The Farm Report -- 5/18/2017

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Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 17 May

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 10, at Reno (ARI) 6 (10)
Record: 16-24, 9 GB

SP Brady Dragmire: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4.97 ERA
RP James Dykstra: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 SO
RP Preston Claiborne: 2.2 scoreless IP, 1 H, 3 SO, 2.30 ERA
RF Drew Stubbs: 0-3, 2 walks, SB (2)
LF Cesar Puello: 3-5, double, .262/.307/.397
C Brett Hayes: 4-5, double,  .204/.267/.241

A nice finish to a rough trip.  Drew Stubbs walked, stole second and scored on an error in the 10th, after which Preston Beck singled home two and Luis Marte drove in another on a groundout.  Dragmire made his first start in four years and only the ninth overall versus 162 relief appearances.

AA: at Frisco 7, Midland (OAK) 4
Record: 17-22, 6 GB

SP Yohander Mendez: 6 IP, 5 H (3 HR), 4 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 6 SO, 3.47 ERA
LF Scott Heineman: 3-4, triple, HR (5), .296/.383/.487
CF Jose Cardona: 2-4, HR (2), .312/.358/.424
SS Michael De Leon: 2-4, triple, .221/.271/.298

Homers have bedeviled Mendez this year.  In five previous seasons covering 293 innings, he gave up only 15.  This year: 49 innings, 11 homers.  Adam Loewen, Sam Wolff (who fanned three) and Reed Garrett divided the last three innings equally and without incident. 

Nice of Jose Cardona to bolster my contention that he has a little pop with his second homer in two days.  Heineman went deep for the first time in 16 days, his longest gap of the season, but he's still having an outstanding May (.319/.380/.542).

High-A: Down East 5, at Carolina (MIL) 7
Record: 15-24, 9.5 GB

SP Tyler Davis: 4 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 4 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 7.79 ERA
DH Eduard Pinto: 1-2, 2 walks, SB (4), .321/.372/.446

With no runs and a lone Eduard Pinto single to their credit entering the 9th, the Ducks managed to bring the tying run to the plate before succumbing.  Josh Altmann's two-run double cut the margin to two, but Luis La O grounded to short for the final out. 

That Jairo Beras mound outing may not be a one-off.  Beras is still just 22 but also sporting a .236/.288/.407 line in high-A in his fourth year of full-season ball. 

Low-A: off

Mark Parker interviewed hitting coach Kenny Hook about the progress made by Hickory batters.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Myrtle Beach's Cody Buckel set career highs with eight scoreless innings and eleven strikeouts.  At the time, he led the Carolina League in innings, strikeouts, ERA and runners allowed per inning.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Tyler Wagner
AA: Collin Wiles
High-A: Emerson Martinez
Low-A: Mike Matuella

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