Odor makes impact in first Frisco game

Texas' No. 5 prospect triples, singles twice in Double-A debut

Rougned Odor was batting .303 for Myrtle Beach before his promotion. (Joy R. Absalon/MiLB.com)

By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com | August 1, 2013 9:15 PM ET

Scouts and prospect mavens may talk highly of Rougned Odor's skills and abilities. His new manager, however, raves about a different tool -- his brain.

The Rangers' No. 5 prospect delivered three hits, including a triple, and scored a run in his Double-A debut as Frisco defeated San Antonio, 7-2, on Thursday.

Batting second for the RoughRiders, Odor singled in his first two at-bats before tripling in the fifth inning, coming around to score on Brett Nicholas' groundout. He ended the night 3-for-5 and also took part in a double play.

"To have someone like Rougned out there, who I saw in Spring Training, he's just a gamer," manager Steve Buechele said. "He's a blast to watch. The kid, he can hit. He knows the game, so he'll do whatever it takes to get the job done.

"Tonight's game is a perfect example and it goes unnoticed. He broke up a double play in the first inning, and because he did, we scored three runs. No one is going to see that in the box score. He does the little things; he'll do the big things obviously. He's got a little power for not a big guy, he runs the bases well, he plays solid defense, he's just a good baseball player."

Prior to being promoted, Odor was batting .303 with 65 runs scored with 27 stolen bases in 99 games for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach. The 19-year-old second baseman is the youngest player in the Texas League, something that might concern some, but not Buechele.

"I've seen him in Spring Training and I get the reports from Jason Wood in Myrtle Beach," the former Major Leaguer said. "I think everybody is in agreement that the kid can handle it, which is a testament to his maturity.

"He's got a baseball background, he's a baseball player and this is what he loves to do. He plays the game the right way, he's a competitior, all the things you want to see in a young kid. I don't think he'll be overmatched one bit."

Luis Sardinas, Texas' No. 2 prospect, joined his double-play partner on the move to Frisco, singling in five trips to the plate in his debut. The 20-year-old shortstop also started a double play for the RoughRiders.

"Luis is a lot like Rougned in the sense that he knows the game, he's a very smart player," Beuchele said. "Sardinas is kind of more of a glider, the smooth type of player where Rougned is more of a grinder. [He] goes out there and gets his uniform dirty. They're good kids who are very talented and I'm glad I get a chance to see them, at least for a month."

Joe Benson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Chih-Hsien Chen hit an RBI double for the RoughRiders.

Arlett Mavare (2-2) gave up two runs on five hits and struck out four over five innings to earn the win for Frisco.

Reymond Fuentes smacked an RBI double for the Missions.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MiLB.com. 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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