FRISCO, Texas (May 19, 2018) - Frisco RoughRiders right-handed pitcher Ariel Jurado has been promoted directly to the Texas Rangers and is scheduled to make his Major League debut in a start against the Chicago White Sox tonight at 6:10 p.m.
Jurado, 22, is off to a great start in 2018 with the RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers. The Panamanian righty is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA through his first six starts. He is in his third season with the Riders, which includes a selection to the Texas League Midseason All-Star team last year.
Once he debuts, Jurado will become the 143rd former Riders player to make his Major League debut and the third this season, joining infielders Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ronald Guzman .
The Riders continue their four-game homestand tonight at 7:05 vs. Corpus Christi as they celebrate Military Appreciation Night, presented by ABC Home & Commercial Services. For tickets to tonight's game and other remaining home games during the Riders 15th Anniversary Season, visit RidersBaseball.com, call (972) 731-9200 or visit the Dr Pepper Ballpark box office.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 13 seasons (2005-2017). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world's largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Choctaw Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Neftali Feliz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.
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