As expected, the team traded infielder Angel Reyes to RGV and picked up B.J. Wheeler to replace him. The Runners also signed pitcher Danny Rondon, a native of Venezuela.
Rondon was in the Minnesota Twins organization until this season and he paid off with a win last week against Coastal Bend. Wheeler is Abilene and played for Oklahoma City University before turning pro. He hit .244 with Bossier-Shreveport of the American Association and comes advertised as a solid fielder, something that has been lacking for Edinburg this season at times. Reyes made 11 errors at short before the trade and his batting average had dipped to .259 after a hot start.
Manager Vince Moore said shaking up things was the right thing to do for a team that started the 8-game road trip Monday at .500.
“I have to do something sometimes to get people fired up and serious,” said Moore, who added that he feels Reyes, just 23, has potential to make it into affiliated ball. “When you see things that need to change, you have to move and pull the trigger. If not, a team can fall out of the race in a hurry.”
With the addition of Wheeler, infielder Carlos Hereaud will probably move to third base permanently, a position he’s comfortable in. Hereaud has been killing the ball lately, with his average reaching .333 after a 4-hit outing Saturday but settling in at .322 as the road trip started.
Edinburg got to Amarillo and was greeted by a walloping, 10-6 at the hands of the Dillas. The team got a home run from catcher Cameron McGuire, his third of the year, and was actually down just 8-6 late before running out of gas.
Two trusty veterans are having slow starts to 2009, Eric Gonzalez and Amado German. Gonzalez was hitting just .212 through the first 32 games while German was not much better (.216). Gonzo had slugged two homers so far with 12 RBI and has 20 walks.
The Runners (16-17) face Amarillo again Wednesday night, with Miguel Martinez, coming off his best performance of the year recently versus Coastal Bend, on the hill.
Next chance to see the team in action comes at the start on 8-game homestand, July 23.