Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/26
Stars of the Day
AAA: Josh Lindblom / Jim Adduci, Eli Whiteside
AA: Jared Hoying, Brett Nicholas
Hi-A: Nick Martinez / Drew Robinson
Lo-A: CJ Edwards, Jose Valdespina / Joey Gallo, Lewis Brinson AAA: at Round Rock 4, Albuquerque (LAD) 3
Record: 12-10, +0.5
A late homer attached two runs to Josh Lindblom's otherwise solid line: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 SO. Lindblom (1.90 ERA) excelled at missing bats with a 91-95 MPH fastball and 84-87 slider. I don't think he'd have any trouble retiring MLB hitters with them if needed. Still lagging significantly are the curve and changeup. The curve was erratically located, sometimes loopy, sometimes curling like a low-70s slider. The changeup was better spotted but had minimal movement; it mostly looked like a slowed-down fastball. That said, I'd be happy to see a heavier dose of them. It's Triple A, after all. Here's Lindblom's 3rd inning
, which includes his entire repertoire.
Cory Burns (0.00 ERA) gave up a two-out single in the 9th, after which pinch-runner Tony Gwynn Jr. generously ran into the final out.
Engel Beltre (2-4) doubled to right-center but was easily tagged out stretching for third. RF Jim Adduci hit his second double and third homer, and Eli Whiteside was 2-4 with his third homer.
Jurickson Profar (.210/.338/.371) had a mundane-looking evening -- 1-4 on a double -- but also had two hard outs that could have been doubles if hit to a gap. Robinson Chirinos (1-4) played first base for the second day in a row. He didn't make any mistakes but doesn't look fluid, often backing across the foul side of the line to receive seemingly ordinary throws. AA: at Frisco 2, Corpus Christi (HOU) 4
Record: 11-10, -2.0
RF Jared Hoying (2-4, double, triple) and 1B Brett Nicholas (2-4, both doubles) provided all of Frisco's extra-base hits. Hoying (.300/.356/.575) has nearly matched last year's extra-base output in Frisco in fewer than one-third the number of games.
Jimmy Reyes (1.08 ERA) and Ben Rowen (1.00 ERA) had scoreless innings in relief of Ryan Feierabend (3.86 ERA), who gave up four runs in seven innings.
High-A: at Myrtle Beach 1, Potomac (WAS) 5
Record: 12-9, +1.0
Nick Martinez (3.27 ERA) was a bit wild in his 5.1 innings, walking three and committing two balks, but allowed only two runs (one earned) and fanned six. Will Lamb (9.00 ERA) struggled again, allowing three runs on a walk, a homer and two other hits. 16 of 39 batters have reached against him (.410 OBP).
Drew Robinson (.164/.261/.246) hit his first high-A homer and singled. Robinson was a steady source of walks and power last year with Hickory (.273/.409/.444) but has found the Carolina League much tougher going. Preston Beck (.205/.354/.308) doubled and walked. Myrtle was 0-12 with runners in scoring position. Low-A: Hickory 3, at Hagerstown (WAS) 2
Record: 14-8, +2.0
Joey Gallo's two-run homer in the 8th reversed a one-run deficit. Gallo (.228/.333/.582) drew his 12th walk in addition to his eighth homer. CF Lewis Brinson (.242/.303/.396), who's been slumping lately, was 3-4 with two doubles.
CJ Edwards (1.93 ERA) did what he does, striking out seven against two walks in five innings and allowing an unearned run on four hits. Edwards has yet to walk more than two or give up more than five hits in a start. Jose Valdespina (3.48 ERA) yielded an unearned run and fanned a season-high four in two innings. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas bought the contract of Sid Ponson and optioned Kaz Fukumori. Ponson hasn't been invited to any alumni events, to my knowledge.
And, rather than a summary, here's what I wrote in full about Nelson Cruz four weeks after his removal from the 40-man roster and banishment to AAA Purgatory:
Nelson Cruz (.349/.517/.762) hit a two-run homer in the 1st (his 7th) and walked twice. While he’s shown patience in AAA in the past (making his MLB production all the more frustrating, as he’s not a Pavlovian “see ball, swing at ball” guy like Victor Diaz), he’s now entering uncharted waters. Cruz has as many walks in 19 games as he achieved in 44 games last year. Only one is intentional. Perhaps some “intentional unintentional” walks are sprinkled in, but they’re not as common as in the Majors. Also, Nate Gold typically follows him in the order, so pitchers likely aren’t inclined to put Cruz on base carelessly. Cruz just might compel another look in the Majors.
AAA: Ross Wolf
AA: Cody Buckel
Hi-A: Luke Jackson
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck