Rangers Farm Report: Games of 17 September 2016
CALIFORNIA LEAGUE FINALS
High-A: at High Desert 7, Visalia 4
High Desert wins best-of-five finals 3-0 Box
, Game Story
, Video of Last Out
SP Collin Wiles: 5 IP, 7 H (HR), 3 R, 0 BB, HBP, 2 SO
RP Felix Carvallo: 2 perfect IP, 3 SO
RP Clayton Cook: 1 scoreless IP, 1 H, 1 SO
RP Nick Gardewine: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP
RF Luke Tendler: 3-5, homer
2B Juremi Profar: 1-3, 2 walks
C Jose Trevino: 2-5
DH Jairo Beras: 2-4
3B Josh Morgan: 2-3, walk
On Saturday, High Desert won its first championship since 1997 and the first by a Texas-affiliated high-A squad since the 2002 Charlotte Rangers. The title will be its last, as the Mavericks will be contracted and reborn in the Carolina League.
The Mavs struck first with a Scott Heineman run on a Juremi Profar GIDP. Visalia took the lead in the 2nd on a two-out, two-run double that just eluded RF Luke Tendler. Catcher Jose Trevino ended the 3rd with a pickoff of Sergio Alcantara at third base, and in the 4th, Heineman laid out to nab a deep fly with two out that probably would have cleared the bases had it dropped. Starter Collin Wiles pitched to form, giving up some hits but avoiding walks.
Visalia imploded in the 6th. After singles by Jose Cardona and Jairo Beras, incoming lefty reliever Kirby Bellow walked lefty Carlos Arroyo (who drew all of four in 46 games this season). Then, righty Keegan Long walked Josh Morgan and Michael De Leon to bring home two and tie the game. Yet another reliever, Nick Baker, surrendered the go-ahead run on a groundout by Tendler, after which Juremi Profar singled home Morgan and De Leon. High Desert led 6-3.
Tendler tacked on a run with an 8th-inning solo shot. In the 9th, Visalia's first three batters reached against Nick Gardewine to bring up the tying run, but a double-play grounder eased the tension, and another grounded gave the Mavs the title.
In the series, High Desert limited Visalia to a .184/.263/.291 line and 40 strikeouts in 29 innings. Brett Martin was named MVP for his near-perfect outing (7 IP, 1 BB, 15 SO) Friday night.
Ten players took the field in the postseason for both High Desert and the 2015 Sally League-champion Hickory Crawdads: pitchers Brett Martin, Shane McCain, Jeffrey Springs and Collin Wiles, catcher Jose Trevino, infielder Juremi Profar, and outfielders Jairo Beras, Jose Cardona, Eric Jenkins and Luke Tendler. Josh Morgan and Michael De Leon, both regular-season fixtures, missed last year's playoff due to injury.
Just like last year in Hickory, the Mavs lost the first game, won the rest, and claimed the title on September 17.
Since winning the Cal League title 38 years ago, Visalia has reached and lost in the finals ten times. Even the Brooklyn Dodgers only lost seven straight. Most Recent Texas-Affiliated Championship Teams
AAA: 1996 Oklahoma City 89ers
AA: 2004 Frisco RoughRiders
High-A: 2016 High Desert Mavericks
Low-A: 2015 Hickory Crawdads
Short-A: 2008 Spokane Indians
Rookie: 2012 Rangers
DSL: 2014 Rangers
Newberg Report (newbergreport.com)