Rangers Farm Report: Games of 9/2
Stars of the Day
AAA: Bianucci, Zaneski
AA: Odor, Telis
Lo-A: Lopez, Leclerc / Gallo, Lyon, Marte
Short-A: Wiles / Cordell, Jackson, Akins
DSL: Beltre / Profar, Perez, Castillo AAA: Round Rock 4, at Omaha (KC) 8
Final Record: 73-71, 3rd place, -9.0 games
Runs Scored: 4.76 per game, 0.34 better than park-adjusted league average
Runs Allowed: 4.44 per game, 0.01 better than average
Pythagorean Record: 77-67
Wilmer Font (0.45 ERA) finally allowed an earned run in AAA on two hits in the 9th. Despite his prowess, Texas has not recalled him. Font was extraordinarily reliant on his fastball, throwing them for over 90% of his pitches when I saw him in person (114 of 126, to be exact). Josh Lindblom, also not recalled, allowed six runs in five innings and finished 2013 with a 3.08 ERA.
DH Mike Bianucci (.281/.353/.536) hit his 12th homer. Catcher Zach Zaneski singled and doubled, and 1B Chris McGuiness (.246/.368/.423, 11 HR) walked twice. AA: Frisco 3, at Midland (OAK) 5
Final Record: 70-70 (1st half: 39-31, -3.0; 2nd half: 31-39, -10.0)
Runs Scored: 4.06 per game, 0.22 worse than park-adjusted league average
Runs Allowed: 4.13 per game, 0.15 better than average
Pythagorean Record: 69-71
Rougned Odor made the game's final out but was 2-4 with a double and fifth AA steal. He batted .306/.354/.530 with six homers and ten other extra-base hits in 30 AA games. Luis Sardinas (.259/.286/.311) was 1-5 with his fifth stolen base in AA and 32nd overall. Ryan Rua (0-4) hit .233/.305/.384 in 22 games at Frisco. Brett Nicholas (1-3, BB) enjoyed his best season by far, hitting 21 homers as part of a .289/.357/.474 line. Catcher Tomas Telis (.264/.290/.353) was 3-4.
Jerad Eickhoff allowed three runs on four hits and five walks plus a strikeout. Eickhoff looked good at times but didn't enjoy the rapid success of Luke Jackson and Nick Martinez, posting a 7.45 ERA with just 13 strikeouts in 29 innings. Lisalverto Bonilla (0.30 ERA) tossed a scoreless 9th, Jimmy Reyes (2.69 ERA) a scoreless 8th with two strikeouts. High-A: at Myrtle Beach 1, Carolina (CLE) 2
Final Record: 77-62 (1st half: 40-29, +2.5, division champion; 2nd half: 37-33, -6.0)
Runs Scored: 4.44 per game, 0.14 worse than park-adjusted league average
Runs Allowed: 4.32 per game, 0.26 better than average
Pythagorean Record: 71-68
Knuckleballer-in-training Kevin Pucetas (4.78 ERA) walked seven in 6.1 innings but struck out five and allowed just two runs. Both Cody Ege and Tyler Smith allowed a hit in 1.1 scoreless innings. Offense was limited to six runners and no extra-base hits. Jorge Alfaro (0-4) batted .182/.308/.182 in four games.
Myrtle Beach has today off and will commence the league semifinal tomorrow at Boston-affiliated Salem. I'll preview the series tomorrow. Low-A: at Hickory 6, Delmarva (BAL) 5
Final Record: 76-63 (1st half: 39-31, -0.5; 2nd half: 37-32, -7.5)
Runs Scored: 4.63 per game, 0.03 better than park-adjusted league average
Runs Allowed: 4.35 per game, 0.25 better than average
Pythagorean Record: 74-65
Joey Gallo drove in three on two walks and two singles. In 106 games with Hickory, he batted .245/.334/.610 with 38 homers, 14 stolen bases and 165 strikeouts. Even without the two extra homers he tallied while rehabbing in Arizona, he would lead the minors. Houston's George Springer stalled at 37.
Catcher David Lyon (.239/.321/.416) hit his ninth homer, and Luis Marte (.217/.245/.277) singled and doubled.
Frank Lopez struck out five and allowed two runs and five runners in five innings. The 19-year-old posted a 4.79 ERA with an opposing line of .261/.348/.363. Lopez fanned an impressive 24% of his foes but walked or hit one of every eight batters. Jose Leclerc struck out the side around an infield single in the 9th. During the second half, the 19-year-old Leclerc held opponents to a .178/.265/.289 line with a 35% strikeout rate.
The Hickory offense set Sally League records with 178 homers and 1,403 strikeouts. Hickory pitchers allowed just 70 homers, easily the fewest among Texas's five-season affiliation with the Crawdads. Short-A: Spokane 3, at Everett (SEA) 9
Final Record: 38-38 (1st half: 20-18, -3.0; 2nd half: 18-20, -3.0)
Runs Scored: 3.88 per game, 0.31 worse than park-adjusted league average
Runs Allowed: 3.86 per game, 0.33 better than average
Pythagorean Record: 38-38
Collin Wiles (3.09 ERA) allowed an unearned run in three innings on two hits, a walk and strikeout. After a slow start, the 53rd pick of the 2012 draft allowed an opposing line of .254/.314/.320 in the second half, though he fanned only 11% of opposing batters. A wild pitch, hit batter and two errors contributed to Everett's five-run 7th with Travis Dean (2.64 ERA) on the mound. Spokane allowed 293 runs, fewest in the league.
RF Ryan Cordell (.241/.322/.358) walked twice and doubled, and catcher Joe Jackson (.215/.307/.297) also walked twice and singled. CF Jordan Akins was 2-3 with a walk. Akins batted .209/.250/.407 in Spokane with a relatively benign 25% strikeout rate.
Rookie: season over, eliminated in league semifinals
Dominican Summer League: Rangers 7, Tigers 3
Best-of-five final tied 1-1
The Rangers tallied 12 singles, four HBPs and two walks. Reaching three times were SS Juremi Profar, 2B Brallan Perez and 3B Elio Castillo. 19-year-old Omarlin Lopez allowed three runs in five innings on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Lopez also hit a batter, balked and threw three wild pitches. Baseball America wrote about him when he signed
. Dario Beltre fanned three in three scoreless innings, and Felix Carvallo earned his second playoff save.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Only Spokane played; Joey Butler hit his fourth homer. Texas renewed its affiliation with the Indians through 2010. Today's Starters
DSL: Richelson Pena