Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/9
Stars of the Day
AAA: Chris McGuiness, Aaron Cunningham
AA: Neil Ramirez, Wilmer Font / Brett Nicholas, Guilder Rodriguez
Hi-A: Luke Jackson / Jake Skole, Rougned Odor
Lo-A: CJ Edwards, Alexander Claudio AAA: Round Rock 5, at Las Vegas 6
Record: 19-15, -2.5
Rehabbing Colby Lewis breezed through the 1st on nine pitches, yielding a grounded double that manager Bobby Jones claimed was foul. His second and final inning was a mess: 32 pitches, two walks, a wild pitch, three hits and three runs. He did strike out two. In any case, the point is he's pitching. He's on schedule for next Tuesday at Tucson.
Round Rock scored everything in the 7th. Of particular interest was Jurickson Profar's eight-pitch walk with two on and two out. Batting .234 and 0-3 on the night, Profar hasn't changed his patient approach. The walk allowed Chris McGuiness to swing with the bases loaded, and McGuiness supplied a triple. McGuiness (.271/.400/.505) also singled. LF Aaron Cunningham (.267/.370/.366) doubled twice.
Cory Burns maintained his perfect ERA but did finally allow an inherited runner to score. He's fanned 18 in 12.2 innings. AA: Frisco 6, at Corpus Christi (HOU) 4
Record: 18-15, -1.0
Neil Ramirez (2.75 ERA) struck out nine in 6.2 innings and allowed only four hits and one earned run. He's holding opponents to a line of .155/.290/.241 with a 32% strikeout rate. He departed after his first walk, after which reliever Phil Klein walked the bases loaded and LF Chih-Hsien Chiang committed a bases-clearing error. Ramirez had walked at least two, usually more, in all of his prior starts.
Wilmer Font (0.56 ERA) struck out three and allowed two runners in two innings. 1B Brett Nicholas (.287/.357/.539) singled and hit his seventh homer. Infielder Guilder Rodriguez was 3-4 with a double and his fifth steal. Chiang hit his first homer and walked.
High-A: at Myrtle Beach 12, Lynchburg (ATL) 3
Record: 20-13, +3.5
19-year-old 2B Rougned Odor (.295/.370/.491) was 3-4, with a triple, walk, four runs scored and three driven in. Like many players experiencing their first full season, Odor ran out of gas after about three months last year. We'll see how he responds this time. CF Jake Skole (.181/.295/.223) drew three walks and singled. Taking the free pass has always been a strong suit for Skole. When he has to swing the bat, he's hitting .188 and slugging .253 in 108 career high-A games.
Luke Jackson (1.72 ERA) struck out six, walked two and allowed four hit in five scoreless innings. Aside from a three-run homer, his line was identical to his previous start. Low-A: Hickory 2, at Charleston (NYY) 1
Record: 19-13, -0.5
Reigning Pitcher of the Month CJ Edwards (2.27 ERA) worked a career-high seven innings on 82 pitches, striking out eight and allowing a run on four hits and a walk. Edwards has yet to allow a homer in 102.2 professional innings. Alexander Claudio (1.88 ERA) walked his first batter and balked him to second, after which he retired six straight for his fourth save.
Hickory struck out 14 times and put only eight runners on base. RF Nomar Mazara (.182/.250/.327) singled twice. Catcher Jorge Alfaro (.268/.325/.554) singled and drew a walk. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Bakersfield's Tommy Hunter provided another sturdy performance, allowing two runs in seven innings with and five strikeouts. Julio Borbon doubled twice in four at-bats. During his last nine games, he was batting .436/.511/.641 with eight doubles. In Oklahoma, a late two-run homer sullied Eric Hurley's line, but he did strike out eight in seven innings. Today's Starters
AAA: Brad Mills
AA: Kevin Pucetas
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck