Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/16
The farm swept the opposition and scored 39 runs. Stars of the Day
AAA: Jurickson Profar, Joey Butler, Robinson Chirinos, Eli Whiteside
AA: Randy Hendy / The Offense
Hi-A: Luke Jackson, Ryan Harvey / Luis Sardinas, Rougned Odor, Kellin Deglan
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck, Jose Valdespina / Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro, Jordan Akins, Joe Maloney AAA: Round Rock 8, at Oklahoma City (HOU) 6
Record: 8-5, tied for 1st
Jurickson Profar (.281/.425/.469) returned to the lineup with a vengeance, falling a double short of a cycle. The homer was against lefty Brett Oberholtzer and cleared the left-field wall with ease. It and the triple were his first in AAA.
Robinson Chirinos (2-4) hit a crucial two-run double in the 7th. Catcher Eli Whiteside drew three walks, and LF Joey Butler (.319/.411/.404) hit his first homer.
Changeup specialist Cory Burns struck out the side around a hit batter for the save. In five innings, Burns has fanned nine and allowed only five runners. Starter Brad Mills (1.42 ERA) allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings. AA: at Frisco 14, NW Arkansas (KC) 7
Record: 8-4, +1.0
Cody Buckel (13.50 ERA) walked five of 12 batters, surrendered a three run homer and once again failed to complete two innings. He allowed six runs, all unearned because they scored with two outs after an error, but that designation is meaningless in terms of how Buckel actually pitched.
In three starts, Buckel has yet to throw more strikes than balls, walked 40% of opposing hitters, and opponents are hitting .273/.590/.545 against him. I always preach patience and not getting too high or low about the short term, but this is extremely worrisome.
Reliever Ben Rowen gave up a grand slam, plating three of Buckel's walks, followed by 2.1 scoreless innings. Randy Henry produced a badly needed four scoreless innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Henry (0.00 ERA) has been a force this season, fanning 13 of 37 batters and letting only seven reach base. Along with Round Rick infielder Greg Miclat, Henry was the return for catcher Taylor Teagarden.
Down 7-0, Frisco responded with 14 runs in the next five innings. RF Jared Hoying (.310/.383/.619) plated five with two singles, a double and walk. Also with three hits were LF Chih-Hsien Chiang (an offseason signing), DH Alejandro Selen and SS Hanser Alberto (.216/.211/.270), whose output included a triple. Alberto has a strong aptitude for contact but is likely to find AA a stout challenge, as he's the youngest player at that level (20 years, six months). Alberto's already substandard walk rate has dwindled to near zero as he's climbed the organizational ladder. In his last 388 trips to the plate, covering 88 games, Alberto has drawn exactly two walks.
2B Odubel Herrera (.200/.265/.289) was 2-5 with a walk, and Ryan Stausborger (.278/.366/.556) reached on a walk and two doubles.
Frisco has won five straight by an aggregate score of 48-12. High-A: at Myrtle Beach 6, Winston-Salem (CHA) 4
Record: 6-5, +1.0
Luke Jackson (1.88 ERA) was his effectively wild self, walking three in 5.1 innings but fanning six and allowing a lone run on three hits. Ryan Harvey replaced Jackson with two on and one out in the 6th. He proceeded to fan Courtney Hawkins and Grant Buckner on six consecutive strikes. Harvey allowed a run and fanned four in two innings. Jon Edwards also struck out four and gave up two runs in his 1.2 innings.
Catcher Kellin Deglan (.263/.364/.632) hit his second homer and walked, while Rougned Odor (.289/.357/.658) connected on his third homer. SS Luis Sardinas (.297/.409/.324) was 2-3 with a walk. Low-A: Hickory 11, at Asheville (COL) 4
Record: 6-7, -2.0
Homers from DH Nick Williams (his 3rd), LF Jordan Akins (1st) and 1B Joe Maloney (2nd) kept Hickory ahead for the duration. Williams (.298/.353/.617) also singled twice, Akins once. Maloney added a walk. Catcher Jorge Alfaro (.318/.362/.500) doubled twice, and both RF Nomar Mazara and 2B Ryan Rua doubled and singled.
Jason Cole of Lone Star Dugout and Baseball Prospectus interviewed Lewis Brinson a few weeks ago and has posted the video
. Brinson (.255/.333/.392) was 1-5 with his fourth stolen base.
Connor Sadzeck (2.35 ERA) struck out only one in five innings but was able to hold the Tourists scoreless on six hits and two walks. Jose Valdespina worked a scoreless 8th and 9th. Five Years Ago Yesterday
OF Julio Borbon returned from missing several days with a jammed heel and singled twice in four at-bats. Neftali Feliz rebounded from an awful previous start by striking out seven, walking two, and holding the opposition to two runs in five innings.
Beau Jones produced his first strong high-A outing after two earlier misses and several more as a Myrtle Beach Pelican (then an Atlanta affiliate) in 2007. Last year, Jones pitched a while for AAA New Orleans (based in his hometown of Metarie) followed by AA Midland with the Oakland organization. To my knowledge, he's out of affiliated baseball. Today's Starters
AAA: Randy Wells
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Sam Stafford