The Farm Report -- 7/4/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 3 July
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 7, at Iowa (CHC) 12
Record: 39-45, 12.5 GB

SP James Dykstra: 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 9.00 ERA
2B Drew Robinson: 2-5, double
SS Jurickson Profar: 2-4, double, walk
3B Will Middlebrooks: 1-5, HR (17)
1B Brett Nicholas: 2-5, HR (7)
DH Ryan Rua: 2-4, walk

At some point, I'm going to calculate the aggregate stats of the starting pitchers (it's not readily available in the minors).  But not today.  While the Express did get their homer situation under control, they're still by far the most run-prone squad in seven years as a Texas affiliate. 

Middlebrooks' 17 homers are third-most in the non-mountainous half of the PCL, and he's played in only 42 games.  He hit 27 in 2013 between Boston and AAA Pawtucket.  But as I've said, I don't see any path to Arlington.

AA: at Frisco 4, Springfield (STL) 1
Record: 7-4, 1 GB

SP Collin Wiles: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO, 3.53 ERA
RP Connor Sadzeck: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 5.32 ERA
RP Ricardo Rodriguez: 1 IP, 0 R, 0.00 ERA
2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 2-3, walk, HBP
3B Juremi Profar: 3-3
SS Michael De Leon: 2-4

Wiles dealt seven scoreless innings for the second time this season and tied a career high with eight strikeouts.  Opponents are hitting .275/.303/.444 with a 17% strikeout rate and miniscule 3% walk rate.  Connor Sadzeck again couldn't complete an inning, missing on half of his 22 pitches, although he did strike out two of five batters.   

Not unexpectedly, Michael De Leon's nine homers in 2016 have proved to be a fluke.  Seven of them came in High Desert's home park.  He has one this season.  In any case, he's not going to reach the Majors with power.  That said, smooth as he is defensively, he'll need to improve on this season's .244/.281/.301.  Even bench infielders need to hit a little.  He's still just 20 years old. 

High-A: at Down East 7, Myrtle Beach (CHC) 11 (11)
Record: 6-5, 1.5 GB

SP Jeffrey Springs: 5 IP, 8 H (1 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 4.60 ERA
CF Matt Lipka: 1-5, HR (2)
DH Josh Morgan: 2-6, double, HR (5)
RF Yanio Perez: 0-3, 3 walks
3B Josh Altmann: 1-4, double, 2 walks

A tough one for a squad trying to improve on a very rough first half.  In his first game off the DL, Josh Morgan tied the game with an 8th-inning grand slam.  Given another opportunity in the 9th -- bases loaded, two out, still tied -- he couldn't deliver.  The struggling Tyler Ferguson pitched a strong 9th and 10th, but his attempt at a third scoreless inning was calamitous: four runs on four extra-base hits and an intentional walk. 

Low-A: Hickory 5, at West Virginia (PIT) 2
Record: 7-5, 2 GB

SP Kyle Cody: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 SO, 3.57 ERA
DH Blaine Prescott: 3-5, double
2B Anderson Tejeda: 1-3, walk, SB (7)

Big Kyle Cody is getting results to match his stuff.  Cody matched his career-high ten strikeouts and allowed a lone hit for the second time in three starts.  Opponents are hitting .230/.303/.342 against him.  Tejeda is hitting .222/.291/.364, not too much of a surprise even after his wonderful 2016.  He's young, sells out for power more than any Ranger I've seen (yes, anyone), and his plate discipline cratered in Spokane last summer even as he slugged .553.  We'll have to be patient.

Short-A: Spokane 5, at Boise (COL) 2
Record: 7-12, 4.5 GB

SP Reiver Sanmartin: 4.2 IP, 6 H (1 HR), 2 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2.40 ERA
RP Ismel Lopez: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 8 SO, 1.80 ERA
3B Andretty Cordero: 2-4, HR (3)

Reliever Ismel Lopez whiffed eight of 14 batters in relief.  I saw Lopez in March; the 22-year-old had a terrific changeup and not much else.  That alone can be enough to thrive in short-season ball.  Andretty Cordero's power is showing up in games in his first US assignment after three years in the DR.  He improved to .313/.352/.537. 

Rookie: at Rangers 6, Cubs 7
Record: 4-4, 1 GB

SP Domingo Pena: 4 IP, 4 H (2 HR), 3 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 9.00 ERA
2B Ryan Dorow: 2-3
SS Chris Seise: 2-5
DH Sam Huff: 2-4, double
C Matt Whatley: 2-4, triple

Sam Huff swatted his fourth extra-base hit in five games and is slugging .625.  Fellow catcher Matt Whatley improved to .353/.421/.471.  1st-rounder Chris Seise has played every game and is hitting .345/.457/.379.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Rookie league: "Top pick Lewis Brinson (.271/.352/.521) reached on two singles and a walk.  Nine of his 13 hits have been for extra bases.  Nomar Mazara (.220/.340/.317) walked twice and singled."

Today's Starters:
AAA: Clayton Blackburn
AA: Pedro Payano
High-A: Brett Martin
Low-A: Walker Weickel
Short-A: Cole Ragans
Rookie: off

Scott Lucas
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