The Farm Report -- 7/9/2017

The Rangers did indeed sign one more draft pick: 36th-round RHP William Jeffry out of Puerto Rico.  All told, Texas signed 25 of their 41 picks including everyone in the top 20 rounds.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 8 July
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 10, Col. Springs (MIL) 9
Record: 40-49, 14.5 GB

SP Tanner Scheppers: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 5.00 ERA
RP Sam Wolff: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1.29 ERA
CF Drew Stubbs: 2-5, double, HR (7)
C Brett Nicholas: 2-5, 2 doubles
1B Ronald Guzman: 2-4, double, walk
LF Travis Snider: 2-3, 2 walks
RF Preston Beck: 1-4, double, walk
SS Doug Bernier: 1-3, walk

The Express trailed 7-2 in the 6th, took the lead, lost it, and regained it for good on Doug Bernier's game-ending sac fly that scored Ronald Guzman, who had doubled.  Guzman is hitting .343/.414/.540 against righties.

Tanner Scheppers started instead of James Dykstra and threw a season-high 58 pitches.  Round Rock had a three-day break after tonight.

AA: Frisco 4, at Springfield (STL) 11
Record: 8-8, 1 GB

SP Collin Wiles: 5 IP, 8 H (1 HR), 4 R, 4 BB, 1 SO, 3.72 ERA
1B Eric Aguilera: 2-4, double, HR (7)

Wiles walked four batters for the first time in nearly a year.  In 16 previous starts, he'd walked a total of 13.  Springfield also drew walks and homered off Clayton Cook (0.2 IP, 3 R) and Joe Filomeno (1.1 IP, 4 R). 

High-A: at Down East 1, Buies Creek (HOU) 3
Record: 9-7, 1.5 GB

SP Jacob Shortslef: 4 IP, 4 H (2 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 5.88 ERA
RP Peter Fairbanks: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
RF Yanio Perez: 2-4

Neither side had a hit with runners in scoring position.  The Astros didn't need one, scoring everything early on two homers.   

Low-A: at Hickory 3, Delmarva (BAL) 5
Record: 10-7, 1.5 GB

SP Sal Mendez: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 5.40 ERA
RP Jairo Beras: 0.2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, HBP, 1 SO, 2.45 ERA
RP C.D. Pelham: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.92 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 2-4, SB (13)
DH Alex Kowalczyk: 1-2, double, 2 walks
1B Tanner Gardner: 1-3, double, walk
3B Charles Leblanc: 3-4, double

C.D. Pelham since the end of May: 16.2 IP, 6 BB, 19 SO, 1.62 ERA, .143/.246/.286 opposing line. The wild version of Pelham is "intriguing."  The controlled version is a prospect.  Gardner (.245/.327/.388) is justifying Texas's decision to assign him to full-season ball straight out of college. 

Short-A: at Spokane 10, Hillsboro (ARI) 9
Record: 9-15, 8 GB

SP Luis Lopez: 1.1 IP, 8 H (1 HR), 7 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 9.24 ERA
RP Ronny Carvajal: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9.82 ERA
RP Tai Tiedemann: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 3.12 ERA
CF Miguel Aparicio: 3-5, double
3B Tyler Ratliff: 1-4, HR (1), walk
1B Andretty Cordero: 1-4, HR (4)
C Melvin Novoa: 1-3, HR (2), walk

Another comeback!  Down two in the 9th, Spokane clawed one back on consecutive singles by Jonah McReynolds, Miguel Aparicio and Chad Smith.  Aparicio then scored the tying run on a stolen base / error sequence, and after Andretty Cordero was hit by a pitch, Clayton Middleton singled to right to plate Smith.

Ratliff is reminding me of Down East OF Ledarious Clark, who began his pro career by reaching in 19 consecutive games and hitting .436/.500/.731.  Ratliff didn't reach safely in his fourth pro game but has a .556 OBP in his other ten.  Prior to the draft, he batted .295/.368/.552 as a junior for Marshall. 

Nominal starter Tiedemann entered in the 5th and closed it out. 

Spokane wore special uniforms to promote awareness and protection of the dwindling Redband Trout population.

Rookie: at Rangers 5, Mariners 4
Record: 7-5, tied for 1st

SP Israel Cruz: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 4 SO, 15.19 ERA
RP Derek Heffel: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA
3B Yonny Hernandez: 2-3, double, walk, 2 SB (5)
LF Justin Jacobs: 2-3, double, walk
1B Tyreque Reed: 2-4, double, triple

Yet another comeback! The Rangers scored three in the bottom of the 8th, punctuated by Tyreque Reed's two-run triple after the M's intentionally walked the go-ahead run aboard in the form of Sam Huff.  (IBBs are exceptionally rare in rookie ball: 1 per 661 batters so far this season.)  Reed, who's going to advance as far as his bat takes him, is hitting .303/.385/.485 in nine games.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
The 2012 Express limped into the All-Star Break with a worse record than the current edition: 39-52.  They'd finish the season a sold 30-23.  May this year's do the same.  Myrtle Beach's Brett Nicholas hit a game-tying home in the 9th, and Christian Villanueva doubled in Hanser Alberto with the winner.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Martinez
AA: Payano
High-A: Springs
Low-A: Cody
Short-A: Sanmartin
Rookie: off

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