The Rangers have announced the club's minor league award winners for June: RHP Nick Tepesch was pitcher of the month, infielder Tommy Mendonca was player of the month, infielder Guilder Rodriguez was defender of the month and RHP Ryan Rodebaugh was named reliever of the month.
Tepesch, 22, was 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA (9 ER/36.1 IP) and 37 strikeouts against 9 walks, while holding opposing South Atlantic League batters to a .211 average (28-133) over 6 games/starts and one complete game with Low-A Hickory. The Blue Springs, Missouri product held SAL hitters to the 9th-lowest average and was the only pitcher on the circuit to record a complete game during the month of June. The 6-foot-4 right-hander out of the University of Missouri earned South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week honors for June 6-12 following a 10-strikeout performance on June 7 vs. Lakewood. Overall, Tepesch has gone 5-3 with a 3.12 ERA and 71 strikeouts against 19 walks in 20 games/14 starts this season. Tepesch was selected in the 14th round of the 2010 June draft and signed by Dustin Smith.
■ Coleman back from Triple-A with more knowledge (vvdailypress.com)
When the Seattle Mariners called up Triple-A catchers Josh Bard and Jose Yepez on June 29 to compensate for injuries at the major league level, it sent vibrations throughout their minor league system as catchers were shuffled around the various levels.
Caught up in the shuffle was the Mavericks Trevor Coleman, who was promoted directly to Triple-A Tacoma on June 30.
Coleman spent just 10 days in Tacoma, playing in three games and garnering one hit in six at-bats. He was sent back down to High Desert on July 11, in part because three Mavericks catchers — Angel Salome, Steven Baron and Andrew Giobbi — were injured after Coleman left.
Despite the limited playing time, Coleman said it was a valuable experience.
“It was a good time,” Coleman said. “I had fun and learned a lot about the game and how those older guys go about it. It set a good example for me, gives more motivation to continue to work hard to get back to get level.”