The Frisco Roughriders Franchise Four

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, July 24th, 2015

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By Lance Ragland & Hunter Kirk 

During the 2015 MLB All-Star Break, Major League Baseball announced the Franchise Four members for each MLB team, as voted by the fans. Going beyond MLB, who would represent the Frisco RoughRiders on their Franchise Four?
Looking solely at careers with the Texas Rangers’ Double-A affiliate, we offer up our RoughRiders Franchise Four selections.

Guilder Rodriguez
Guilder Rodriguez has been a mainstay on the Frisco RoughRiders since the 2009 season and is the Riders all-time leader in games played, hits, and stolen bases.
Coming into 2015, Rodriguez had appeared in 490 games with Frisco. He also has built a substantial lead in the hits category with 434 after 2014.
Guilder is a fan-favorite around Dr Pepper Ballpark. In 2014, he finally achieved his lifelong goal of donning a big league jersey as a September call-up for the Rangers. He recorded his first two major league hits on September 22, 2014, including a game-winning RBI-single against the Houston Astros.
Rodriguez was an easy selection as the first member of the Riders Franchise Four.

Steve Murphy
Outfielder Steve Murphy earns the second spot in the Franchise Four. The Missouri-native played for the club from 2007-09 and is the franchise leader in doubles, home runs and runs batted in. In fact, his 83 doubles are 30 more than the next closest on the list.
With 41 long balls and 194 RBI, Murphy exemplified big time power during his time at Dr Pepper Ballpark.  He compiled 319 hits (third all-time) with the Riders to seal his selection.

Carlos Pimentel
Carlos Pimentel, the lone pitcher honored, comes in at number three on the Riders’ Franchise Four list.
After a poor four inning spot start in 2010, the right-hander came back strong, playing for Frisco from 2011-13. He tossed a combined 347 1/3 innings with 326 strikeouts and a 3.79 ERA. He appeared in 85 games, starting 55, and went 23-19 overall.
He is the all-time leader in strikeouts with 326 and tied for fourth with 122 in a single season.

Engel Beltre
The Riders’ all-time leader in triples (27), Engel Beltre, rounds out the Franchise Four. Playing in 298 games, he hit .249 with 294 hits (fourth all-time). In 2012 he notched 17 triples, a Frisco single season record.
Beltre played in parts of five seasons with the RoughRiders. He is third all-time in stolen bases with 61 including a team high 36 in 2012, which ranks fourth in a single season.
Beltre was named the Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year in 2010, and made his major league debut in 2013 with the Rangers.
Combined, Rodriguez, Murphy, Pimentel, and Beltre have donned the RoughRiders jersey in over 1,000 games.
Over 400 players have played for the Riders since the inaugural 2003 season and these four individuals have clearly stamped their mark in the history books.

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