The Farm Report -- 6/13/2017

The draft continues with Rounds 3-10 at noon CDT.  Here's a summary of Texas's three Monday picks.  This is just what I've aggregated from various sources. 

1st round / 26th overall: OF Bubba Thompson
65-70 speed
Good bet to stick in center
Good bat speed, could develop some power
Enjoys fishing

Old for his class (already 19)
"Only" an average future bat
Needs plenty of time to develop in field and at plate

Scouting Reports, Etc.:
Baseball America (he's 26th, 2/3 down the page)  (he's 26th, click his picture)
Fangraphs (he's 21st, click "Report")
2080baseball (1/3 down the page) story. story about Thompson's decision to pick baseball over football.  Thompson was a star quarterback and had scholarship offers from several colleges.

1/29: SS Chris Seise
Takes pride in SS defense, instinctual and fluid
Added muscle and power as a high school senior, more to come
Very good runner

Mixed reviews. Some dissent on his future position (3B, CF)
Bat needs work

Scouting Reports, Etc.:
Baseball America (he's 29th, 2/3 down the page)  (he's 38th, click his picture)
Fangraphs (he's 57st, click "Report")
2080baseball (1/2 down the page) story.

2/66: RHP Hans Crouse
Best fastball velocity at a recent high school event (94.4 average), reaches upper 90s
Projection for even more velo
Extremely competitive, contemptuous of batters

Violent delivery
Slurvy curve needs work, hasn't thrown changeup much
Reports make him sound like a future reliever

Scouting Reports, Etc.:
Baseball America video  (he's 31th, click his picture)
Fangraphs (he's 35st, click "Report")
2080baseball (1/2 down the page) story.
Crouse overcame an awful lot to reach this point.

I expect all three to be assigned to the rookie squad.  Crouse might not see game action for a while.  Last year, the Rangers put all their young pitchers on a training program, and many didn't debut professionally until mid-August. 

As for the others linked to Texas in various mock drafts:
LHP D.L. Hall (21, O's)
RHP Tanner Houck (24, Red Sox)
RHP Nate Pearson (28, Jays)
SS Jeter Downs (32, Reds)
OF Tristen Lutz (34, Brewers)
RHP Steven Jennings (42, Bucs)
RHP Sam Carlson (55, M's)
SS Mark Vientos (59, Mets)
RHP Alex Scherff (on the board)

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 12 June
Box Scores

AAA: off

I omitted what should have been the lede to yesterday's recap: Mike Capps called his 2,500th game for the Round Rock Express.  He's been with the Express since Day One back in April 2000.  Congratulations to Mike.

AA: rain

Two today.

High-A: Down East 5, at Winston-Salem (CHW) 8
Record: 22-41, 15.5 GB

SP Frank Lopez: 3.1 IP, 6 H (2 HR), 6 R, 4 BB, 5 SO, 11.70 ERA
3B Luis La O: 3-5
RF Yanio Perez: 2-4
DH Preston Scott: 1-2, 2 SB (2), 2 HBP

Not long after I posted yesterday's report, Down East announced the arrival of Yanio Perez from Hickory.  Perez batted .322/.392/.533 with nine homers in 49 games.  He spent half of his time at 1B with a decent number of games in RF and a handful in left and at third base.  Based on Down East's current personnel, the Rangers can continue to shuttle him around several positions if they wish. 

Tyler Ferguson threw a 1-2-3 9th with one strikeout.

A few days ago, Josh Morgan was DL'ed after pulling up while running the bases.

Low-A: at Hickory 6, Lexington (KAN) 11
Record: 25-39, 12.5 GB

SP Mike Matuella: 2 IP, 8 H (2 HR), 5 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 7.45 ERA
RP Reid Anderson: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 6.09 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 2-5
DH Alex Kowalczyk: 3-5, double
3B Ti'Quan Forbes: 2-5

A warm, windy night and absence of top-notch stuff conspired to make Mike Matuella's evening unpleasant, per reporter Mark Parker.  Eight of 14 batters reached safely.  

Matt Smoral (2 IP, 2 R) has a 4.50 ERA, but he's walked or hit a total of 18 batters in just 12 innings.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
In a 14-inning Frisco victory, Roy Oswalt threw 85 pitches and allowed three runs in just 3.1 innings, while the bullpen allowed a lone run and struck out 13 over 10.2 innings.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Eddie Gamboa
AA: Payano / Wiles
High-A: Emerson Martinez
Low-A: Edgar Arredondo

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