A Quick Review of Potential Nelson Cruz Replacements from Round Rock
Cruz is still in good standing as the moment. I'm just speculating.
OF Joey Butler (.292/.379/.443)
Good: Right-handed bat, mature approach, rock-steady production in AAA
Bad: Defensive skills and speed in decline, has never generated much buzz despite the gaudy stats
OF Jim Adduci (.271/.355/.442)
Good: Mature approach, speedy, can play center
Bad: Left-handed bat
OF Aaron Cunningham (.244/.335/.382)
Good: MLB experience, right-handed bat
Bad: MLB experience is .219/.280/.347 line in 105 games
DH Manny Ramirez (.266/.333/.405)
Good: Right-handed bat, a monster in his prime
Bad: Defensive cipher, 41, looks ordinary
UT Yangervis Solarte (.295/.335/.437)
Good: Can play just about anywhere, switch hitter (better against lefties), good contact skills and some pop
Bad: Weak defender just about everywhere
IF Leury Garcia (.272/.320/.420)
Good: Strong defender, has shown aptitude for CF, speedy
Bad: Not a bench bat
Regardless of who (if anyone) gets promoted, I don't see him playing regularly. If Cruz is banished, Texas will be constructing its lineups from the guys it has now or can acquire during the waiver period. Butler's advantage is that his strengths match what Texas needs most. He's right-handed and bat-oriented. That said, it's hard to envision anybody on this list getting meaningful at-bats in a playoff race. The "mature approach" only goes so far. Robinson Chirinos and Chris McGuiness have mature approaches, too, and their (admittedly brief) battles against MLB pitching haven't gone so well. Transaction Recap
RHP Jon Edwards, RHP Luke Jackson, RHP Francisco Mendoza, 2B Rougned Odor, SS Luis Sardinas: promoted from Myrtle Beach to Frisco
RHP Nick McBride, RHP Kevin Pucetas, 2B Odubel Herrera, SS Hanser Alberto: demoted from Frisco to Myrtle Beach
RHP Carlos Pimentel: promoted from Frisco to Round Rock
RHP Cody Kendall: promoted from Hickory to Myrtle
C Eli Whiteside: activated in Round Rock
C Brett Teschner: moved from Round Rock to Spokane
RHP Ryan Rodebaugh: disabled
Joey Gallo: rehabbing with rookies Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/1
Stars of the Day
AAA: Feierabend / Garcia
AA: Mavare, Edwards, Mendoza / Odor, Benson, Chiang
Lo-A: Faulkner, Stafford / Mazara
Short-A: Garcia, Castro
Rookie: Demeritte, Vivili AAA: Round Rock 1, at Fresno (SFO) 2
Record: 62-51, -1.0
Leury Garcia singled twice and walked; he also stole his 12th base and was caught for the fourth time. Manny Ramirez did not play. Ryan Feierabend (3.77 ERA) gave up two runs in seven innings.
Round Rock has the fourth-best record in the league, which is good for only third place in the division. Salt Lake leads the league, followed by division rivals Albuquerque and Oklahoma City. The entire American Northern division is below .500. AA: at Frisco 2, San Antonio (SDG) 7
Record: 17-24, -7.0
2B Rougned Odor, the youngest player in AA, hit two singles and a bizarre triple
in his first three at-bats. Luis Sardinas (third youngest in the league) was limited to a single in five at-bats. The two also teamed on a swell double play.
Also making successful AA debuts were relievers Jon Edwards (1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 SO) and Francisco Mendoza (1 IP, 1 H, 3 SO). Edwards did make one end-of season appearance with Frisco last September, but that was more hole-filling than promotion.
Arlett Mavare (4.64 ERA) gave up two runs in five innings. RF Joe Benson (.288/.362/.673) was 2-3 with a walk, and DH Chih-Hsien Chiang doubled twice. High-A (1): Myrtle Beach 1, at Potomac (WAS) 6 (completion of 6/27 rain delay)
High-A (2): Myrtle Beach 1, at Potomac (WAS) 4 (7 innings)
Record: 23-16, +0.5
Victor Payano (4.54 ERA) pitched two scoreless innings in June but was touched for six runs in four additional innings on two homers and six other hits. Ryan Harvey (1.77 ERA) worked around two walks and a single in two scoreless innings. Kellin Deglan singled in June and again last night. He's hitting .282/.367/.385 since the All-Star break.
Just-demoted Hanser Alberto was 3-3 in the regularly scheduled game, and Odubel Herrera doubled. Paul Schwendel (4.89 ERA) allowed four runs in five innings.
Myrtle Beach's Splash won MiLB.com's contest for best mascot in the Carolina League. Alas, Spike (Round Rock), Deuce (Frisco), Conrad (Hickory) and Otto (Spokane) did not advance to the championship road. So, vote for Splash, won't you?
I did, although the Texas League is ably represented by the cheeky yet lovable Ballapeno, and Barley of the new Hillsboro Hops is a personal favorite.
Low-A: at Hickory 2, Asheville (COL) 1
Record: 22-18, -3.5
RF Nomar Mazara (.237/.316/.373) connected on his ninth homer and 17th double. Andrew Faulkner (2.96 ERA) surrendered a solo homer and five other hits in six innings, walking one and striking out four. Sam Stafford (5.87 ERA) walked three but prevented them from scoring in two innings. Short-A: at Spokane 3, Salem-Keizer (SFO) 9
Record: 24-24 overall, -2.0
Eric Brooks (3.86 ERA) suffered four runs in four innings on five hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Recently promoted Brett Anderson allowed three runs in an inning, and Richard Alvarez gave up two unearned runs on two hits and three walks. Despite three hits and a walk, Travis Dean didn't allow a run in two innings.
DH Brandon Garcia hit a solo homer, his second, and 2B Janluis Castro singled and doubled. Rookie: at Rangers 6, Mariners 8
Record: 4-2, tied for first
In his first game in nearly four weeks, 3B Joey Gallo doubled in three-at-bats and committed an error. Gallo has been DL'ed with a groin strain. DH Royce Bolinger was 0-4. Amongst the regulars, SS Travis Demeritte (.272/.411/.404) walked twice and singled twice, and 1B Fernando Vivili hit a two-run homer, his fourth. Starter Derek Thompson (3.38 ERA) gave up three runs on two hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. Five Years Ago Yesterday
I'm away from my old reports, and today's is already too long.
AAA: Josh Lindblom
AA: Tyler Tufts
Hi-A: Jerad Eickhoff
Lo-A: Ryan Bores
Short-A: Collin Wiles
Rookie: Akeem Bostick
Newberg Report (newbergreport.com)