Rangers prospect Jack Leiter unable to overcome error, walks against Midland

Another start, another chapter in the education of young Jack Leiter.

Errors and walks are a recipe for trouble. On Saturday, a fielding error by fellow prospect Dustin Harris and a two-out walk by Leiter created an opportunity and Midland’s Jeremy Eierman cashed it in. Eierman jumped on a 1-0 pitch for a two-out, three-run homer in the first inning.

The other runs he allowed also came after two outs and in similar fashion. A catcher’s interference call, another walk and a hitter-friendly count set the stage for Chase Calabuig’s two-run double. Calabuig hit a 3-1 pitch.

1,30Frisco RoughRiders pitcher Jack Leiter (22) pitches during a minor league baseball game between the Midland RockHounds and the Frisco RoughRiders, Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Frisco, Texas.(Matt Strasen / Special Contributor)

In four innings of work, Leiter walked four batters. He’s now walked 11 batters in his last 15 innings as he continues to try to master the professional strike zone. Leiter struck out six and is averaging 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings, but the walks have become more of an issue. He’s walked 23 in 44 2/3 innings as a pro.

Briefly: At Class A Hickory, RHP Owen White continued his strikeout surge with nine in six innings of work against Greenville. White, a second-round pick in 2018, has 39 strikeouts in 25 innings over four June starts. The Arizona Fall League’s Pitcher of the Year, he could be pushing towards a promotion to Double-A. A spot in the Frisco rotation opened up when LHP Cole Ragans was promoted to Triple-A. … LHP Cody Bradford of Aledo and Baylor had 11 strikeouts in 5 1/3 shutout innings Friday for Frisco. The Roughriders rotation has been piling up the strikeouts in this week’s series against Midland. Heading into Sunday’s finale, the starters have 38 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.

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