The Farm Report -- 7/14/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 13 July
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 2, at Memphis (STL) 6
Record: 41-50, 16.5 GB

SP Tyler Wagner: 6 IP, 7 H (1 HR), 3 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, 7.28 ERA

The Express had three hits.  Further affiant sayeth naught.

AA: at Frisco 1, San Antonio (SDG) 6
Record: 9-11, 4 GB
Video Recap

SP Tyler Davis: 6 IP, 11 H (1 HR), 5 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.32 ERA
RP Joe Filomeno: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 8.55 ERA
1B Royce Bolinger: 1-3, HR (7), .260/.320/.346

Tyler Davis will change speeds and (usually) hit his spots, but sometimes he's going to allow a lot of hits.  Royce Bolinger's high shot to left was the highlight of a televised game.  Two more will appear on Fox Sports Southwest: Sunday August 6 and Sunday August 20 at 7pm CDT. 

High-A: Down East 6, at Carolina (MIL) 3
Record: 10-10, 4.5 GB

SP Wes Benjamin: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 4.44 ERA
RP Steven Bruce: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 SO, 5.93 ERA
RP Adam Choplick: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.93 ERA
CF Matt Lipka: 3-5, HR (6), SB (11), .271/.320/.497
SS Josh Morgan: 3-4, double, .271/.316/.425
C Carlos Garay: 2-4, walk, .343/.420/.374

Rain truncated Wes Benjamin's outing to two innings, after which Steven Bruce picked up where Benjamin left off.  Morgan's .316 OBP is a career low.  The same applies to his batting average, but I'd attribute that to the pitcher-friendly environment as much as anything else.  What's really missing are the walks; he's dropped from an 11% rate in 2015 to 8% last year to 5% in Kinston.  Still, he's having a pretty good year at the plate and continuing to catch sporadically.

Low-A: Hickory 4, at Asheville (COL) 9
Record: 12-9, tied for 1st

SP Reid Anderson: 4 IP, 11 H (1 HR), 7 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5.82 ERA
RP Kaleb Fontenot: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 SO, 2.65 ERA
RP Jairo Beras: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.93 ERA
DH Alex Kowalczyk: 2-4, HBP, .333/.396/.525
SS Anderson Tejeda: 3-4, 2 doubles, .235/.298/.375
LF Eric Jenkins: 1-4, HR (1), .204/.273/.306

Reid Anderson left with none out and the bases loaded in the 4th.  Kaleb Fontenot then retired three in order, but three runs scored on a wild pitch, groundout and another wild pitch.  Such is life in the low minors.  2015 2nd-rounder Eric Jenkins hit his first homer.  He's unlikely to match last year's eight, but in general he's hewing closely to last year's .221/.279/.330 at the same level. 

Short-A: Spokane 3, at Vancouver (TOR) 5
Record: 11-17, 6 GB

SP Alex Speas: 2 IP, 6 H (1 HR), 5 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 9.00 ERA
RP Joe Barlow: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2.51 ERA
RP Argenis Rodriguez: 3 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 7.24 ERA
CF Miguel Aparicio: 2-4, .283/.311/.374
3B Tyler Ratliff: 3-4, double, .385/.448/.692
1B Andretty Cordero: 1-4, HR (7), .304/.343/.588

Alex Speas expended 56 pitches in two innings as the Canadians staged a party at his expense. 

Here's who Andretty Cordero is chasing in the form of everyone with ten or more homers in Spokane since 2005:

Ian Gac, 17 (2007)
Chris Davis, 15 (2006)
Freddie Thon, 12 (2005)
Lizahio Baez, 11 (2005)
John Mayberry, 11 (2005)
Chad Tracy, 11 (2006)
Jonathan Greene, 11 (2007)
Luke Tendler, 11 (2014)
Jared Hoying, 10 (2010)
Miguel Velazquez, 10 (2009)

Gac was already in his fifth year as a professional during his heroics with Spokane.  He was never much of a prospect but always good for 15 homers a season, often more, and he never had trouble finding employment.  In his final year, he batted .331/.415/.537 for the indy St. Paul Saints in 2015.

Rookie: at Rangers 8, Mariners 4
Record: 8-7, tied for 1st

SP Hans Crouse: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
CF Bubba Thompson: 0-3, .231/.333/.308
C Sam Huff: 2-3, double, HR (5), 2 walks, .308/.400/.731
1B Tyreque Reed: 3-5, HR (1), .326/.396/.565
DH Justin Jacobs: 2-4, walk, .500/.604/.667

1st-rounder Bubba Thompson returned to action.  He missed some time with a sore knee per a local report.  2nd-round righty Hans Crouse has yet to be bothered in three outings.  Undrafted Justin Jacobs is hitting like Tyler Ratliff did with the rookies.  The 21-year-old played college ball at Gonzaga in a park three miles west of Spokane's Avista Stadium.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Rookie-leaguer Joey Gallo hit his ninth homer and improved his slugging percentage to .911.  Frisco's Jurickson Profar went 3-4 in his first pro start at 3B. 

Today's Starters:
AAA: Nick Martinez
AA: Collin Wiles
High-A: Richelson Pena
Low-A: Mike Matuella
Short-A: Tyree Thompson
Rookie: TBD

Scott Lucas
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