The Round Rock Express have rolled into Albuquerque plenty of times before boasting some of the top prospects of the Texas Rangers, and before that the Houston Astros. Due to the Pacific Coast League realignment, the Express are heading here for their only series of the year starting Monday at 7:05 p.m.
Unfortunately, there are almost no prospects to speak of on the Round Rock roster this season, save for perhaps three fringy relief pitchers. Lisalverto Bonilla (No. 20), Ben Rowen (No. 23) and Roman Mendez (No. 29) are the only Express ranked in Baseball America's top 30 Rangers prospects.
The rest of the Round Rock players are a mishmash of veterans and organizational players. There are seven players over the age of 30 on the roster.
Of course, it has not helped the Express (27-36) that the Rangers have been decimated by injuries at the Major League level. That is apparent especially on a pitching staff that currently has just two starters, Ryan Feierabend and Justin Germano, who have made at least 10 starts.
Germano will not pitch this series, meaning that three of the four starters who will pitch have combined for just nine starts in a Round Rock uniform. Scroll below for a more detailed breakdown on the Express.