The Farm Report -- 7/8/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 7 July
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 0, Col. Springs (MIL) 4
Record: 39-49, 15.5 GB

SP David Ledbetter: 5.1 IP, 7 H (1 HR), 4 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 4.22 ERA
RP RJ Alvarez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 5.46 ERA

Angel Ventura and his friends limited the Express to three hits.  Colorado Springs had three hits in the 1st, punctuated by a homer.  Ledbetter settled down afterwards, and RJ Alvarez threw strikes and retired six of seven batters.

AA: Frisco 6, at Tulsa (LAD) 3
Record: 8-7, 1 GB

SP Tyler Davis: 7 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1.38 ERA
RF Michael O'Neill: 3-5, double, HR (6), SB (7)
2B Andy Ibanez: 2-4, double
3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 2-5

Frisco batted around and scored five in the 9th, capped by Scott Heineman's bases-loaded two-run single.  Command specialist Tyler Davis had an 8.00 ERA in 36 high-A innings, but at his intermittent best he's as hard to hit as anyone in the system.   

High-A: at Down East 7, Buies Creek (HOU) 1
Record: 9-6, 0.5 GB

SP Richelson Pena: 8 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 1 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 2.90 ERA
RP Tyler Ferguson: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 10.54 ERA
2B Yeyson Yrizarri: 1-4, HR (1)
1B Carlos Garay: 3-4
C Chuck Moorman: 1-3, HR (3), walk
LF Ledarious Clark: 2-4, HR (8)

The Woodies' oft-lacking offense has scored four or more runs in six consecutive games and averaged a lofty 7.5.  Yeyson Yrizarri hit his first high-A homer and sixth of the year, while Ti'Quan Forbes hasn't enjoyed the same success, fanning five times in six at-bats.  Clark and Josh Altmann lead the team with eight homers.

Low-A: at Hickory 8, Delmarva (BAL) 2
Record: 10-6, 1 GB

SP Mike Matuella: 3 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 2 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, 5.91 ERA
RP Kaleb Fontenot: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 2.81 ERA
RP Christian Torres: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 3.32 ERA
2B Blaine Prescott: 2-4, double, HR (6), walk
CF Leody Taveras: 1-3, walk
C Ricardo Valencia: 2-3, double, walk

The runs off Matuella came in the 4th; a walk, two-run homer and his own error ended his night at 61 pitches, only 30 of which were strikes.  Kaleb Fontenot is fifth on the team in innings and second in strikeouts despite no starts.  He's been solid all year but especially so in the second half (.146/.186/.220, 0.75 ERA in 12 innings). 

Amarillo native Blaine Prescott homered for the third time in four days. 

Short-A: at Spokane 5, Hillsboro (COL) 6
Record: 8-15, 8 GB

SP Tyree Thompson: 5 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 2 R, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 4.95 ERA
RF Chad Smith: 2-4, 2 HR (2)
LF Tyler Ratliff: 2-4, 2 doubles
C Clayton Middleton: 1-3, HR (), walk

Yeeouch.  Up 5-3 in the 9th, Spokane's Josh Advocate was replaced after a leadoff double by Ismel Lopez, who missed on eight of nine pitches and walked the bases loaded.  Jacob Rogers then walked one in, after which a grounder through SS Jonah McReynold's wicket plated the tying and go-ahead runs.

Tyree Thompson was a bit wild, which is going to be a theme for this young rotation.  19-year-old Chad Smith homered twice, and Tyler Ratliff improved to .488/.523/.659 in ten professional games.

Rookie: Rangers 5, at Giants 14
Record: 6-5, tied for 1st

SP Demarcus Evans: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SO, 12.27 ERA
RP Ricky Vanasco: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Jean Casanova: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1.13 ERA
2B Yonny Hernandez: 1-1, 4 walks, SB (3)
3B Stephen Lohr: 2-5, double
SS Obie Ricumstrict: 2-4, walk

Demarcus Evans's rehab start needs a rehab start.  15th-round RHP Ricky Vanasco of Morriston, Florida, made his pro debut. 

Unless I missed an announcement, the Rangers didn't sign any other draft picks before yesterday's deadline.  The top unsigned pick is 21st-round 1B/OF Daniel Robert of Auburn.  Robert is a senior, so he's not going back to school (not as a ballplayer, at least).  Other unsigned picks, all considered tough signs, were draft-eligible Arkansas sophomore RHP Blaine Knight, high school pitcher Griff McGarry and high school catcher Spencer Smith.  By my estimation, the Rangers spent beyond their designated pool amount but not so much as to forfeit any future draft picks.  They left very little money on the table.  This list is correct aside from 22nd-rounder Kyle Keith, who did sign.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Rookies: "Lewis Brinson (.302/.362/.651) hit his second homer and singled, Nomar Mazara (.220/.375/.380) walked and homered for the first time professionally, and Joey Gallo (.298/.469/.787) clubbed his sixth and added a single and walk.  Ronald Guzman (.286/.354/.333) went 5-6 with a double."

Today's Starters:
AAA: Dykstra
AA: Wiles
High-A: Shortslef
Low-A: S. Mendez
Short-A: Tiedemann
Rookie: TBA

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