Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/10
Stars of the Day
AAA: Ross Wolf, Yoshinori Tateyama
Hi-A: Will Lamb
Lo-A: Preston Beck
Record: 5-2, tied for 1st
Transactions rarely occur in a vacuum. Some require compensatory moves, some cause collateral damage. In the instance of "Texas recalls RHP Justin Grimm," the damage was to Round Rock's pitching staff. The Pacific Coast League won't postpone or shorten a game to seven innings just because the parent club swiped its starter. So, with no available starter and only relievers Ross Wolf and Cory Burns having more than one day of rest, Round Rock entrusted the veteran Wolf with his first start in eight years. He provided four solid, scoreless innings in a reasonable 62 pitches. Yoshinori Tateyama added 2.1 more with three strikeouts. Cory Burns was also unscored in two innings but allowed four runners and needed 48 pitches. Neal Cotts (0.2 IP, 3 R) was yesterday's victim.
3B Mike Olt was 0-4 with his third and fourth errors. Last year in Frisco, Olt batted .209 with 17 strikeouts and four GIDPs in his first 11 games. CF Engel Beltre, DH Joey Butler and catcher Eli Whiteside singled twice. Beltre stole his third base but was nabbed for the second time.
Record: 2-3, -1.5
Myrtle Beach has surrendered first-inning runs in every game save a Victor Payano-led shutout. Nick Martinez allowed two early runs and two others in his 4.1 innings, walking two and striking out three. Will Lamb retired six of seven, none on strikeouts. The offense mustered three hits and a walk. 3B Drew Robinson reached on said walk and a hit-by-pitch.
Record: 2-5, -3.0
Hickory drew seven walks but also swung at least a couple of times on 3-0 counts. The Crawdads fanned 16 times, including hat tricks for Lewis Brinson, Nomar Mazara, Joey Gallo and Joe Maloney. Catcher Jorge Alfaro singled, doubled and threw out three of four runners. On the whole, however, his defense has been erratic. DH Preston Beck walked twice and singled.
C.J. Edwards completed four innings with relative ease but then confronted his first serious trouble of the young season. He surrendered three runs while retiring only one batter in the 5th. All told, he walked two and struck out two. John Kukuruda whiffed five in three innings while allowing a homer and two additional unearned runs.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Matt Harrison surrendered three runs and nine baserunners in 4.2 innings while striking out just one, and Elvis Andrus thumped a couple of singles. Low-A Clinton suffered a third consecutive rain/snow/cold-out. 2008 would be Texas's last year with the LumberKings.
AAA: Brad Mills
AA: Luke Jackson
Hi-A: Cody Buckel
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck