FRISCO, Texas (Jan. 17, 2018) - The Texas Rangers announced their 2017 Minor League Award recipients, which included three players - Ronald Guzman, Jose Trevino and Ricardo Rodriguez - who have played for the Frisco RoughRiders. Trevino and Rodriguez played for the RoughRiders last season, Guzman in 2016.
The 2017 Minor League Award recipients:
Ronald Guzman-Tom Grieve Player of the Year
Guzman led Triple-A Round Rock in average (.298), runs (78), hits (140), and multi-hit games (38) in 2017. The first baseman posted an .806 OPS, his highest since an .808 figure in his first professional season in 2012 with the Arizona Rangers. Guzman played for Frisco in 2016, hitting .288 with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs in 102 games.
Jose Trevino-Defender of the Year
Trevino rated statistically as the top defensive catcher in the Texas League at Double-A Frisco, compiling a .996 fielding percentage and leading all TL backstops in games (99), total chances (829), putouts (762), assists (64), and caught stealing percentage at 41.3%. He was awarded a minor league Gold Glove for the second consecutive season.
Ricardo Rodriguez-Reliever of the Year
Rodriguez combined to go 5-1 with 17 saves and 1.34 ERA (7 ER/47.0 IP) in 35 relief appearances with Down East and Double-A Frisco, averaging 11.7 SO/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in the minors this season. He retired 45 consecutive batters at Down East from May 14-June 28 and ranked second in the Carolina League with 12 saves at the time of his promotion to Frisco. Rodriguez made his Major League debut with the Rangers on August 14 and appeared in 16 games with the club.
Kyle Cody-Nolan Ryan Pitcher of the Year
Cody posted the lowest ERA among all Texas farmhands, going 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA (37 ER/126.0 IP) and 136 strikeouts over 23 games/starts with Low-A Hickory and High-A Down East.
The Rangers also announced that former pitcher Colby Lewis is the recipient of the 2018 Mark Holtz Alumni Award.
Lewis and the minor league recipients will be honored at the 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner, which takes place this Friday, January 19 at Gilley's Dallas. Tickets for the dinner, which will honor a number of baseball personalities and feature appearances by Texas Rangers past and present, are now on sale at www.texasrangers.com/awards. Individual tickets for the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner are priced at $110.00 each with tables of ten also available. Net proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Gilley's Dallas is located at 1135 S. Lamar St. in Dallas. The 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner is also sponsored by FOX Sports Southwest, CBS11/TXA21, and 105.3 The FAN.
The RoughRiders open the 2018 season Thursday, April 5 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available at RidersBaseball.com, (972) 731-9200 and the RoughRiders Ticket 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. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past three seasons, investing nearly $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a 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 upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz, 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 Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.