Rangers Farm Report: Games of Tuesday 6 June Box Scores AAA: Round Rock 8, at Col. Springs (MIL) 12
Record: 28-31, 7.5 GB
SP Allen Webster: 5.1 IP, 8 H (1 HR), 7 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 6.79 ERA
CF Drew Robinson: 3-5, double, 2 HR (6), .277/.384/.509
C Brett Nicholas: 3-5, double, .362/.413/.554
LF Travis Snider: 3-4, double, walk, .274/.354/.400
On Monday, Drew Robinson homered on the game's second pitch. Last night, he waited until the third pitch to go deep. He homered again later, and a third was stolen by none other than Ryan Cordell. Robinson has five bombs and a slugging percentage of 1.120 in six June games.
I misspoke yesterday when I said Texas would play five games by NL rules. Because I can't read a schedule, I thought Texas was traveling to New York, when in fact the only NL trip will involve Washington over the weekend. In any case, and especially given Adrian Beltre's injury, Texas will need to expand on what's effectively a two-man bench at present. Yesterday, I ranked my choices as Nicholas, Robinson, Jurickson Profar, Ronald Guzman, Hanser Alberto and Peter O'Brien. I'd switch Robinson and Nicholas now. As for the others: Profar isn't hitting as well as Robinson, Guzman needs constant at-bats, Alberto would be redundant with Pete Kozma around, and O'Brien has been flat-out awful at the plate all season.
Texas signed reliever Ernesto Frieri, whom you may know best as Texas's punching bag during 2012-2013. During a 12-game span, the Rangers batted .392/.426/.961 with nine homers against him. He saved three games, blew three and took losses in two others. Frieri hasn't pitched in MLB since 2015. He was throwing well for the Yankees in AAA (3.43 ERA, 24 SO in 21 IP) and took his June 1 opt-out. AA: Frisco 1, at Corpus Christi (HOU) 5
Record: 25-32, 7 GB
SP Ariel Jurado: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 8 SO, 3.88 ERA
RP Brady Feigl: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
3B Andy Ibanez: 1-3, walk, .263/.333/.456
Despite Ariel Jurado's most strikeouts in over a year, one bad inning and too many deep counts spoiled the night. Four of the five hits (plus a run-scoring error) occurred in a 33-pitch, four-run 2nd. Andy Ibanez committed two errors while playing third base for the second time this season. I've not seen him there this year, but in 2016 his display at third was far from fluid. High-A: at Down East 2, Wilmington (KAN) 3
Record: 21-37, 12.5 GB
SP Emerson Martinez: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO, 5.36 ERA
RP Tyler Ferguson: 1 IP, 3 H (3 HR), 3 R, 1 SO, 23.14 ERA
SS Arturo Lara: 2-3, double, .208/.245/.285
A gut punch. Whatever his control issues, Tyler Ferguson has been stingy with the long ball, allowing only three in 66.1 pro innings. Last night, charged with protecting a 2-0 lead in the 9th, Ferguson surrendered three solo homers. The ending spoiled Emerson Martinez's best outing of his career. Lara hasn't hit as well as his Cuban compatriots, but he didn't come to the US with the regard of Ibanez, Yanio Perez or Luis La O.
With the loss, the Ducks were eliminated from contention for the first-half division title. Low-A: at Hickory 2, Greenville (BOS) 1
Record: 23-35, 11 GB
SP Mike Matuella: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 5.71 ERA
RP Kaleb Fontenot: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.13 ERA
RP Reid Anderson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 7.22 ERA
1B Yanio Perez: 2-3, walk, .340/.408/.574
3B Ti'Quan Forbes: 2-4, .261/.307/.398
Matuella pitched to recent form, with a twist. Having completed three innings with only a hit batter and 38 pitches on his ledger, he took the mound in the 4th for the first time as a professional. Consecutive singles, the last on a nine-pitch at-bat, ended his night. Kaleb Fontenot then did what he does, which is makes opponents miserable. Per reporter Mark Parker, Fontenot dealt a four-pitch mix including a 91-92 MPH fastball.
Tied at one in the 8th, Hickory scored on two-out singles by Miguel Aparicio (1-4), Perez and Forbes. Reid Anderson allowed a leadoff single in the 9th but held firm. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Tanner Scheppers was promoted to the Rangers. Frisco's Mike Olt hit his seventh homer in five games and 18th on the season. Today's Starters:
AAA: Eddie Gamboa
AA: Pedro Payano
Low-A: Edgar Arredondo