Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/27
My wife and I babysat a five-month-old with a cold last night, an activity that largely went more smoothly than these games. Stars of the Day
AAA: Yoshinori Tateyama, Nate Robertson, Lisalverto Bonilla
AA: Randy Henry / Brett Nicholas, Hanser Alberto
Hi-A: Nick McBride / Kellin Deglan, Royce Bollinger
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck / Jorge Alfaro, Lewis Brinson
AAA: at Round Rock 2, Albuquerque (LAD) 5
Record: 12-10, +0.5
Richard Bleier (5.56 ERA) started in place of Ross Wolf and allowed 10 hits and five runs in 3.2 innings. Yoshi Tateyama (2.1 IP, 2 SO), Nate Robertson (2 IP, 3 SO) and Lisalverto Bonilla (1 IP, 3 SO) allowed only three runners in relief.
Chris McGuiness (.203/.321/.449) connected on his fourth homer, and LF Aaron Cunningham (.255/.408/.309) doubled twice and walked. Mike Olt sat out for a second straight night.
AA: at Frisco 0, Corpus Christi (HOU) 11
Record: 11-11, -2.0
When I saw Cody Buckel in San Antonio on Monday, he gradually regained his ability to throw strikes. (True, he was aiming, but at least he wasn't completely lost.) Last night erased that modest progress, as Buckel failed to retire a batter and was pulled after nine strikes and 20 balls. Buckel (18.00 ERA) walked three, hit two and allowed one single.
I'd speculate that a demotion to Myrtle Beach isn't in the offing, because the quality of opposition isn't relevant to his struggles. If anything, he could be sent to Arizona for a cooldown and reboot. Buckel has yet to throw more strikes than balls in any of five starts, and he's walked or hit 45% of his opponents.
Randy Henry, de facto piggyback for Buckel during his last four starts, brought his best outing of the season: five innings, five hits, no runs or walks, six strikeouts. Henry (0.00 ERA) has fanned 20 and walked one in 18.1 innings.
SS Hanser Alberto (.260/.273/.329) was 2-3 with a double, and 1B Brett Nicholas walked, singled and doubled. High-A: at Myrtle Beach 7, Potomac (WAS) 4
Record: 13-9, +1.5
Kellin Deglan (.270/.413/.568) clubbed a game-ending three-run homer, his third of the season. CF Royce Bollinger (.203/.281/.367) was 3-5 with a double. Potomac committed four errors and hit three Pelicans, Deglan included.
Luke Jackson (1.27 ERA) was pulled after one seemingly ordinary inning in which his allowed a sole hit and struck out two. I'm hoping the move was precautionary. Nick McBride (1.29 ERA) provided four innings of scoreless ball with two walks and two strikeouts. Phil Klein's 11.2-inning scoreless streak ended with a thud, as the Nationals scored four (three earned) in his two innings on three hits and two HBPs.
Low-A: Hickory 2, at Hagerstown (WAS) 8
Record: 14-9, +2.0
Lewis Brinson led off the game with his fourth homer, and Jorge Alfaro knocked out his fourth in the 7th. Otherwise, offense was limited, and Hickory committed four errors (three by SS Luis Marte) and unleashed three wild pitches.
Connor Sadzeck (1.37 ERA) displayed superior control outside of two of those wild pitches, walking none and allowing four unearned runs on five hits in five innings. Jose Leclerc (7.82 ERA) yielded two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. Five Years Ago Yesterday
At Frisco, Elvis Andrus tripled on a deep fly to center that Eli Iorg couldn’t track down in the swirling winds, and John Mayberry (.268/.322/.512) belted a no-doubt homer (#4) to the left-field concourse. Oklahoma's Nelson Cruz drew three more walks and singled twice, while Joaquin Arias (.304/.314/.362) was 4-5 with a triple. Don't you miss reading about Joaquin Arias? Today's Starters
AAA: Brad Mills
AA: Neil Ramirez
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Ryan Bores