The Farm Report -- 6/17/2017

Texas DL'ed RHP Andrew Cashner with an oblique strain and purchased the contract of... Ernesto Frieri?  Okay.  The reliever had just joined the Rangers as a free agent and made one appearance for Round Rock.  He last pitched in the Majors in 2015.  Texas also designated 1B/OF Peter O'Brien for assignment. 

The Rangers signed their top three draft picks (OF Bubba Thompson, SS Chris Seise, RHP Hans Crouse) and assigned them to the rookie squad, which begins play next Sunday.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 16 June

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 5, at New Orleans (MIA) 4
Record: 33-35, 8.5 GB

SP Clayton Blackburn: 5.1 IP, 8 H (1 HR), 4 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 5.70 ERA
RP Sam Wolff: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
DH Brett Nicholas: 2-5, double
3B Will Middlebrooks: 2-4, 2 HR (9), 2 walks

Round Rock finished the road trip 6-5.  Nicholas is batting .331/.377/.509.  Not many third catchers are doing that, I suspect.  I wonder if Texas is wondering about a Chirinos/Nicholas tandem in 2018.  Wolff has nine strikeouts and two walks in 5.2 AAA innings.

Texas released reliever Brady Dragmire, the subject of a back-and-forth waiver war between the Rangers and Bucs last December.  Dragmire had a 5.70 ERA, 15 walks and 18 strikeouts in 36 innings.

AA: at Frisco 4, San Antonio (SDG) 2
Record: 30-37, 9 GB

SP Cole Hamels: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Connor Sadzeck: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 4 SO, 5.05 ERA
CF Michael O'Neill: 2-4, triple
3B Juremi Profar: 1-3, HR (8), walk
LF Luke Tendler: 1-3, HR (8), walk

Hamels threw 35 pitches in the game and another 20 or so in the bullpen.  Reports were positive, and he's scheduled for another rehab outing Wednesday.  Just like last time, Sadzeck rebounded nicely from a previous outing in which he couldn't complete one inning.

High-A: at Down East 2, Myrtle Beach (CHC) 0
Record: 24-43, 16.5 GB

SP Jonathan Hernandez: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 7.07 ERA
RP Adam Choplick: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.73 ERA
RP Ricardo Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 1.61 ERA
LF Ledarious Clark: 1-2, walk, 2 SB (11)

After two very hittable outings, Hernandez showed why he was promoted to high-A, shutting the Pelicans for six innings. Rodriguez has retired 37 consecutive batters, 18 by strikeout.  Down East made the most of its five baserunners.

Texas released LHP Frank Lopez.  Two years ago, Lopez ranked around the twenties among Rangers prospects, promoted to Frisco after shredding the high-octane Cal League.  I saw his AA debut in San Antonio, and while no pitch stood out as above average, he exuded calm, worked quickly and could throw three pitches for strikes in any count.  Unfortunately, over time, his already borderline velocity declined, and his effectiveness diminished. 

Low-A: Hickory 0, at Lakewood (PHI) 6
Record: 27-41, 12 GB

SP Walker Weickel: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 3.65 ERA
3B Blaine Prescott: 2-4

Lakewood's JoJo Romero four-hit the Dads and struck out ten over eight innings.  Hickory can't finish the first half better than 29-41, so this half-season will be the worst in its nine years as a Texas affiliate.  The second-half 2009 edition went 30-40.

Short-A: at Spokane 4,Boise (COL) 5 (10)
Record: 0-1, 1.5 GB

SP Cole Ragans: 4 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 4 R, 6 BB, 2 SO
RP Stephen Bruce: 2 scoreless IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO
RP Tai Tiedemann: 1 scoreless IP, 2 H
SS Cristian Inoa: 1-4, double, walk
1B Andretty Cordero: 2-5, HR (1)
DH Curtis Terry: 1-4, double, walk
3B Charles Leblanc: 1-4, walk
2B Kole Enright: 2-5

2016 first-rounder Cole Ragans admitted to nervousness, having never pitched before so many fans in his life.  Ragans walked six and missed on 35 of 73 pitches.  Down 4-0 in the 6th, Andretty Cordero scored Spokane's first run on a solo homer.  Cordero, 20, was making his US debut after three years in the Dominican Summer League.  17-year-old SS Cristian Inoa doubled home two in the 7th and scored on a Curtis Terry double to tie the game.  Three straight Hawks reached against Grant Zawadzki in the 10th to retake the lead.  In the bottom half, 2016 4th-rounder Charles Leblanc led off with a walk but was caught in-between bases after a strike and tagged out. 

Inoa and CF Miguel Aparicio (18) are the third and fourth-youngest players in the eight-team Northwest League.  The Padres have nine of the 18 youngest players, all international signings.  You might recall that the Pads are headed by A.J. Preller.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Spokane's Ryan Rua won everyone in Section B a roast beef sandwich.  Myrtle Beach won 2-1 behind two doubles from Brett Nicholas.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Eddie Gamboa
AA: Ariel Jurado
High-A: Jeffrey Springs
Low-A: Kyle Cody
Short-A: Tyler Phillips

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