The Farm Report -- 7/15/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 14 July
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 1, at Memphis (STL) 2
Record: 41-51, 17.5 GB

SP Nick Martinez: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4.12 ERA

Martinez faced two over the minimum through six.  Afterwards, Ernesto Frieri escaped his own two-on, none-out situation, Joely Rodriguez surrendered a game-tying homer in the 8th, and R.J. Alvarez yielded a leadoff double and game-ending single.  The Express barely hit any better than the day before.

AA: at Frisco 6, San Antonio (SDG) 8
Record: 9-12, 5 GB

SP Collin Wiles: 5 IP, 7 H (1 HR), 6 R, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 3 SO, 3.98 ERA
RP Reed Garrett: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 6.31 ERA
LF Scott Heineman: 2-4, double
C Jose Trevino: 2-4, double, HR (5)
DH Juremi Profar: 3-4, HR (9)

Wiles never had a clean inning and put on an unusually high four runners by walk or HBP.  Scott Heineman's on-base streak now stands at one.  Jose Trevino hasn't drawn a walk in the second half but is hitting .352 with a .519 slugging percentage.  Juremi Profar seems a good bet to replicate last year's 13 homer in much hitter-friendlier High Desert.

High-A: Down East 4, at Carolina (MIL) 2
Record: 11-10, 3.5 GB

SP Richelson Pena: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 2.91 ERA
RP Jacob Shortslef: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 5.61 ERA
RP Adam Choplick: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 3.82 ERA
1B Yanio Perez: 1-2, double, walk, HBP
2B Luis La O: 1-4, HR (8)
3B Ti'Quan Forbes: 1-3, walk
Adam Choplick has pitched on consecutive days, a true rarity in the lower minors.  I certainly don't think he's Arlington-bound, not by a long shot, but I'd say it indicates the Rangers' fondness of him as well as willingness to subvert tradition to avoid a repeat of Down East's miserable first half.  Last night was Ti'Quan Forbes' first time to reach twice in a high-A game and first time to avoid striking out. 

Low-A: Hickory 6, at Asheville (COL) 4
Record: 13-9, +1 G

SP Mike Matuella: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 5.11 ERA
RP C.D. Pelham: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 3.83 ERA
2B Blaine Prescott: 2-4, 2 doubles, walk
CF Leody Taveras: 1-4, double, walk
DH Alex Kowalczyk: 2-5, double

One can't really get down on Matuella's performances -- just a healthy season means success -- but he's been roughed up a few times.  Last night, he offered his most promising outing in the hitter's paradise of Asheville, lasting a career-best five innings on just 57 pitches.  C.D. Pelham continues to pitch well in meaningful situations. 

Hickory's first four batters (Prescott, Brallan Perez, Taveras, Kowalczyk) reached and scored in the 1st.

Short-A: Spokane 3, at Vancouver (TOR) 4 (12)
Record: 11-18, 7 GB

SP Tyree Thompson: 4 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.50 ERA
RP Ismel Lopez: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 2.57 ERA
C Matt Whatley: 2-5, walk
DH Melvin Novoa: 2-5, HR (3)
SS Cristian Inoa: 2-5, triple

Novoa's homer tied the game in the 9th.  Spokane fended off Vancouver's leadoff doubles in the 9th and 10th but not the 12th.   Inoa returned after a week off.  Toronto 1st-round SS Logan Warmoth was 4-6, easily his best pro game to date.

Rookie: Rangers 7, at Athletics 4
Record: 9-7, tied for 1st

SP A.J. Griffin: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Hever Bueno: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, 5.73 ERA
SS Chris Seise: 3-5, triple, SB (2)
1B Tyreque Reed: 1-3, HR (2), 2 walks
CF Starling Joseph: 1-4, HR (2)
LF Marcus Mack: 1-3, walk, 2 SB (6)

Anthony Bass (2 IP, 1 R) also rehabbed with the rookies.  The hulking Reed has eight extra-base hits in 13 games, two behind Sam Huff's team-leading ten.  2016 18th-rounder Marcus Mack hasn't hit much (.156/.283/.244) but has six steals in 12 games.  He's a Houston native, still just 18.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Hickory's Connor Sadzeck pitched 5.2 no-hit innings, six in total, and faced two over the minimum.  Rookie Joey Gallo (.339/.524/.932) doubled twice and walked.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Clayton Blackburn
AA: Pedro Payano
High-A: Jonathan Hernandez
Low-A: Sal Mendez
Short-A: Tai Tiedemann
Rookie: off

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