The Farm Report -- 7/13/2017

Sorry for the delay.  My email was compromised by Russian hackers.  (Really.)

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 12 July

Box Scores

AAA: Pacific Coast League, 6 International League 4

SP Jimmy Reyes: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1.00 ERA

I didn't know Reyes had replaced Brett Nicholas on the squad until after Tuesday's report.  He pitched the 7th.  Jorge Alfaro was 0-2 for the IL, and Tomas Telis was hitless in one at-bat for the PCL.

AA: at Frisco 1, San Antonio (SDG) 5
Record: 9-10, 3 GB

SP Ariel Jurado: 6 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 4.57 ERA
RP Connor Sadzeck: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6.00 ERA
2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 3-4, double, .289/.366/.399
DH Luke Tendler: 2-2, HR (10), 2 walks, .283/.339/.473

An unusual night for Ariel Jurado; only 11 of 27 balls in play were grounders, and four became hits.  Connor Sadzeck worked his first scoreless inning in five tries.  Luke Tendler is batting .380/.441/.696 during the past month.  Scott Heineman's on-base streak ended at 25 games.

High-A: Down East 3, at Carolina (MIL) 7
Record: 9-10, 4.5 GB

SP Brett Martin: 5 IP, 7 H (2 HR), 5 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 5.31 ERA
2B Yeyson Yrizarri: 1-4, HR (2), .240/.276/.560
DH Evan Van Hoosier: 2-3, walk, .222/.276/.407

I watched intermittently on and could make the argument that Martin pitched better than his line suggests.  On the other hand, the mistakes were pounded.  Earlier in the game, Yeyson Yrizarri struck out on an eye-high 3-2 fastball from ex-Ranger Marcos Diplan with two on and two out.  Later, he drove another fastball over the fence.  There's some real pop in that bat if he could just figure out when to swing.  Down East couldn't take better advantage of Diplan, who walked five in six innings and found himself in frequent trouble.

Low-A: Hickory 4, at Asheville (COL) 8
Record: 12-8, tied for 1st

SP Edgar Arredondo: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 9 SO, 4.25 ERA
DH Alex Kowalczyk: 1-4, HR (7), .329/.390/.525
1B Tanner Gardner: 2-4, .246/.317/.368
C Yohel Pozo: 2-4, .214/.267/.214

Kowalczyk has seven homers in 44 games.  He's a part-time catcher who's earned extra game action with his bat. 

Short-A: Spokane 6, at Vancouver (TOR) 4
Record: 11-16, 5 GB

SP Tyler Phillips: 4 IP, 7 H (1 HR), 4 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 5.63 ERA
RP Noah Bremer: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Alex Eubanks: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
RF Chad Smith: 1-3, 2 walks, .291/.344/.465
3B Tyler Ratliff: 2-3, double, 2 walks, .318/.400/.636
2B Kole Enright: 2-4, .209/.269/.279

After the Canadians plated four in the 4th, four relievers combined to one-hit them for the duration: the two listed above plus Lucas Jacobsen (1.1 IP, 2 SO) and Samir Vivas (0.2 IP).  Smith's overall line suddenly looks really nice thanks to hitting .375/.423/.667 over the last six games.  Tyler Ratliff hasn't had any trouble since the move up from rookie ball.

Rookie: Rangers 9, at Mariners 10
Record: 7-7, 1 GB

SP Demarcus Evans: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 11.12 ERA
RP Joel Urena: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.29 ERA
SS Chris Seise: 2-5, walk, .356/.424/.441
RF Obie Ricumstrict: 2-5, walk, SB (3), .304/.382/.370
DH Sam Huff: 1-5, HR (4), walk, .286/.364/.653
1B Tyreque Reed: 1-4, triple, walk, SB (2), .293/.375/.488
LF Justin Jacobs: 2-2, 3 walks, .500/.605/.688
C Francisco Ventura: 3-5, double, .333/.360/.375

Demarcus Evans' rehab outings continue to be wild affairs.  Massive 7th-round lefty Joel Urena has been solid.  He's 17, 6'5" and 235 pounds.  The hitter went crazy.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Spokane was undergoing one of the worst stretches I've seen from any team (8-18 and looking every bit of it, last in most offensive categories, shockingly error-prone), and the local paper got a choice quote from manager Tim Hulett: "If I were them I would be (discouraged). This game is a tough game and there are a lot of guys that go through the system, and next year there are 50 new guys, and as much as we say we don’t always look at numbers, they do have something to do with it. If you’re a first-round draft choice, you’re probably going to be OK – but last time I looked we don’t have any first-round draft choices. You have to make an impression.”

To date, the only batter to play regularly in Spokane and reach MLB is Ryan Rua.  OFs Preston Beck and Royce Bolinger are still in the system.  Joey Gallo was a late-season addition. 

Today's Starters:
AAA: Tyler Wagner
AA: Tyler Davis
High-A: Wes Benjamin
Low-A: Reid Anderson
Short-A: Alex Speas
Rookie: TBA

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