Second baseman Keith Ginter, left fielder Jason Lane and middle infielder David Matranga are the 2017 nominees for a spot in the Round Rock Express Hall of Fame.
An online vote is being conducted at www.roundrockexpress.com through Feb. 10. The winner will be determined as a result of fan voting, along with input from the Express front office staff and current Express Hall of Fame members. The induction ceremony will be July 29 at Dell Diamond.
Ginter enjoyed a monstrous 2000 for the Express as they won the Texas League championship in their debut season. The Texas Tech alum was named league MVP after batting a team-high .333 with 108 runs, 26 homers, 92 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Ginter went on to spend parts of six seasons in the major leagues with the Astros, Brewers and A’s.
Lane had two tours of duty in Round Rock, one in 2001 and then in 2006-07. Lane was selected Texas League MVP in ’01 after posting a .316 average, 103 runs, 36 doubles, 38 home runs and 124 RBIs. He was promoted to the Astros in 2002 and spent parts of the next four years with the big league club. Lane batted. 319 for the Express in 2007, appearing in 50 games.
Matranga, primarily a shortstop who also played second base and third, was best known for his glove. He had two stints in Round Rock, in 2000-01 and again in 2004. Matranga’s 2001 season produced a Texas League-leading .987 fielding percentage for a middle infielder, along with a .302 batting average, 10 homers, 60 RBIs and 78 runs.