HOUSTON -- Double-A Frisco catcher Tomas Telis has been named the Rangers' Defender of the Month for April. He received the award after throwing out 10 of 18 baserunners and not committing an error behind the plate.
The award is significant as Telis, 21, has always been considered an excellent offensive prospect. But there have been questions about his defense, especially after undergoing major elbow surgery in 2010. The award suggests he is making progress, and Frisco manager Steve Buechele confirmed that.
"He has been a nice surprise," Buechele said. "He's a great kid, he's swinging the bat and playing well behind the plate. He's made some throws that were absolutely outstanding."
Other award winners:
• Outfielder Joey Butler has been named the Rangers' Minor League Player of the Month for April. Butler batted .341 (30-for-88) with 16 runs, 13 walks, six doubles, three home runs and 12 RBIs over 25 games with Triple-A Round Rock.
• Class A Hickory pitcher C.J. Edwards is the Pitcher of the Month after going 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 29 strikeouts against seven walks in April. Opponents batted .176 off him.
• Frisco pitcher Randy Henry was the Reliever of the Month. He allowed just one unearned run over 18 1/3 innings and six relief appearances. The right-hander compiled 20 strikeouts against just one walk. Henry was acquired from the Orioles on Dec. 1, 2011, in a trade for catcher Taylor Teagarden.
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