The Farm Report -- 6/29/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 28 June
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 9, at Nashville (OAK) 11
Record: 37-41, 10 GB

SP James Dykstra: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 8.17 ERA
RP Ryne Slack: 2 IP, 7 H (1 HR), 3 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 10.38 ERA
CF Jared Hoying: 2-4, double, SB (4), HBP, .227/.314/.453
LF Drew Stubbs: 3-5, double, .322/.438/.496

The organization is fond of undrafted 24-year-old righty Ryne Slack. Unfortunately, so are opposing AAA hitters, so far. Slack posted a 1.14 ERA with eight walks and 25 strikeouts in 23.2 innings in AA. 

Day before: 6-4 win, Ryan Rua 3-4 and a walk, Travis Snider 4-5 with a double. 

AA: off

Day before: Frisco's division won the Texas League All-Star Game 10-3.  Ariel Jurado and Cody Palmquist threw scoreless innings, while Collin Wiles allowed a solo homer in his frame.  SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa and C Jose Trevino played part of the game but didn't get a hit.  CF Jose Cardona was 0-3 with a walk.

High-A: at Down East 2, Winston-Salem (CHW) 0
Record: 3-3, 1.5 GB

SP Emerson Martinez: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 7 SO, 2.81 ERA
RP Ricardo Rodriguez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 1.41 ERA
1B Preston Scott: 2-4, .254/.361/.469

22-year-old Emerson Martinez has allowed all of four runs in his last four starts.  Ricardo Rodriguez tossed two scoreless innings but finally surrendered a baserunner in the form of a Telvin Nash double.  Rodriguez had retired 45 in a row.  The next batter he faces will be in the Texas League, as the Rangers promoted him to AA this afternoon.

Lefty Brett Martin, out since early May with a back injury, will start tonight. 

Texas's lone representative in the upcoming Futures Game will be righty Jonathan Hernandez.

Day before:  4-0 loss, Yanio Perez 2-3 with a double and HBP.

Low-A: Hickory 1, at Kannapolis (CHW) 0
Record: 4-3, 2 GB

SP Walker Weickel: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 3.15 ERA
RP Christian Torres: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 3.73 ERA
3B Blaine Prescott: 1-3, triple, walk, .248/.296/.368
CF Leody Taveras: 1-3, walk, SB (11), .263/.308/.375

Prescott tripled and scored on a Yeyson Yrizarri single in the 7th.  The Dads had only three other hits.  Weickel was the 55th-overall pick in 2012 by the Padres but missed most of 2015-2016 after Tommy John surgery.  The Pads released him late this March, and Texas signed him a month later.

June has been Taveras's worst month by a fair margin (.238/.274/.313).  Long season. 

Day before: 7-2 victory, five innings with two runs and nine strikeouts for Kyle Cody, three scoreless from C.D. Pelham, two doubles by rookie OF Tanner Gardner. 

Short-A: at Spokane 6, Tri-City (SDG) 1
Record: 4-10, 6 GB

SP Cole Ragans: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 SO, 2.77 ERA
RP Reiver Sanmartin: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.61 ERA
2B Kole Enright: 1-3, HR (1), walk, .222/.255/.356
DH Curtis Terry: 2-3, .186/.239/.302

Ragans was unhittable, for good and ill.  He no-hit the Dust Devils for four innings and struck out six of 17 batters.  He also missed on exactly half of his 76 pitches and walked five.  In three starts, opponents are batting a bizarre .100/.308/.200 against him with 12 walks but only four hits and 17 strikeouts.  That's Mitch Williams territory.  Unlike Mitch, I expect Cole's control will improve. 

Spokane made the most of its six hits.  Kole Enright clubbed his first homer. 

Day before: 4-3 defeat, a double and single from both CF Miguel Aparicio and SS Charles Leblanc.

Rookie: Rangers 16, at Padres2 6
Record: 3-1, +1 G

SP Kenny Mendoza: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, 3.00 ERA
RP Chris Morris: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 13.50 ERA
RP Wes Robertson: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA
2B Yonny Hernandez: 2-4, double, 3 walks
SS Chris Seise: 2-4, walk
C Sam Huff: 2-6, double, HR (1), walk
DH Stephen Lohr: 3-5, double, 2 walks
3B Obie Ricumstrict: 3-6, double, SB (1)
LF Ryan Dorow: 3-6, triple

18 hits and 11 walks for the good guys, plus three errors, two wild pitches and a passed ball by the Padres.  Yonny Hernandez, 19, was one of Texas's marquee international signings during 2014 when the Rangers were restricted to maximum bonuses of $250,000 because of overspending the year before.  Also 19, Sam Huff was last year's 7th-rounder and can be counted on for substantial power. 

Bubba Thompson has missed the last two games, but fear not.  He just concentrating on Texas's strength and conditioning program for the moment, and he'll be back. 

Debuts: 18th-round righty Chris Morris, a 21-year-old out of Seton Hall, and undrafted 21-year-old righty Wes Robertson from Washington College in Maryland.  Robertson was a catcher for most of his career but transitioned to pitcher late in his team's spring season.  He owns a low-90s fastball that has touched 95.

Day before:  13-11 win, three hits from Seise and catcher Francisco Ventura, 2-5 with a double and SB from Tyreque Reed, two hits from Ricumstrict and LF Marcus Mark (including a homer from the latter).  7th-round 17-year-old Joel Urena tossed two scoreless, and righty Joseph Jarneski, 12-round Hawaiian and the youngest man on the roster, walked three and retired two.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Jake Skole received a 50-game suspension for a positive amphetamine test.  Indy Rockford released LHP Kasey Kiker (in mid-June, but I didn't know until last in the month).  Last fall, Skole enrolled at Georgia Tech (where he was committed when drafted by the Rangers) and intends to play football.  Kiker moved back to Alabama, started a family and became a firefighter.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Clayton Blackburn
AA: Pedro Payano
High-A: Brett Martin
Low-A: Edgar Arredondo
Short-A: Tyler Phillips
Rookie: off

Scott Lucas
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