FRISCO, TEXAS (July 9, 2016) - RoughRiders infielder Ronald Guzman has been selected to participate in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, held Sunday at 6:00 p.m. CT at San Diego's Petco Park. Today he was placed on the temporary inactive list, leaving the RoughRiders to play in Sunday's contest.
Guzman, 21, is thriving with the Riders in his first season at the Double-A level. Through 81 games, Guzman is second in the Texas League in batting average (.298). The lefty slugger has 11 home runs and 40 RBI on the campaign, including a three-run homer on Friday vs. Arkansas. The home run extended Guzman's season-long hit streak to 11 games, which is his fourth hitting streak of six or more games this season. He also had a 17-game on-base streak earlier this year.
The native of the Dominican Republic was named a Mid-Season All-Star in the Texas League this year, his first time earning an All-Star spot in his five years as a professional. Guzman signed with the Rangers as a Non-Drafted Free Agent on July 2, 2011.
Guzman will be one of two Rangers farmhands participating in Sunday's Futures Game. Class A-Advanced High Desert infielder Travis Demeritte, who is tied for the fifth-most home runs in Minor League Baseball (20), will play for US Team, playing against Guzman and the World Team. Last year, the Rangers organization sent outfielders Nomar Mazara and Nick Williams to the game.
Sunday's game will be broadcast live by MLB Network. For more information, and to find what channel MLB Network is on in your area, click here.
The Riders start a three-game series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals tonight at 7:05 p.m. on Princess Night at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Fans can watch the game on MiLB.tv (subscription required) or listen to the action on the Frisco RoughRiders Radio Network, the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App. Dr Pepper Pregame Show coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for Saturday's game and other remaining home games this season are available now online at RidersBaseball.com, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, over the phone at (972) 731-9200, or in-person at the RoughRiders 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 11 seasons (2005-2015). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg and Scott Sonju. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past two seasons, investing over $7 million in wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including the new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store, and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The improvements made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. More than 130 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Elvis Andrus, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and C.J. Wilson as well as current Rangers stars Derek Holland, Rougned Odor, and Mitch Moreland. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Nathan Barnett at (972) 334-1976 or via e-mail at Nathan@RidersBaseball.com.