Martinez homers twice, plates eight

Rangers prospect pounds 'Hound pitching again for Riders

Teodoro Martinez has hit nine of his 15 homers against Midland in 2013. (Walter Barnard/

By Robert Emrich / | September 1, 2013 5:27 PM ET

The Frisco Kid was at it again on Sunday.

Teodoro Martinez homered twice and amassed a career-high eight RBIs as Double-A Frisco routed host Midland, 14-1.

The 21-year-old outfielder went 4-for-5 and finished a triple shy of the cycle. After getting the RoughRiders on with a second-inning grand slam and doubling in the third, Martinez blasted his second long ball, a three-run shot in the sixth. He added an RBI single in the eighth to cap his afternoon.

"He had a real big game, no doubt," manager Steve Buechele said. "Teo is one of those kids that goes up there and he's ready to hit a fastball. He got a couple, he hit them the other way in this ballpark and he's killed Midland all year long."

Nine of the Venezuela native's 15 home runs this season have come at the RockHounds' expense. He's batting .340 (36-for-106) with 28 RBIs in 26 games against the Texas League club.

"He's had this team's number," Buechele said. "In this ballpark, he's smart enough to do it [go the opposite way] and they're not going to let him hurt them down the left-field line. In this park, under the conditions we had today, if you hit a ball down the right-field line, it's going to go."

Overall, Martinez is batting .248 with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 116 games on the circuit. He's scored 50 runs while stealing 21 bases for the RoughRiders.

Luis Sardinas, the Rangers' No. 2 prospect, had four hits and crossed the plate once while Rougned Odor was 3-for-6 with an RBI. Ryan Rua reached base three times and scored three runs. All three players joined Frisco in August and have been instrumental in the team's late surge; the club has won 11 of their last 16 games. 

"I think it's nice that they get a chance to come here to Double-A and see what it's like," Buechele said "We get to see where they're at and how they're handling it. They've all been contributors to the success we've had in August. They've handled themselves well and they've done a good job."

Nick Martinez gave up a run on three hits over six innings to earn his second win for the RoughRiders.

Oakland's No. 17 prospect Max Muncy homered twice for Midland.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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