Trevino nearly hits for cycle in Fall League

Rangers' No. 8 prospect hurls four scoreless frames; No. 20 goes 3-for-4 with two RBIs

Trevino nearly hits for cycle in Fall League

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A pair of Rangers prospect starred for Surprise in its 6-1 victory against Scottsdale on Wednesday afternoon at Surprise Stadium.

The Saguaros never trailed, scoring five runs in the first two innings, as Jose Trevino nearly hit for the cycle and Brett Martin delivered a strong start.


Martin, the Rangers' No. 8 prospect, came into the game with 4.50 ERA before tossing four scoreless innings. He struck out three batters, walked one and only gave up three hits, lowering his ERA to 2.86.

"The defense helped me out a lot today," he said.

Trevino, the Rangers' No. 20 prospect, came into the game hitting .219 through seven games but he turned things around Wednesday. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.

Trevino also scored three runs for the Saguaros and just missed hitting for the cycle. The catcher raised his Fall League batting average to .286.

"Just trying to stick with what works for me and clean up a little bit of things," he said. "Other than that, just stick to what I know."

In the second inning, Trevino hit a two-run homer off of the San Francisco's No. 26 prospect Chris Stratton to push the Saguaros lead to 5-0. Stratton had a rough outing. He gave up nine hits and five runs in three innings.

Before making it to the pros, Trevino tied a Texas high school record with 25 homers in 2011. He attended Oral Roberts University and played three positions in three years -- third base, catcher and shortstop.

The Rangers signed him for $200,000 as a sixth-round Draft pick in 2014 and he's caught full time since 2015.

Martin, the Rangers' fourth-round pick in 2014, was named the Most Valuable Player of California League championship series. He went 4-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 17 starts in 69 1/3 innings this season.

Trevino is working to ensure he and his Surprise teammates can celebrate at the conclusion of Fall League play.

"Get another ring man, just want to win," he said. "(It would) be good to get a nice ring."

Mets farmhand Tim Tebow hit a double in the fifth inning for the Scorpions and finished 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Jonathan Saxon is a graduate student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.