Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/9
Justin Grimm will start for Texas on Thursday instead of for Round Rock tonight. Matt Harrison to the DL with an inflamed nerve in his back. Stars of the Day:
AAA: Josh Lindblom, Lisalverto Bonilla / Jim Adduci, Aaron Cunningham, Mike Olt
AA: Jake Brigham
Hi-A: Luis Sardinas
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez, Tyler Smith / Joey Gallo, David Lyon AAA: at Round Rock 4, Iowa (CHC) 2
3B Mike Olt (.130/.259/.217) broke an 0-for-18 slump with a double, single and walk. He hadn't reached safely more than once in his previous five games. 1B Jim Adduci clubbed a two-run homer and singled, and LF Aaron Cunningham added two walks and a single. Catcher Jose Felix was 2-4.
Jurickson Profar's night wasn't exceptional in itself (walk, single in five trips) but continued his otherworldly ability to take pitches. Profar (.300/.500/.350) has drawn eight walks in six games, is averaging 4.7 pitches per appearance and letting 69% of pitches float by.
Josh Lindblom surrendered a solo homer to ex-Red Sock Darnell McDonald and two other hits in four innings. Lindblom walked one and fanned four. Lisalverto Bonilla completed three innings on just 38 pitches, yielding a run on two hits, a walk and three strikeouts. AA: Frisco 2, at NW Arkansas (KC) 3
Down a run in the 9th, 2B Odubel Herrera (.227/.292/.409) led off with a single but was picked off. Herrera also tripled. Catcher Tomas Telis doubled. Reliever Jake Brigham tossed 2.1 scoreless with no strikeouts. Starter Ryan Feierabend was victimized by a error that led to two unearned runs; he allowed one earned on six hits in four innings. High-A: Myrtle Beach 2, at Lynchburg (ATL) 8
Lynchburg touched Alec Asher for seven runs (four earned) in 2.2 innings on six hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Jon Edwards was still on the wild side, walking two in two innings, but he escaped unharmed. Arlett Mavare fanned three in a scoreless 8th. SS Luis Sardinas contributed two singles and a walk, while catcher Kellin Deglan and RF Royce Bollinger doubled.
Asher pitched for short-season Spokane last summer. Physical ability is just one reason why a player might skip a level, as Asher has. Another is management's perception that the player can handle an environment where failure is more likely. For players accustomed to dominating in high school and perhaps college, being confronted with opponents equal to or better than them is a hurdle that some can't clear. Everybody has to get beaten up, learn and execute adjustments to make the Majors. Low-A: at Hickory 3, Greenville (BOS) 5
Barely 20, starter Kelvin Vasquez held Greenville scoreless for four innings on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Vasquez hadn't pitched outside the Dominican Summer League before this spring. The same is true of Jose Leclerc, but Greenville had no trouble with his mid-90's fastball, belting two homers and scoring five in two innings. Tyler Smith then produced three scoreless innings with one K.
Joey Gallo mashed his second homer in as many days, singled and swiped a bag. Catcher David Lyon walked twice and singled. CF Lewis Brinson was 1-3 with a walk and his third steal. Hickory turned four double plays. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Bakersfield's Zach Phillips fanned 10 in five innings. That was the only news of note on a day with one team off, one rained out, and another limited to six innings by rain. Today's Starters:
AAA: Not Justin Grimm
Hi-A: Nick Martinez
Lo-A: CJ Edwards