The Farm Report -- 7/3/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Sunday 2 July
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 8, at Iowa (CHC) 4
Record: 39-44, 11.5 GB

SP David Ledbetter: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.38 ERA
3B Drew Robinson: 2-5, double, .270/.375/.504
SS Jurickson Profar: 2-4, 2 doubles, walk, .299/.370/.438
C Brett Nicholas: 3-3, double, walk, HBP, .325/.368/.491
1B Ronald Guzman: 2-5, double, .316/.382/.478

Props to David Ledbetter (2013/3rd) for his longest and best start of the season.  Brett Nicholas's batting average is 36 points above his career high in a season, no small feat for an eight-year veteran.  Jurickson Profar is hitting .365/.429/.460 since returning to Round Rock,

AA: at Frisco 8, Springfield (STL) 4
Record: 6-4, 1 GB

SP Tyler Davis: 6 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.50 ERA
RF Luke Tendler: 2-3, 2 doubles, walk, .270/.321/.448
C Jose Trevino: 3-4, HR (4), .261/.301/.350

Hickory's Tyler Davis flew in to replace listed starter Yohander Mendez, who is now scheduled for a Wednesday start per the today's official game notes.  Davis doesn't throw hard, but at his best he'll hit his spots and take his chances. 

Jose Trevino hasn't drawn a walk in his last 43 plate appearances, but he's hitting .357 and slugging .500 in that span.  I guess I'd keep swinging, too.

High-A: at Down East 9, Myrtle Beach (CHC) 7
Record: 6-4, 0.5 GB

SP Jonathan Hernandez: 3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 6.00 ERA
RP Grant Zawadzki: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Adam Choplick: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4.28 ERA
1B Yanio Perez: 2-4, walk, .246/.292/.277
2B Luis La O: 2-5, triple, .286/.333/.424
3B Josh Altmann: 3-4, HBP, .224/.298/.370
RF Ledarious Clark: 2-3, HR (6), walk, .239/.333/.408

Jonathan Hernandez is still looking for his first ordinary start for Down East.  He's been roughed up three times and untouchable in two.  Adam Choplick has a 32% strikeout rate, which is outstanding, and a 15% walk rate, which isn't.  It's early for him, but Yanio Perez has found the Carolina League much tougher sledding after batting .322/.392/.533 for Hickory.

Low-A: Hickory 3, at West Virginia (PIT) 10
Record: 6-5, 2 GB

SP Sal Mendez: 4 IP, 12 H (1 HR), 9 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 5.72 ERA
RP CD Pelham: 3 IP, 1 H (1 HR), 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.17 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 2-4, .268/.321/.378
1B Carlos Garay: 2-4, HR (1), .340/.380/.401
C Ricardo Valencia: 2-3, walk, .253/.311/.364
SS Yeyson Yrizarri: 2-4, double, .256/.281/.378

16 of 26 Power batters reached safely against Sal Mendez.  Most of the damage against C.D. Pelham came in his first four outings.  In 17 since: 2.41 ERA in 33.2 innings, 13 walks, 40 strikeouts, .215/.293/.338 opposing line.  So far, Yrizarri is essentially repeating 2016, when he batted .269/.292/.389 for these same Crawdads.

Short-A: Spokane 13, at Boise (COL) 6
Record: 6-12, 5 GB

SP Tai Tiedemann: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.92 ERA
CF Kobie Taylor: 2-6, triple, .196/.226/.412
1B Curtis Terry: 3-5, double, SB (2), .281/.317/.509
2B Cristian Inoa: 2-4, double, HR (1), walk, .208/.286/.354

A career game for Tai Tiedemann, last year's 8th-rounder out of Long Beach State.  Cristian Inoa celebrated his upcoming 18th birthday as one does, by hitting a grand slam.  His teammates erupted for seven additional extra-base hits. 

Rookie: Rangers 1, at Angels 5
Record: 4-3, 1 GB

SP Demarcus Evans: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Derek Heffel: 3.1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
LF Tyler Ratliff: 2-4, double

A rehabbing Demarcus Evans handled LAA's rookies with ease, but for once the Rangers' bats were quiet.  Tyler Ratliff improved to .560/.577/.720.  As a 21-year-old, he's the type who might have been assigned to Spokane from the get-go had this year's draft not been pushed forward.  Right now, I don't see a spot for him in high-A, at least not at his usual 3B spot, what with Andretty Cordero and Charles Leblanc splitting time there.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Ronald Guzman walked off a winner with a two-run single after the Cubs intentionally walked Nick Williams.  Frisco's Mike Olt hit his seventh homer in nine games.

Today's Starters:
AAA: James Dykstra
AA: Collin Wiles
High-A: Jeffrey Springs
Low-A: Kyle Cody
Short-A: Luis Lopez
Rookie: TBA

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