The Farm Report -- 6/5/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Sunday 4 June
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 1, New Orleans (MIA) 7
Record: 27-30, 7.5 GB

SP Anthony Bass: 3 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 5 R, 4 BB, 4 SO, 3.25 ERA
RP Tanner Scheppers: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 6.43 ERA

Anthony Bass, who's pitched well in AAA, threw an astonishing 104 pitches in three-plus innings.  Sam Wolff managed a scoreless 6th despite two hits and a walk, and Tanner Scheppers allowed two runners but fanned the side in the 8th. 

Ex-Ranger Victor Payano closed out with two scoreless innings, and 1B Tomas Telis was 3-5. 

AA: at Frisco 1, Arkansas (SEA) 3
Record: 25-31, -6.5

SP Connor Sadzeck: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 7 SO, 4.86 ERA
1B Juremi Profar: 2-4, HR (5), .271/.293/.402
DH Luke Tendler: 2-4, .243/.293/.379

Connor Sadzeck struck out seven in five innings but never had a clean inning and often found himself in a pickle. He faced 12 of his 25 opponents with a runner or runners in scoring position.  Since his mid-May gem (8 IP, 1 R, 9 SO), Sadzeck hasn't lasted more than 5.1 innings and always allowed at least three runs.

Rested and ready after Saturday's two complete-game shutouts, relievers Joe Filomeno, Shane McCain, Ryne Slack and Nick Gardewine split the last four innings equally.

After Juremi Profar's 8th-inning solo homer, Arkansas retired five consecutive Riders on swinging strikeouts.

High-A: at Down East 4, Wilmington (KAN) 6
Record: 21-35, 11 GB

SP Jeffrey Springs: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 SO, 5.01 ERA
RF Preston Scott: 2-3, HR (2), walk, SB (1), .259/.371/.543
C Tyler Sanchez: 1-3, HR (2), walk, .175/.340/.350

Jeffrey Springs settled for seven strikeouts after ten in each of his last two starts.  So good in his last outing, Adam Choplick walked three in 1.2 innings, and two would score. 

Low-A: Hickory 8, at Delmarva (BAL) 6
Record: 22-35, 11.5 GB

SP Kyle Cody: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 4.34 ERA
RP Jake Lemoine: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4.44 ERA
RP Nick Dignacco: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
RF Franklin Rollin: 3-5, 2 doubles, SB (10), .256/.290/.394
1B Yanio Perez: 2-5, double, .333/.400/.572
SS Anderson Tejeda: 1-4, triple, .198/.275/.349

Hickory lost early leads of 1-0 and 4-2, but two 9th-inning runs that broke a 6-6 tie would hold up.  Miguel Aparicio reached on an error and advanced to second on a balk, after which doubles by Franklin Rollin and Yanio Perez provided the winning margin. 

Dominican Summer League
The Dominican Summer League began Saturday.  I don't cover it on a daily basis because the stats are nearly worthless, media coverage is negligible, and only a small percentage of players ever reach the US.  That said, several newcomers made their professional debuts over the weekend, so I'll summarize them now.

Catcher David Garcia homered and doubled on Saturday.  Baseball America was especially fond of Garcia, rating him among the better 2016 signings and Texas's #13 prospect in the offseason.  He's a switch-hitter with a contact-oriented swing and is fairly athletic, if not fast. 

Listed at 6'0" and a slight 150 pounds, CF Leuri  Mejia is one of the youngest professionals in baseball.  He won't turn 17 until the end of August.  Mejia's a natural center fielder with great speed and a switch-hitting bat that will take work, per Baseball America.  His pro debut was as good as you could ask for: a homer, two walks and a stolen base.  Mejia received Texas's second-largest bonus ($850,000), just ahead of Garcia and behind Cuban Yanio Perez.

2B Emir Velasquez was 2-5 with a stolen base.  Yet another contact-first switch-hitter, the 5'8" Venezuelan has the range but perhaps not the arm for short.  OF Danny Drullard singled, walked twice and stole a base in his pro debut.  Drullard has more power potential than the others previously mentioned.  Signed as a shortstop, Michael Chirinos played first base on Saturday.  At 5'10", 155 pounds, he certainly has the body more fitting a middle infielder, but on Saturday he hit like a corner man, knocking two triples and drawing a walk.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas had five of the top 100 picks in the draft:
OF Lewis Brinson (29th overall) -- Part of the Lucroy/Jeffress trade, hitting .300/.391/.500 for AAA Colorado Springs. Milwaukee's best prospect.
3B Joey Gallo (39) -- 3rd in the American League with 16 homers, on pace for Wins Above Replacement in the 3.5-4.5 range.
RHP Collin Wiles (53) -- 3.15 ERA for AA Frisco
OF Jamie Jarmon (83) -- A belly flop. .167/.269/.224 line, retired two years after draft to play college football.
OF Nick Williams (93) -- Part of the omnibus Hamels trade, hitting .280/.319/.503 for AAA Lehigh Valley. As with Texas, well regarded but with reservations.

And for fun, the fates of a few more guys linked to Texas in mock drafts that June.  Three would be picked before Texas was on the clock:

OF D.J. Davis (17th overall, Toronto) -- Very slow to develop, hasn't hit much, no takers in last winter's Rule 5 draft.
RHP Lucas Sims (21, Atlanta) -- A consensus top-100 prospect prior to 2014, dropped off since then but pitching well in AAA.  MLB beckons.
C Stryker Trahan (26, Arizona) -- Couldn't hit above short-season level, moved to outfield. Currently unemployed to my knowledge.
LHP Matt Smoral (50, Toronto) -- A Texas minor league Rule 5 pick last winter, now in Hickory.  Many strikeouts, many walks, many injuries.
RHP Duane Underwood (67, Cubs) -- Cubs' #15 prospect per Baseball America, worthy of a 40 spot last winter, struggling in second try at AA.

This year's draft doesn't begin until next Monday.  I'll summarize potential picks later this week.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Clayton Blackburn
AA: off
High-A: Frank Lopez
Low-A: off

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