Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/18
Sorry for the delay. Real life intervened. Rude of it, I'd say. Stars of the Day
AAA: Adduci, Butler, McGuiness, Bianucci, Rodriguez, Zaneski
AA: Mavare / Odor, Nicholas, Strausborger
Hi-A: Gonzalez / Robinson
Lo-A: Alfaro, Lyon
Rookie: Dula, Smith
AAA: Round Rock 8, at Nashville (MIL) 6 (10 innings)
Record: 67-62, -6.0, elimination number 10
The Express recovered from a 5-1 deficit and put 23 runners on base. CF Jim Adduci was 3-5 with a walk, and 3B Mike Bianucci also had three hits. SS Guilder Rodriguez was 2-3 with a double and two walks. Catcher Zach Zaneski, RF Joey Butler and 1B Chris McGuiness reached three times on various combinations of hits and walks.
Josh Lindblom (2.74 ERA) gave up five runs on two homers, three other hits and two walks in six innings. A suddenly vincible Ben Rowen (0.69 ERA) allowed a run on two hits in two innings.
AA: at Frisco 10, Tulsa (COL) 4
Record: 23-33, -12.0, elimination number 3, 62-64 overall
1B Brett Nicholas hit a 3rd-inning grand slam
(his 21st homer) and walked. 2B Rougned Odor (.278/.333/.486) was 2-4 with a walk. LF Ryan Strausborger doubled, singled and walked.
Starter Neil Ramirez (3.84 ERA) struck out seven of 18 batters and allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in four innings. Arlett Mavare permitted just a solo homer in 3.1 innings. Lisalverto Bonilla (0.36 ERA) struck out two in a scoreless 9th. Since dropping to Frisco, he's allowed a meager .165/.237/.188 line and fanned 42% of opposing hitters. Bonilla will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this winter if not protected on the 40-man roster.
Frisco heads to San Antonio for four after a day off. I hope to spend a little time down there with the Riders, Ballapeno and Henry the Puffy Taco. High-A: at Myrtle Beach 2, Lynchburg (ATL) 3
Record: 33-23, +2.5, 73-52 overall, first-half champion
1st-rounder Alex Gonzalez (4.91 ERA) recovered nicely from last week's trouncing, allowing a single run and hit in four innings while walking two and striking out three. 3B Drew Robinson (.245/.365/.379) was 3-3 with a double and walk. Jake Skole (.220/.347/.315) drew three walks but was picked off once, and RF Preston Beck (.247/.349/.343) doubled and walked.
Low-A: Hickory 4, at West Virginia (PIT) 5
Record: 31-25, -4.5 or -2.5, 70-56 overall
Jorge Alfaro hit a three-run homer, his 13th, with two outs in the 5th. Hickory would scored once more on two Power errors, but 11 of the last 17 batters struck out. Catcher David Lyon walked twice and singled.
Jose Monegro gave up three runs in five innings. Monegro has a 3.38 ERA and solid peripherals in three starts, admirable for a pitcher whose previous 126 appearances across six seasons were in relief.
Hickory trails by 4.5 games in the second half and 2.5 for the full season. The latter figure is what matters right now because of various tiebreakers. I'll explain in more detail down the road if necessary.
Short-A: at Spokane 1, Hillsboro (ARI) 5
Record: 12-12, +1.0, 32-30 overall
The Hops are 5-3 against Spokane and 19-35 versus the rest of the league. Hillsboro scored three in the 9th off Justin Sprenger. Kelvin Vasquez (2.28 ERA) surrendered a solo homer and little else in six innings, walking none and striking out seven. Offense was negligible.
Rookie: Rangers 1, at Mariners 3
Record: 13-7, +1.0, 30-18 overall, first-half champion
RHPs Chris Dula and Jarred Smith made their professional debuts with nearly identical lines. Both pitched a scoreless inning with no hits and two strikeouts; Smith walked one. The 14th-rounder Smith is 20 years old out of the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, a name I shan't type again. Dula just turned 21, hails from Catawba College (a short drive from Hickory) and was selected in the 25th round. Jose Samayoa (3.45 ERA) struck out nine in five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in nine innings. The offense mustered four hits, two by 2B Taylor Wrenn.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Ian Kinsler was DL'ed with a sports hernia and would miss Texas's last 37 games. Justin Smoak went 1-3 with a double and walk in his pro debut with low-A Clinton. Today's Starters
AAA: Evan Meek
Hi-A: Luis Parra
Lo-A: Paul Schwendel
Short-A: David Ledbetter