Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/7
Jurickson Profar was removed from the game immediately after fouling off a pitch in the 6th. The on-field indication was an injury to his left wrist or hand. Per the low-quality MiLB.TV feed, Profar solidly fouled off a pitch, wandered back and forth between the box and on-deck circle with his hand at his side, and then called for the trainer. Stars of the Day
AAA: Neal Cotts / Chris McGuiness
AA: Brett Nicholas, Chih-Hsien Chiang, Teodoro Martinez
Hi-A: Alec Asher, Will Lamb / Kellin Deglan
Lo-A: Jorge Alfaro, Lewis Brinson, Jordain Akins, Ryan Rua, Joe Maloney AAA: Round Rock 2, at Las Vegas 3
Record: 18-14, -1.5
In hitter-friendly Las Vegas, the Express pitched a three-hitter and lost. Indeed, the Express lost after an Evan Meek strikeout. With one out in the 9th, a third strike snuck past catcher Robinson Chirinos, who was able to recover and throw to first for the out. Unfortunately, nobody covered home, and pinch-runner Brian Bixler raced all the way from second to score the winning run.
Jake Brigham's first AAA start was effective if not attractive. Brigham walked four, hit another batter and gave up a solo homer in 4.1 innings. Fortunately, it was the only hit and run he allowed. Neal Cotts posted eight outs on just 25 pitches including two strikeouts. He's still nearly flawless against lefties: .000/.111/.000 with a 67% strikeout rate.
1B Chris McGuiness was 3-4 with a double.
Local reports indicate Mike Olt will finally be DL'ed. He'll visit another vision specialist. AA: Frisco 5, at Midland 8
Record: 17-15, -2.0
Lefty Jimmy Reyes (3.68 ERA) suffered his first battering in nine appearances, surrendering four runs on two homers, three other hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Starter Tyler Tufts walked four and gave up two runs in three innings.
1B Brett Nicholas (.279/.352/.514) clubbed his sixth homer and doubled. LF Teodoro Martinez singled twice and stole his third and fourth bases. Offseason acquisition Chih-Hsieh Chiang walked twice and doubled. High-A: at Myrtle Beach 3, Lynchburg (ATL) 1
Record: 18-13, +2.0
Alec Asher struck out a career-best 11 batters in six scoreless innings marred only by two singles and a walk. Asher has a 1.50 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his last 30 innings.
Myrtle Beach scored everything on Kellin Deglan's sixth homer. Deglan (.227/.346/.545) is already halfway to last year's total.
Low-A: at Hickory 6, Savannah (NYM) 9
Record: 18-13, -0.5
Hickory hit five homers, all of the solo variety, giving the Crawdads a baseball-leading 53. Hickory's homer rate on contact is more the double the next best team.
However, as a whole, Hickory ranks near the bottom of most of the other offensive categories, so they're only outscoring the park-adjusted league average by 8%.
Connecting on said homers were Jorge Alfaro (twice, giving him eight), Lewis Brinson (#7), Ryan Rua (#5) and Jordan Akins (#3). Brinson also doubled, Rua walked twice, and Akins singled and walked. DH Joe Maloney was 3-4 with a double. Brinson turns 19 today.
Savannah knocked out two and scored five against Kelvin Vasquez (6.00 ERA) in four innings. Vasquez walked two and struck out two.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
1B/OF Jason Botts was outrighted to AAA, having gone unclaimed through waivers. Bakersfield's Julio Borbon doubled twice, walked and singled to improve to .368/.419/.491. He had a 12-game hitting streak. Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
Hi-A: Nick Martinez