th, followed by a start five days later in which he allowed an unearned run on 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 6. He’s consistently struck out ~8.5/9 and 20-22% over his minor league career.
Ben Wells went 7 IP in his last start (3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K) and has struck out 18 and walked 12 over 32.2 IP this year.
Matt Bowman earned a promotion to the FSL with 4 very good starts for Savannah. He struck out 26 and walked 4 over 30.2 IP and allowed SAL batters to hit .237 against him. C Albert Cordero has been put on the DL, and C Xorge Carrillo has been borrowed from XST, while Carlos Vasquez has been taken off the St. Lucie roster after appearing in one game in his week on the active roster.
Collin McHugh allowed 4 runs on 7 hits over 4 IP in his last start. He struck out 4 and walked 2 in Reno. In his last three starts he has allowed at least 4 runs has not struck out more than 4.
This part of the Express rotation is up for grabs, seven days ago Randy Wells failed to get out of the 3rd inning and retired, and the next day Collin Balester failed to get out of the 4th inning and went on the DL. Combined with needs for the Rangers and they have already used nine different starting pitchers. Despite the numerous starters Round Rock pitching has put up a 3.62 ERA which is 2nd in the PCL, and the leagues lowest whip at 1.27. They have tallied the third most K’s with 261 and least walks with 87. Closer Cory Burns has yet to allow a run with 17 K and 2 BB over 11 appearances. Mike Olt is hitting .139/.235/.236 striking out 40% of the time, making Mets fans everyone forget they ranted for weeks this winter that we should trade Dickey for him… helping the Express to second worst in the PCL with a .256 team average. They do take walks, second in the PCL with 138. More than you would ever need to know about the Round Rock Express.