The Farm Report -- 9/12/2016

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 11 September 2016

High-A: at High Desert 15, Lancaster 7
Best-of-five semifinal tied 1-1

SP Jeffrey Springs: 4.1 IP, 4 H (2 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 7 SO
RP Adam Quintana: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 SO
RP Felix Carvallo: 1.1 scoreless IP, 1 SO
LF Scott Heineman: 4-5, walk
RF Luke Tendler: 2-6
2B Juremi Profar: 3-5, double, homer
C Jose Trevino: 3-5, double
DH Jairo Beras: 2-5
3B Josh Morgan: 2-5, double
CF Eric Jenkins: 3-3, double, 2 walks, SB
SS Michael De Leon: 1-3, double, walk

In what could be the final game at Heritage Field (for affiliated ball, at least), High Desert banged out 20 hits and scored in every inning but the 3rd.  Newcomer Eric Jenkins reached in all five plate appearances and scored four runs.  Only poor Josh Altmann (0-5) didn't join the fun.

In a reversal of Saturday, Lancaster paid the price for lack of control, as all four High Desert batters who drew walks would come around to score.  The JetHawks clubbed four homers but scored only one additional baserunner with them.

Attendance for the first two postseason games jumped from about 1,800 last year to over 4,000 in 2016.  High Desert needs to avoid two straight losses at Lancaster in order to play another game in the home park.  Victorville Daily Press writer and former Mavs employee Rene Ray De La Cruz offered an entertaining farewell to the stadium.

Collin Wiles will start Game 3.

Last Thursday through Saturday, the Phillies started Alec Asher, Jake Thompson and Jerad Eickhoff.  Asher and Eickhoff provided six scoreless innings (the former with zero strikeouts), while Thompson allowed two runs in five innings.  Catcher Jorge Alfaro is back up from AA, although still looking for his MLB debut.  Staying down is OF Nick Williams, who in the season's second half collected 27 extra-base hits but only two walks against 72 strikeouts.

Atlanta released RHP Wilfredo Boscan. 

Today begins the notification process on which minor league affiliations are available to Major League clubs.  The Rangers have already locked up their affiliates through 2018.  The AAA landscape will remain completely unchanged, and Low-A might also see no movement.

Five Years Ago, Two Days Before Yesterday
I've neglected my nostalgia duties.  On 9/9/11, Round Rock avoided a three-game sweep by Omaha with a 9-8, 11-inning victory.  Neil Ramirez allowed a run in five innings and whiffed five.  Both Frisco and Myrtle Beach fell to one game from elimination.  In three games, Myrtle Beach had stranded 32 runners.

Hickory was eliminated in a 2-0 loss to Greensboro and 25-year-old starter James Leverton, who had 175 innings of experience above low-A.  In the other defeat, Hickory lost a 2-1 lead in the 8th and scored runs in the 10th, 13th and 15th, only to relinquish the lead each time and eventually the game.

Five Years Ago, Day Before Yesterday
The remaining three affiliates were eliminated.  Out in Omaha, Kila Ka'aihue homered off Round Rock's Tanner Scheppers in the 10th for a 4-2 win.  Frisco succumbed 11-3 to ex-Ranger Robbie Erlin and the 94-46 Missions.  Rookie Kyle Hendricks garnered some AA experience (2 IP, 3 R) after spending most of the season in Spokane.  Myrtle Beach, which won Game 1 won and led by five in Game 2, was outscored 24-3 the rest of the way.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Nothing.  A few weeks later, I announced Jurickson Profar (position player) and Robbie Ross (pitcher) as my minor league players of the year.

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