The Farm Report -- 6/4/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 3 June
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 4, New Orleans (MIA) 2
Record: 27-29, 7 GB

SP Tyson Ross: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, 5.27 ERA
RP Tyler Wagner: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 7.71 ERA
CF Drew Robinson: 2-4, triple, HR (3), .264/.381/.447
RF Preston Beck: 2-3, 2 doubles, 2 triples, .303/.374/.402

Ross threw 93 pitches, 52 for strikes.  He's steadily walked around 10% of his opponents over the course of his career, so last night's four free passes probably won't have much effect on Texas's decision about his next outing.  Simply getting into the 6th and reaching 90 pitches were the goals.

OF Cesar Puello signed with the Angels after opting out of his contract with the Rangers.  He's in AAA Salt Lake.

AA: at Frisco 7, Arkansas (SEA) 0 (7)
AA: at Frisco 2, Arkansas (SEA) 0 (7)
Record: 25-30, 5 GB

SP Yohander Mendez: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 3.52 ERA
SP Collin Wiles: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.15 ERA
CF/RF Jose Cardona: 2-6, 2 SB (10), .335/.376/.454
C/2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 4-6, 2 doubles, HR (4), .296/.363/.424
RF Royce Bolinger: 4-5, double, 3 HR (4), .304/.351/.529
DH Luke Tendler: 1-3, HR (5), .237/.289/.376

Yohander Mendez and Collin Wiles treated the bullpen to a day off.  The Travelers managed only eight runners across the 14 innings.  Mendez, who's been a little walk-prone and extremely homer-prone, maintained his sharpness throughout, striking out his last two opponents to end the game.  Wiles needed only 81 pitches (57 strikes) and allowed a season-low two hits. While he fanned only two, he again walked just one.  Wiles has walked nine batters in 12 outings, never more than one in any game.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa four homers are four more than he hit during 2013-2016.  His 12 doubles are also equal to his previous high, and we've 60% of the season to play.  Someday, we'll look back at all my "he'll never hit for power at all but he's got a chance" comments and laugh.

Bolinger improved his slugging percentage by over 100 points in one night with three homers and a double. 

High-A: Down East 2, at Myrtle Beach (CHC) 10
Record: 21-34, 10.5 GB

SP Jonathan Hernandez: 3.2 IP, 12 H (1 HR), 7 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 17.18 ERA
3B Luis Yander La O: 3-4, HR (5), .305/.353/.432
1B Josh Altmann: 1-3, double, walk, .236/.317/.410

Jonathan Hernandez will have days like this in his climb up the ladder.  Unfortunately, this one coincided with his high-A debut.  20 years old for another month, Hernandez is the youngest player on the team.

La O has drawn only six walks all season but has eight HBPs.  At 25, he's the oldest of Texas's Cuban prospects, in fact a year older than Andy Ibanez, who joined last year.  He's spent about two-thirds of his time at third base with the rest coming at second.

Low-A: Hickory 5, at Delmarva (BAL) 3
Record: 21-35, 12.5 GB

SP Walker Weickel: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP C.D. Pelham: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.97 ERA
3B Ti'Quan Forbes: 2-4, HR (7), SB (2), .257/.306/.401
2B Blaine Prescott: 3-4, .244/.272/.333

Who? San Diego drafted Weickel 55th overall in 2012 (two picks after Collin Wiles).  Weickel spent 2013 in low-A repeated the level to begin 2014 and moved down to Spokane's level by the end of the season.  2015 and 216 were mostly lost to Tommy John, and the Padres released Weickel this spring.  Texas signed him after the season started.  Back in the day, Baseball America described him as having alow-90s fastball that touched 95, a mid-70s curve and weaker change.

Hickory scored single runs in the 7th, 8th and 9th to overcome a 3-2 deficit.  Forbes (.257/.306/.401) bested his previous high of four homers very early in the season and then went ice cold.  Now, he has two dingers in his last six games. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Mike Olt homered twice for the third consecutive game, giving him 17 on the season.  Jurickson Profar's streak of reaching base ended at 50 games.  Hickory walked off victorious on Drew Robinson's bases-loaded hit-by-pitch.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Anthony Bass
AA: Connor Sadzeck
High-A: Jeff Springs
Low-A: Kyle Cody

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