The Farm Report -- 7/30/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 29 July
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 9, El Paso (SDG) 2
Record: 48-59, 22.5 GB

SP A.J. Griffin: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 10.80 ERA
RP Jimmy Reyes: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.42 ERA
RP Tanner Scheppers: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 6.11 ERA
RF Drew Stubbs: 3-5, double, triple
LF Travis Snider: 1-3, HR (7), 2 walks
SS Jurickson Profar: 2-5, HR (4)
1B Ronald Guzman: 2-4, walk
CF Jared Hoying: 2-4, triple

The offense read Dillon Overton well (5 IP, 11 H, 8 R). Guzman hit two opposite-field singles and would have had a second walk if not for a generous call on a 3-0 pitch. He saw 30 pitches in his five plate appearances. Hoying could have been 4-4 if not for two great plays by 2B Diego Goris. Profar hit a majestic shot off Logan Bawcom.

A.J. Griffin's upper-60s curve was especially effective in his two scoreless innings.

AA: Frisco 2, at San Antonio (SDG) 1
Record: 16-20, 4 GB

SP Collin Wiles: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 4 SO, 4.09 ERA
RP Reed Garrett: 1 IP, 0 R, 5.75 ERA
RP Ricardo Rodriguez: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 1.50 ERA
RF Luke Tendler: 1-3, walk

Wiles completed a rough July with one of his best starts of the season. After a 1st-inning sac fly, Wiles didn't allow another runner until the 6th. He's lasted seven innings in six of 20 starts, an impressive proportion in AA and always with fewer than 100 pitches. Garrett and Rodriguez were perfect in relief.

Frisco also scored everything from the get-go: Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached on an error to lead off the game, Andy Ibanez doubled him in, and Luke Tendler singled Ibanez home. Unlike the Missions, Frisco had at least one baserunner in every inning save the 7th but couldn't add to the lead.

High-A: at Down East 1, Buies Creek (HOU) 4
Record: 17-19, 7 GB

SP Steven Bruce: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 2 SO, 7.27 ERA
RP Grant Zawadzki: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1.37 ERA
RP Jeff Springs: 2 IP, 0 R, 4 SO, 4.45 ERA
3B Yanio Perez: 1-3, walk
LF Josh Altmann: 2-3, double

Entering the 2nd inning, Flower Mound native Steven Bruce had walked only 12 in 56 pro innings. Then he walked five of his next nine batters. Grant Zawadzki and Jeffrey Springs (working in relief lately) shut down the Astros in hopes of a rally that was not forthcoming. Yanio Perez started at 3B for the first time in high-A. He's spent most of his time in right field.

Low-A: Hickory 0, at Lakewood (PHI) 2
Record: 19-16, 2 GB

SP Demarcus Evans: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 SO, 5.02 ERA
RP Sal Mendez: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4.77 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 2-4

Two walks and two doubles off Demarcus Evans plated two, and that would conclude the scoring. Sal Mendez matched a season-high six innings.  Hickory never put a runner in scoring position.

Short-A: Spokane 12, at Everett (SEA) 8
Record: 5-1, +2 G

SP Cole Ragans: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.22 ERA
CF Miguel Aparicio: 2-4, HR (1), walk
2B Yonny Hernandez: 1-3, double, walk, SB (4)
1B Tyler Ratliff: 3-3, HR (4), 2 walks
C Melvin Novoa: 3-5, double
SS Cristian Inoa: 2-4, SB (2)
LF Kobie Taylor: 3-5, double

Just one of those nights for Cole Ragans, who allowed the most hits and runs of his career. He retired his first four in order, after which eight of 11 balls in play went for hits.

Spokane put up crooked numbers in five innings and registered 16 hits. Miguel Aparicio has a ten-game hit streak. Unfortunately, Melvin Novoa pulled up stretching for second in his final at-bat and was replaced.

Rookie: wet
Record: 13-13, 3 GB

The first half is over. The Padres have two squads, and the Rangers walloped both early on, after which I suggested the Pads might be overmatched by being split up in this fashion. Well, they both finished with better records than the Rangers (15-12 and 15-13).

Five Years Ago Yesterday
I mentioned that nominal Myrtle Beach starter Kyle Hendricks was skipped, and not because of injury. Connor Sadzeck and three Hickory relievers combined on a one-hit shutout.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Anthony Bass
AA: Pedro Payano
High-A: Emerson Martinez
Low-A: Kyle Cody
Short-A: Tyler Philiips
Rookie: off

Scott Lucas
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Scott Lucas

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