The Texas Rangers made a big deal for the second day in a row as the trade deadline looms.
The Rangers acquired starting left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery and right-handed reliever from the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Texas sends middle infielder Thomas Saggese, right-handed pitcher and left-handed pitcher John King to St. Louis.
Saggese was the No. 14 prospect in the Rangers minor league organization, according to MLB.com. The 21-year-old was batting .314 with 14 home runs and 78 RBIs in 92 games this season for the Frisco RoughRiders of the Texas League. He was a fifth-round draft pick out of high school in 2020.
On Friday, the Rangers acquired pitcher Max Scherzere from the New York Mets for Frisco infielder Luisangel Acuna, the No. 3 prospect in the Rangers organization.
Frisco RoughRiders shortstop/second baseman Luisangel Acuna is headed to the New York Mets as part of the Texas Rangers’ trade to acquire pitcher Max Scherzer.
Acuna, who has played at Wolff Stadium a number of times this season against the San Antonio Missions, is batting .315 on the season. He has seven home runs and 51 RBIs in 84 games. He also stole 42 bases.
The 21-year-old from Venezuela was the No. 3 prospect in the Rangers’ minor league organization.
Luis Aviles Jr. opened the season wearing a San Antonio Missions uniform. Friday night he hit a long ball in his former home stadium.
Aviles, Drew Gilbert and Kenedy Corona all homered for the Corpus Christi Hooks in an 8-1 victory over the Missions at Wolff Stadium.
Aviles hit a two-run shot as part of the Hooks’ five-run second-inning surge.
The 28-year-old Aviles was signed by the San Diego Padres to a minor league contract in March and assigned to the Missions. He was released by the Missions in May and signed by a Mexican League team before being picked up by the Houston Astros organization and assigned to Corpus Christi on June 6.
Gilbert, the No. 1 prospect in the Astros minor league system mlb.com/prospects/astros/ added a three-run homer in the second inning. The 22-year-old outfielder was a first-round draft pick by the Astros in 2022 after playing in college at Tennessee.
Corona, the No. 17 Astros prospect, hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. The Hooks outfielder and leadoff batter is a 23-year-old from Venezuela.
All three Corpus Christi home runs came off Missions starting pitcher Daniel Camarena, who took the loss.
Missions manager Luke Montz was ejected in the fourth inning. He protested after Daniel Johnson’s long fly ball down the left-field line was initially ruled a home run, then changed to a foul.
The Corpus Christi Hooks took the lead for good in the first inning and added 10 runs in the sixth to beat the San Antonio Missions 13-2 on Thursday at Wolff Stadium.
Hooks right fielder Zach Daniels had five RBIs with two hits including a first-inning home run.
Corpus Christi starting pitcher Colton Gordon went five innings and got the win. He allowed two runs on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.
Gordon, the No. 8 prospect in the Houston Astros’ organization, has allowed two or fewer earned runs in his last six starts and lowered his ERA from 3.98 to 3.30 over that stretch. The 24-year-old left-hander was the Astros’ eighth-round pick in the 2021 draft after playing college ball at Central Florida.
Five San Antonio Missions pitchers teamed up to shut out the Corpus Christi Hooks 9-0 on Wednesday at Wolff Stadium.
Gabe Mosser, who was recently promoted to the Missions from Class A Fort Wayne, started and went four innings. He allowed two hits and one walk with one strikeout.
Jose Espada was the first Missions reliever out of the bullpen and went 2 2/3 innings to earn the win.
Justin Lopez got the final out of the seventh inning. Jairo Iriarte and Jose Quezada pitched one inning each to finish the game.
The Missions dominated the game with 11 hits. Ripken Reyes, Daniel Johnson, Marcos Castanon and Michael De La Cruz had two hits each. Johnson and Castanon had triples and Korry Howell and Juan Fernandez both had doubles. Castanon extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Houston Astros pitcher Jose Urquidy made his third rehab start on Tuesday night, playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks against the San Antonio Missions at Wolff Stadium.
