The Farm Report -- 7/7/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 6 July
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 4, Memphis (STL) 7
Record: 39-48, 15.5 GB

SP Jimmy Reyes: 5 IP, 7 H (3 HR), 7 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, 4.63 ERA
RP Joely Rodriguez: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 6.10 ERA
CF Jared Hoying: 2-5, double, .257/.341/.455
C Brett Nicholas: 2-4, .326/.369/.496
1B Ronald Guzman: 3-4, double, .317/.380/.475

Until recently, 28-year-old Jimmy Reyes had never been part of a rotation, only making the occasional spot-start over the course of his career.  But with Anthony Bass, Tyler Wagner and Allen Webster shelved, the Express have to get innings where they can.  "Waived by the Phillies" isn't something you'd want on your resume, but Joely Rodriguez showed why the Rangers put in a claim, dealing a mid-90s fastball en route to two scoreless, walk-free innings.

Don't blame Ronald Guzman for Round Rock's poor showing against division-leading Memphis: he's batting .405 with three doubles and a homer in 11 games against the Redbirds.

AA: Frisco 7, at Tulsa (LAD) 8
Record: 7-7, 2 GB

SP Ariel Jurado: 6 IP, 8 H (2 HR), 6 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.39 ERA
RP Connor Sadzeck: 2 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 2 R, 3 SO, 5.42 ERA
3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 0-2, 2 walks, SB (10), HBP, .282/.362/.395
C Jose Trevino: 2-5, double, .264/.301/.352
2B Luis Marte: 2-4, HR (3), .239/.265/.380
SS Michael De Leon: 3-4, double, .248/.284/.307

In what's become a trend, lefties homered twice off Jurado.  They're hitting .338/.380/.547 with a 10% strikeout rate against him this season, compared to .261/.326/.389 and a 19% K rate for righties. 

Jose Trevino is .342/.355/.479 in 19 games since that seven-game hitless streak entering June.  Luis Marte hit his second homer in three days.  If only he walked a little.  In the upper minors, he's drawn 13 in 203 games, and his career OBP is .266.

High-A: Down East 11, at Winston-Salem (CHW) 7
Record: 8-6, 1.5 GB

SP Steven Bruce: 5 IP, 2 H (1 HR), 2 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 8.68 ERA
RP Grant Zawadzki: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 SO, 0.00 ERA
CF Matt Lipka: 2-6, double, HR (4), .265/.318/.453
SS Yeyson Yrizarri: 2-2, double, 2 HBP
1B Carlos Garay: 2-5, double
LF Ledarious Clark: 1-5, HR (7), .244/.336/.421
3B Josh Altmann: 2-3, HR (8), 2 walks, .227/.310/.383

Undrafted Steven Bruce pitched well in his first professional start.  The 25-year-old made a handful of appearances earlier this season in Kinston.  I think he's the only player out of Florida's Keiser University to play affiliated ball.  Bruce also pitched at Flower Mound High. 

Opposing starter Alec Hansen has a good track record but looked very hittable in his third high-A start, and the Woodies took advantage.  Clark and Lipka both took him deep in the 4th, and Lipka also doubled.  Yrizarri reached four times and hit a sac fly his other time up. 

Low-A: at Hickory 5, Kannapolis (CHW) 7
Record: 9-6, 2 GB

SP Reid Anderson: 5.2 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 5.23 ERA
RP Joseph Kuzia: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 3 SO, 13.50 ERA
LF Eric Jenkins: 2-5, SB (6), .208/.283/.296
SS Anderson Tejeda: 2-3, double, .229/.293/.369
3B Charles Leblanc: 1-3, walk

After a couple of early singles, Reid Anderson retired 16 in a row, and then a walk-single-homer sequence ended his night on the sourest of notes.  Kannapolis scored four more off Nick Dignacco the next inning.  Charles Leblanc and catcher Yohel Pozo (1-4) made their low-A debuts.

Baseball America updated its Top 100 prospects and the only Ranger is #34 Leody Taveras, up from #47 before the season began.  

Short-A: at Spokane 2, Hillsboro (COL) 1
Record: 8-14, 7 GB

SP Alex Speas: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, 6.92 ERA
RP Joe Barlow: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 3.18 ERA
RP Noah Bremer: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Alex Eubanks: 1 IP, 0 R, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA

Speas retired his first 11 in order.  The 5th was messier, as two walks (the second of which was originally ruled catcher's interference and then changed) loaded the bases with none out.  Speas retired the next two unscathed, but a walk by reliever Joe Barlow plated a run that accrued to Speas.  Opponents are hitting .188/.310/.417 against him.  Noah Bremer (6th round, Washington) and Alex Eubanks (14th, Clemson) made their Spokane debuts in a high-leverage situation.  Eubanks fanned the side swinging. 

CF Miguel Aparicio, RF Chad Smith, 3B Tyler Ratliff and DH Curtis Terry all hit doubles.

Rookie: Rangers 5, at Royals 4
Record: 6-4, +1 G

SP Ryan Dease: 2 IP, 5 H (2 HR), 3 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 9.00 ERA
RP Hans Crouse: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Kyle Keith: 1 IP, 0 R, 0.00 ERA
2B Yonny Hernandez: 1-3, 2 walks, .290/.436/.387
SS Chris Seise: 2-5, .400/.478/.475
3B Obie Ricumstrict: 1-3, walk, .310/.389/.414
CF Starling Joseph: 2-4, double, triple, SB (1), .324/.361/.706

The Rangers scored three in the top of the 9th and gave one back in the bottom half.  2nd-rounder Hans Crouse walked and whiffed two in two no-hit innings.  22-year-old, 22nd-round RHP Kyle Keith of Oregon's Lane Community College debuted.  Starling Joseph is 18, part of the money-restricted 2014 international class that includes Anderson Tejeda and teammate Yonny Hernandez.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Neil Ramirez shut out the Cardinals for four innings, Hickory's Nick Martinez did the same to the Shorebirds over five, and Myrtle Beach's Wilmer Font carried a no-hitter into the 6th.

Today's Starters:
AA: Tyler Davis
High-A: Jacob Shortslef
Low-A: Mike Matuella
Short-A: Tyree Thompson
Rookie: TBA

Scott Lucas
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Scott Lucas

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