Fresh Frisco Faces: Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas to bolster Rough Riders Roster

Future Stars: Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas join the Frisco Rough Riders

The Texas Rangers have been one of the American League’s best teams over the last three seasons.  Over that span, they’ve accumulated two A.L. Pennants, and have made the playoffs on three consecutive occasions.

Although currently mired in second place in the AL West, the Rangers are showing all the signs of making 2013 their fourth-consecutive trip to October.

One secret to the Texas Rangers’ success is the strength of their farm system. In the minor leagues, Double-A represents one key stepping stone on the path to the major leagues.  The Frisco Rough Riders welcome two future stars to their roster as they get ready to make a playoff-push of their own.

Here’s a quick look at the two aforementioned players, Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas.

Luis Sardinas—SS/2B – Signed 2009

Sardinas was drafted out of Venezuela in 2009, the same year that current Ranger Jurickson Profar was signed.  Coming into this season, Sardinas was ranked by Baseball America as the Texas Rangers’ seventh overall prospect.

Just 20-years-old, Sardinas is sure handed enough to stay at shortstop and has held his own offensively at each stop through the minor leagues.

At high-A Myrtle Beach, Sadrinas produced  a triple-slash line of .298/.358/.359.  If he can continue to dazzle with the glove while holding his own at the plate, Sardinas’ next stop might be in Arlington.

Rougned Odor—2B/SS – Signed 2011

Like Sardinas, Odor was signed out of Venezuela.  The only reason he is playing second instead of shortstop, is due to patrolling the same infield as Sardinas.  Whereas Sardinas’ glove is more advanced than Odor’s, Odor flashes more power at the plate.

At Myrtle Beach prior to the promotion, Odor had hit .306/.370/.457  with five home runs and 58 RBI.  Although Sardinas is considered young for Double-A at 20, Odor is even younger, as he won’t turn 20 until February.

Odor was ranked by Baseball America as their eleventh-seeded prospect in their farm system.

Both Rougned (pronounced “Roh-ned”) and Sardinas possess the tools to guide them to success at Double-A Frisco as well as into the big leagues. Don’t take my word for it, though, go check out these future stars live and in person this weekend, as the Frisco Rough Riders play host to the San Antonio Missions at Dr. Pepper Ballpark starting tonight!

@Tmurrayhowell

About Timothy Howell

Tim is a freelance writer from Denton that hangs in Frisco any chance he can get. He graduated from UNT with a BA in RTVF and a minor in Literature and holds an MA in Mass Communication from Texas State University, but he sets it down before the food arrives.

When not writing, he can be found on a softball field, in a gym, or covered in pug hair on his couch.
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