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Seven 2022 Riders Win Organizational All-Star Nods

Riders Outpower Hooks to End June

January 4, 2023 – Texas League (TL)Frisco RoughRiders News Release

Frisco RoughRiders first baseman Blaine Crim
Frisco RoughRiders first baseman Blaine Crim
(Frisco RoughRiders)

FRISCO, Texas – On Tuesday, seven 2022 Frisco RoughRiders players took home Texas Rangers Organizational All-Star awards by

Full list of All-Stars:

Catcher: Liam Hicks (ACL Rangers, Down East, Hickory)

First Base: Blaine Crim (Frisco, Round Rock)

Second Base: Justin Foscue (Frisco)

Third Base: Thomas Saggese (Hickory, Frisco)

Shortstop: Jonathan Ornelas (Frisco)

Outfield: Bubba Thompson (Round Rock, Texas)

Outfield: Evan Carter (Hickory, Frisco)

Outfield: Ezequiel Duran (Frisco, Round Rock, Texas)

Right-handed starting pitcher: Mason Englert (Hickory, Frisco)

Left-handed starting pitcher: Mitch Bratt (Down East)

Reliever: Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa (Down East)

Crim was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock in the final week of the season, exiting Frisco as one of the best players in franchise history. In 2022 alone, he hit .295/.363/.508/.871 with the RoughRiders, bashing 24 homers and driving in 91 over 119 games. He led the Rangers organization in home runs and RBIs while being one of 25 players in Minor League Baseball with at least 20 home runs and 95 RBIs. Over his Riders career, he is fourth in franchise history in batting average (.293) and tied for sixth in home runs (33).

Foscue, a former first-round selection of the Rangers in 2020, spent the entire year in Frisco, hitting .288/.367/.483 with a team-best 31 doubles (tied for third in MiLB among those who played 101 games or fewer) and 81 RBIs. The Rangers No. 5 prospect finished second to Crim in RBIs among Rangers farmhands and second to Duran in doubles.

Saggese, who took home the “True Ranger” Award in 2022 for exemplifying what it means to represent the organization certainly showed out on the field as well. His only regular-season time in Frisco was during the final week of the season, collecting Texas League Player of the Week honors by hitting .381/.409/.857/1.266 in five games with three doubles, two triples, a grand slam and nine RBIs. Overall, Saggese hit .312/.361/.506/.867 over 103 games between High-A Hickory and Frisco. Saggese is the Rangers No. 19 prospect.

Ornelas was honored for his glove when he was named the 2022 Texas Rangers Minor League Defender of the Year after the season. He showed off his defensive prowess at multiple positions in 2022 while spending the entire season with Frisco. The primary shortstop (86 games) also spent 29 games at…

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