Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/24
Stars of the Day
AAA: Adduci, Bianucci, Harris
AA: Harvey, Bleier / Martinez
Hi-A: Parra / Grayson, Alberto, Adams
Lo-A: Leclerc, Alfaro, Mazara
Short-A: Vasquez / Roa AAA: at Round Rock 3, Oklahoma City (HOU) 6
Record: 70-65, -8.0, elimination number 2
The Express scored on solo homers by Jim Adduci (15), Mike Bianucci (9)
and Brendan Harris (1). Adduci also walked twice, singled and stole his 32nd base. Evan Meek (3.99 ERA) gave up five runs in five inning. Round Rock has lost 17 of 25 since a 62-48 start. AA: at Frisco 3, Midland (OAK) 8
Record: 64-67 overall, eliminated
Midland pinned seven runs on Arlett Mavare (5.34 ERA) in just 1.1 innings. Randy Henry (0.96 ERA) and Richard Bleier (3.34 ERA) threw two scoreless innings. Teodoro Martinez (.246/.281/.361) hit his 12th homer
. 1B Brett Nicholas doubled and walked.
High-A: Myrtle Beach 4, at Winston-Salem (CHA) 6
Record: 34-28, -1.5
The Pelicans untied a 2-2 game with two 9th-inning runs, but Winston-Salem's Joey DeMichele hit a two-out grand slam off Ryan Harvey in the bottom half. DeMichele also homered in the 8th. Starter Luis Parra (3.48 ERA) offered his best high-A start, allowing a run in six innings on four hits, a walk and five strikeouts.
LF Chris Grayson was 2-3 with his fourth homer
and a walk. SS Hanser Alberto had three singles, and 1B Trever Adams was 3-5 with a double. Low-A: at Hickory 4, Augusta (SFO) 6
Record: 73-59, -2.0, elimination number 7
Hickory has squandered a lead in three straight losses. Augusta scored the critical runs in the 8th on a bunt single, two walks and two errors. Starter Paul Schwendel (4.15 ERA) allowed four runs and eight baserunners in five innings. Jose Leclerc (3.58 ERA) retired six straight and fanned three.
Jorge Alfaro hit his 15th homer, Nomar Mazara his 12th. Short-A: Spokane 3, at Vancouver (TOR) 2
Record: 35-33, +1.0
No extra innings unlike the previous night, but Spokane again eked out a win with single runs in the last two innings. Marcus Greene drew a bases-loaded walk in the 8th, and Gabriel Roa bunt-singled home Ryan Cordell (who had walked) in the 9th. Roa (.227/.340/.261) had three of Spokane's six hits.
Kelvin Vasquez pitched well again, shutting out the Canadians for six innings with four hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Vasquez's opposing line fell to .205/.313/.243 with a 26% strikeout rate.
Four regular-season games remain. The Rangers already have qualified for the playoffs and are fighting the Dodgers for a first-round bye. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas purchased the contract of Nelson Cruz from AAA Oklahoma. I trawled through the stats for similarly aged and formidable AAA hitters achieving significant MLB careers after their 28th birthday and found little: Lee Stevens, Brian Daubach, Luke Scott, others of lesser note. As I noted, Cruz was faster and more athletic than almost all of his statistical comparables. Today's Starters
AAA: Michael Kirkman
AA: Luke Jackson
Hi-A: Kevin Pucetas
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck
Short-A: David Ledbetter
Newberg Report (newbergreport.com)