Three players who appeared with the Round Rock Express this past season have received organizational awards from the Texas Rangers.
Left-hander Yohander Mendez was named the recipient of the Nolan Ryan Pitcher of the Year award. Mendez, a 21-year-old Venezuelan, was 4-1 with a 0.57 ERA for the Express, allowing two earned runs in 31 1/3 innings.
Tim Lincecum is the only player in the history of the Pacific Coast League to post a lower ERA over at least 30 innings pitched.
Mendez was 12-3 with a 2.19 ERA across three minor-league levels in 2016.
First baseman Ronald Guzman earned the honor of Minor League Defender of the Year while right-hander John Fasola was chosen as the Minor League Reliever of the Year.
Guzman posted a .989 fielding percentage between Double-A and Triple-A. He made two errors in 20 games for Round Rock.
Fasola was 5-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 11 saves across three levels in 2016. He struck out 11 in nine innings while making seven appearances for the Express.
The Rangers’ winter caravan will make a stop at Dell Diamond on Tuesday. For ticket information, check www.roundrockexpress.com or call 512-255-2255.