Short-season Spokane announced its Opening Day roster.
As mentioned yesterday, it’s filled entirely with players already in the organization because the draft won’t end until the day before the season starts. I’ll have more info in the coming days, but for now, two tidbits:
Last year’s top four picks and the eighth pick are there: LHP Cole Ragans (1), RHP Alex Speas (2), 2B Kole Enright (3), SS/3B Charles Leblanc (4), RHP Tai Tiedemann (8).
The youngest player is 17-year-old shortstop Cristian Inoa, a 2015 international signing from the Dominican Republic. Playing mostly at second base, Inoa batted .282/.384/.403 in last year’s Dominican Summer League. Other teenagers, from youngest to oldest, are OF Miguel Aparicio (18), OF Kobie Taylor (18, last year’s 15th rounder), Speas (19), Enright, Ragans, RHP Tyler Phillips and OF Chad Smith.
Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 9 June Box Scores AAA: Round Rock 6, at OKC (LAD) 12
Record: 30-32, 7.5 GB
SP Tyson Ross: 5 IP, 10 H (3 HR), 8 R, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 2 SO, 7.71 ERA
CF/LF Travis Snider: 3-5
1B/3B/C Brett Nicholas: 2-5, double
LF/1B/3B: 2-3, HR (5), 2 walks
DH/1B Ronald Guzman: 2-4, double, walk
2B Drew Robinson's mid-game ejection created a mess. Round Rock had exactly three players experienced in the non-1B spots on the infield, so, for a while, Brett Nicholas played 3B for the first time since college, and Will Middlebrooks moved to 2B for first time in four years and only the third time in his career. Later, the Express abandoned the DH, and reliever Jimmy Reyes pinch-hit for Jaye Chapman. He struck out on a full-count fastball.
As for the rehabbing Tyson Ross, the line speaks for itself, I think. The location of his next start is to be determined.
As for how Nicholas handled third: AA: Frisco 3, at Corpus Christi (HOU) 1
Record: 27-33, 6 GB
SP Yohander Mendez: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 SO, 3.36 ERA
RP Cody Palmquist: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 2.45 ERA
CF Michael O'Neill: 1-3, HR (3), walk
SS Michael De Leon: 1-3, double, walk
One of Mendez's best starts of the season, absent the long-ball and free-pass problems that have marred parts of 2017. His career high of ten strikeouts was set over three years ago; he's reached nine a few times since then. O'Neill, who struggled as a Yankee in AA last year, has found the Texas League much more to his liking. High-A: Down East 1, at Potoman (WAS) 0
Record: 22-38, 12.5 GB
SP Richelson Pena: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.18 ERA
RP Jose Valdespina: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 6.75 ERA
RP Ricardo Rodriguez: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 1.82 ERA
CF Matt Lipka: 2-4, double
SS Arturo Lara: 2-3
2B Brallan Perez: 2-3
Pena, Valdespina and Rodriguez combined on a five-hit shutout. In his last three starts, Pena has allowed three runs in 23 innings. Rodriguez earned is ninth save. Low-A: at Hickory 3, Lexington (KAN) 4
Record: 23-38, 12.5 GB
SP Matt Ball: 6 IP, 7 H (1 HR), 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 10 SO, 5.22 ERA
C Alex Kowalczyk: 2-4
SS Yeyson Yrizarri: 3-4, 2 doubles
And we finish with a gut punch. Hickory led 3-1 entering the 9th on the back of Ball's best start as a Ranger and career-high ten strikeouts. Nick Dignacco, who pitched a clean 7th and 8th, was pulled after consecutive singles in the 9th. Reid Anderson allowed runs on a single, sac fly and fielder's choice. Yrizarri doubled in the bottom half but was stranded. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Mike Olt hit a grand slam, his 19th homer of the year. Nick Tepesch dealt a seven-inning shutout for Myrtle Beach. Today's Starters:
AAA: Anthony Bass
AA: Connor Sadzeck
High-A: Jonathan Hernandez
Low-A: Walker Weickel