By the numbers, it was the best of his rehab starts. He went four shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk with four strikeouts.
In two previous rehab starts with Triple-A Sugar Land, he pitched two innings on July 14 and three innings on July 19.
The 28-year-old right-hander last pitched for Houston on April 30. He had a 2-2 record in six starts on the season for the Astros. He went on the 15-day disabled list on May 1 with right shoulder discomfort.
The Hooks beat the Missions 5-0 on Tuesday with home runs from Jordan Brewer, Chad Stevens and Zach Daniels.
The San Antonio Missions managed just five hits in a 4-1 loss to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Saturday at Wolff Stadium.
Jackson Merrill scored the Missions’ only run in the bottom of the eighth inning after the Naturals had a 3-0 lead. Merrill doubled, went to third after walks by Marcos Castanon and Daniel Johnson, and then came home on a passed ball. Merrill is the top prospect in the San Diego Padres organization and made his Missions debut on Friday.
Missions right-hander Jairo Iriarte made his Double-A debut. The 21-year-old pitched the seventh and eighth innings and didn’t allow a run, hit or walk and struck out five batters. Before being promoted, he pitched in 14 games for the high Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps, all starts, with a 3-3 record and 3.10 ERA.
Gabe Mosser also pitched in relief for the Missions in his first appearance after being promoted from Fort Wayne. He started the sixth inning and got two outs before being replaced. He allowed two runs and three hits with no walks and one strikeout. Mosser pitched in five games for the Missions in 2022.
Missions starting pitcher Jackson Wolf had a solid night but took the loss. He completed five innings and gave up one run on four hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Jackson Merrill, Marcos Castanon and Brandon Valenzuela all spent most of this season playing in Class A.
Valenzuela joined the San Antonio Missions when he was promoted on June 27. Merrill and Castanon both made their Missions debuts on Friday night at Wolff Stadium.
Valenzuela had the big hit – a two-run homer in the second inning that made it 3-0 – as the Missions beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4-2. It was his first home run since joining the Missions.
Korry Howell also hit his first home run of the season with a solo shot in the fourth inning that made it 4-0.
Merrill made a quick impact with a triple in his first at-bat. He scored the Missions’ first run of the game later in the first inning on a double by Juan Fernandez.
Castanon had a double and a walk.
The two newest Missions were next to each other on the infield with Castanon starting at third base and Merrill at shortstop.
Merrill is the No. 1 prospect in the San Diego Padres organization. He played in 68 games for the Fort Wayne TinCaps in high Class A and batted .280 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs. Castanon played 77 games for the TinCaps and batted .287 with 13 home runs and 58 RBIs.
Missions starting pitcher Jose Espada went four innings and did not allow a run. Raul Brito was the first pitcher out of the Missions bullpen and turned in 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. Jose Quezada got the save.
Manager Luke Montz was not with the team. Bench coach Felipe Blanco, who typically coaches first base, was coaching third base and running the team.
The Frisco RoughRiders scored twice in the top of the ninth to beat the San Antonio Missions 6-4 on Sunday at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions managed only five hits. One of those was a three-run home run by Daniel Johnson in the bottom of the third inning, giving San Antonio a 4-1 lead. It was his fourth home run and 13th extra-base hit of the season.
Ripken Reyes scored the Missions’ other run when he came home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first.
Missions pitcher Bobby Milacki made his first start of the season after 14 relief appearances at Single A Fort Way and three recently with San Antonio. He went five innings and was an out away from being in position to get a win before allowing a two-run homer to Frisco’s Thomas Saggese with two outs in the fifth.
Milacki’s final line was five full innings, four runs, seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
Fans at Wolff Stadium got to see a member of the Texas Rangers on the mound. Jose Leclerc, who went in the unjured list in June 21 with an ankle injury, pitched one inning as part of a rehab assignment. He retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the fifth.