Infielders Ryan Dorow and Yonny Hernandez have been promoted from high-A Down East to AA Frisco, it was announced today. In addition, per Jamey Newberg, lefthanded pitcher Brock Burke has been moved to Frisco.
Dorow, 23, is a righthanded hitting infielder who plays all the infield positions and gets raves for his glovework. He was a 30th round pick in 2017, and while most 30th round picks don’t make it to the majors, the Rangers’ 2011, 2013 and 2015 30th rounders were Phil Klein, Joe Palumbo and Jeffrey Springs, so Dorow has that going for him. After spending all of 2018 at Hickory, slashling .271/.342/.425, Dorow has a .265/.378/.398 slash line for Down East this year while mostly playing third base. He’s not a top prospect, but he’s a guy who provides some depth at the upper levels, and could end up getting some major league time as an up-and-down bench option.
Hernandez, 21, is a tiny infielder — he is listed at 5’9”, 140 lbs. He has split time between second base and shortstop for Down East this year, where he has slashed .298/.426/.331. He’s great at getting on base, but has had some adventures on the base paths — he’s 17 of 31 trying to steal — and his lack of power makes it questionable whether he’ll be able to keep drawing walks at this rate as he moves up the ladder. Nevertheless, he’s young and is going to get an opportunity in the Texas League.
Finally, lefthanded pitcher Brock Burke is back at AA Frisco. The 22 year old started the year there and made three starts, leaving two of them early due to blister issues, before landing on the injured list with a shoulder issue. He made a start last week for the AZL Rangers and one earlier this week for Hickory, and he’s now back officially with the Roughriders. Burke is on the 40 man roster already, and if he pitches well going forward, could be an option for the major league team at some point this year.