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Jennie Finch Classic and Commissioner's Cup Tournaments Open Today

Per a news release from Texas Rangers Communications:

Teams from the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota are set to open play today, Friday, July 5, in the second annual Commissioner’s Cup and Jennie Finch Classic tournaments as part of All-Star Weekend festivities.

Julian Olivo will catch and pitch for the Rangers Academy baseball team in Commissioner’s Cup play. It’s his first time making the trip, but he’s heard good things from his teammates who participated last year in Washington D.C.

“They said it was a wonderful thing and they enjoyed it. They had fun out there going to the All-Star activities and being part of it, they said it was great,” Olivo said. (Video of Olivo discussing the Academy and the Commissioner’s Cup is available here:

The All-Star Commissioner’s Cup is a competitive tournament featuring 10 teams of youth baseball players (ages 17 and under) from MLB Youth Academies around the country and Puerto Rico. Games will be played at both Cleveland’s Historic League Park and Case Western Reserve University, which will lodge the athletes throughout the tournament.

While Olivo’s teammates who participated last year have spoken highly of the All-Star experience, their team goals are more focused.

“Obviously win,” Olivo said. “But just being grateful. Don’t take it for granted.”

In addition to being selected for the Commissioner’s Cup, Olivo also plays in the Academy’s RBI league and participates in programming. But it doesn’t end there. Olivo is a member of Pinkston High School’s class of 2020, so he also plays his high school baseball games on Oates Field at the Academy.

Julian Olivio at the Rangers Academy

“This is a fun place. They really take me in, help me expand and see things I wouldn’t be able to see,” Olivo said of what the Academy means to him.

“It gets me much more exposure than I would have. Bringing people in, being able to sit down and actually have a conversation with some MLB players. Giving me a place to work, weight room, turf fields, it’s nice.”

It comes as no surprise, then, that what Olivo is most looking forward to about the Commissioner’s Cup experience is focused on the name that will be on the front of his jersey.

“Competing,” Olivo said of what he was excited about. “Representing the Texas Rangers Youth Academy out there.”

Schedule For Rangers Academy team in Commissioner’s Cup
Day Teams Time
7/5 Texas Rangers vs. New Orleans 11:30 a.m.
7/5 Puerto Rico vs. Texas Rangers 4:00 p.m.
7/6 Texas Rangers vs. Philadelphia Phillies 9:15 a.m.
7/6 Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers 11:30 a.m.
7/8 Championship 1st Place Pool A vs. 1st Place Pool B 11:30 a.m.


2019 Texas Rangers Youth Academy  Commissioner’s Cup Team
Name B/T Class of School
De Leon, Matthew R/R 2021 Skyline
Rangel, Ricky R/R 2020 Duncanville
Garcia Wong, Marco R/R 2020 North Dallas
Reece, Andrew R/R 2021 Life School Waxahachie
Gallegos, Eric R/R 2021 Duncanville
Guerra, Jacob R/R 2022 Pinkston
Marcellus, Josh R/R 2020 Sachse
Marcellus, Chris R/R 2022 Sachse
Welker, Terry R/R 2022 Adamson
Cox, Kevin Daniel R/R 2021 Skyline
Sandoval, Brayan R/R 2021 Heights Preparatory
Olivo, Julian R/R 2020 Pinkston
Perez Torres, Miguel R/R 2020 JBS Law Magnet
De La Rosa, Benjamin R/R 2020 Hillcrest
Garcia, Leopoldo R/R 2020 Hillcrest


Jennie Finch Classic

On the softball side, the Academy team also opens play today, Friday, July 5, in the Jennie Finch Classic, which features 10 teams of youth softball players (ages 17 and under) from MLB Youth Academies and Jennie Finch programming. (Click here for more information on the Academy’s team in the Jennie Finch Classic).

Games will be played at Berea-Midpark High School and Baldwin Wallace University, which will lodge the players. The championship game will be held at Mather Park at Case Western University.

The roster for the Academy’s team in the Jennie Finch Classic is below.

Schedule for Rangers Academy team in Jennie Finch Classic
Day Teams Time
7/5 Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City 10:30 a.m.
7/5 New Orleans vs. Texas Rangers 12:30 p.m.
7/6 Cincinnati vs. Texas Rangers 12:00 p.m.
7/6 Texas Rangers vs. Philadelphia 2:00 p.m.
7/7 Pool A 2 vs. Pool B 1 (Game 1) 8:00 a.m.
7/7 Pool B 2 vs. Pool A 1 (Game 2) 8:00 a.m.
7/8 Championship: Winner G1 vs. Winner G 2  


2019 Texas Rangers Youth Academy Jennie Finch Classic Team
Name B/T Class of School
Cantu, Natalia R/R 2019 Bishop Dunn
Castillo, Destiny R/R 2023 Duncanville
Cox, Kylie R/R 2020 Samuell
Gonzalez, Alicia R/R 2020 Sunset
Henderson, Melanie R/R 2020 Irving
Ledesma, Erin R/R 2020 Irma Lerma Rangel
Lopez, Miranda L/L 2021 Woodrow Wilson
Miramontes, Melanie R/R 2020 Bryan Adams
Peterson, Amanda Lynn R/R 2020 MacArthur
Powell, Madison R/R 2019 Nimitz
Rodriguez, Felicity L/L 2020 Townview
Rodriguez, Hannah R/R 2020 Irving
Rodriguez, Samantha R/R 2020 Townview
Zamarron, Ximena R/R 2022 Hillcrest


RBI Action

The 2019 Texas Rangers Youth Academy RBI Summer League season is officially in the books, as the season-ending Rangers RBI Wood Bat Tournament presented by NIKE wrapped up for the Senior Division on Tuesday, July 2 with Vikings defeating the Grays.

2019 RBI Senior Division Champion Vikings

The Chiefs defeated the Sounds on June 28 to win the RBI Junior Division Wood Bat Championship.

2019 RBI Junior Division Champion Chiefs 

Alliance defeated the Cougars on June 26 to win the RBI Softball Tournament Championship.

2019 RBI Softball Division Champion Cougars

Teams are now being finalized and practices are underway for the RBI-All Star squads that will represent the Academy at the RBI Southwest regionals in Austin from July 18 through 21.

Summer Camps

Session B of the Academy’s Summer Training Program begins July 23 and runs through August 16.

Programming is Tuesday through Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Registration is available at


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