The Farm Report -- 7/31/2017

True story: a week or two ago I taught my three-year-old daughter Eric Nadel's "that ball is history" call. When I clapped upon seeing Beltre's 3,000th hit, that's what she said. No truer and better words.

And since I can't leave my daughter at day care overnight, I'll have to offer my thoughts on the trades tomorrow.

Texas did announce that 2B/OF Willie Calhoun would head to Round Rock, while RHP A.J. Alexy will report to low-A Hickory. IF Brendon Davis had been promoted to high-A just a ten days ago but will join Alexy in Hickory. RHP Tayler Scott (yes, it's "Tayler"), the return for Jeremy Jeffress, will make his AAA debut with the Express.

Also, Texas recalled RHP Clayton Blackburn and OF Ryan Rua from Round Rock. Texas acquired Blackburn for IF Frandy de la Rosa in April. He spent a few days with the Giants last year but did not take the mound. Blackburn's Round Rock ERA is an uninviting 4.94, but I've seen him look much better than that on occasion. He's a 5th starter / long reliever type.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Sunday 30 July

Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 7, El Paso (SDG) 3
Record: 49-59, 21.5 GB

SP Anthony Bass: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 4.50 ERA
CF Jared Hoying: 1-3, 2 walks
RF Drew Stubbs: 1-3, 2 walks
C A.J. Jimenez: 3-4, double, HR (5)
SS Pete Kozma: 3-4, double
2B Doug Bernier: 1-2, double, 2 walks

Round Rock has the offense to win most nights with decent starting pitching, which has been sorely lacking in 2017. The Express already had A.J. Jimenez and Brett Hayes on the roster, so Brett Nicholas's seemingly permanent ascension to Arlington doesn't create need for another catcher. If Texas continues to employ Willie Calhoun as a second baseman, vet Doug Bernier would appear to suffer the greatest reduction in playing time.

AA: Frisco 5, at San Antonio (SDG) 7
Record: 16-21, 5 GB

SP Pedro Payano: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 6 SO, 4.24 ERA
RP Connor Sadzeck: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 6.39 ERA
2B Andy Ibanez: 1-3, HR (7)
C Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 2-4, double
DH Luke Tendler: 1-4, HR (11)

Just over a month ago, I suggested Connor Sadzeck could help the Rangers in August. That's not happening without a dramatic reversal of fortune. In relief, Sadzeck has a 12.81 ERA and peripherals to match: .412/.481/.662 with a modest 14% strikeout rate. Lots of contact, lots of it hard. Pedro Payano hit a batter, per custom, but otherwise offered his best AA start to date.

High-A: at Down East 6, Buies Creek (HOU) 5
Record: 18-19, 6 GB

SP Emerson Martinez: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 SO, 4.62 ERA
RP Scott Williams: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 0.88 ERA
SS Ti'Quan Forbes: 2-3, double, walk
2B Evan Van Hoosier: 1-1, 3 walks, SB (4)
LF Josh Altmann: 2-3, walk

The Woodies took three of four from the division leader. Scott Williams' last 13 appearances: 16.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 18 SO. Ti'Quan Forbes has started three of the last five games at shortstop, a position he'd barely seen since his 2014 rookie campaign (and not much even then).

Low-A: Hickory 4, at Lakewood (PHI) 3
Record: 20-16, 1 GB

SP Kyle Cody: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 11 SO, 2.83 ERA
RP C.D. Pelham: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 3.44 ERA
2B Blaine Prescott: 2-4, SB (3), HBP
SS Anderson Tejeda: 1-4, triple
C Yohel Pozo: 3-4, double

Down a run in the 9th with two out and none on, Charles Leblanc walked, Anderson Tejeda tripled him home and scored the go-ahead on a Yohel Pozo single. Pozo also doubled and scored in the 8th.

A quirky day for Kyle Cody, who plowed through 98 pitches in under five innings, his shortest outing since May, but managed to whiff a career-best 11. He's been no worse than pretty good, often outstanding, in seven straight outings (0.82 ERA, .142/.215/.169 opposing line).

Short-A: Spokane 6, at Everett (SEA) 5
Record: 6-1, +2 G

SP Tyler Phillips: 5 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 2 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.05 ERA
RP Alex Speas: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 10.35 ERA
CF Miguel Aparicio: 1-5, HR (2)
C Matt Whatley: 1-3, HR (2), walk

Miguel Aparicio hit a grand slam with two out in the 9th. The 18-year-old is hitting .404/.436/.596 during an 11-game hitting streak.

Alex Speas was effective in his first relief appearance of the season. No, this doesn't mean he's a reliever for good. (Or at least I really, really doubt it.)  Best buddies Noah Bremer and Alex Eubanks lost streaks of four outings without a run. Bremer gave up a solo shot in 1.1 innings, while Eubanks surrendered his first two runs on the season in the same number of innings.

One more time: why the fish logo, Scott? I guess I could switch it back, but I like it.

Rookie: off

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas traded RHP Jake Brigham to the Cubs for catcher Geovanny Soto. Rookie-leaguer Joey Gallo hit homer #14, Ronald Guzman #1.

Today's Starters:
AAA: not Clayton Blackburn
AA: Tyson Ross
High-A: Brett Martin
Low-A: Walker Weickel
Short-A: off
Rookie: TBA

Scott Lucas
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