Rangers recall INF Andy Ibáñez from Round Rock, OF Jason Martin optioned to Round Rock

Ibáñez will be in second stint with Texas this season

 

Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers announced prior to Monday’s series opener with the Oakland A’s that the club has recalled infielder Andy Ibáñez from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room for Ibáñez on the active roster, the team has optioned outfielder Jason Martin to Round Rock.

 

Ibáñez was also with the Rangers from May 4-20 after having his contract selected from Round Rock, batting .143 (3-21) with a double and 2 RBI over 9 games in his first Major League action. Since being optioned to Triple-A after the Rangers’ game on May 20, he has batted .352 (37-105) with 6 home runs, 11 doubles, 25 RBI, and 20 runs scored over 27 games with Round Rock, drawing 9 walks against just 16 strikeouts. He currently ranks among Triple-A West leaders in OPS (3rd, 1.058), batting average (4th, .352), slugging (4th, .648), and doubles (T6th, 11).

 

After going 2-for-4 with a home run last night vs. Oklahoma City, Ibáñez has an active 9-game hit streak at Triple-A, batting .529 (18-34) with 4 home runs, 13 RBI, and a 1.678 OPS over that span. He has played primarily third base and second base with Round Rock, along with limited action at first base and in left field.

 

Martin has batted .171 with one home run and 4 RBI over 20 games/6 starts for Texas since having his contract selected from Round Rock on May 26. He has spent the rest of the season with the Express, batting .302 with 7 home runs and 16 RBI over 15 games.

 

Following today’s transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the club’s Major League roster, along with eight players on the 60-day Injured List.