The Farm Report -- 8/3/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 2 August
Box Scores

AAA: off

AA: at Frisco 1, Midland (OAK) 3 (11)
Record: 16-24, 7.5 GB

SP Tyler Davis: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.54 ERA
RP Ricardo Rodriguez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3.56 ERA
LF Scott Heineman: 3-5, double, .265/.350/.409
C Jose Trevino: 1-5, HR (7), .251/.278/.347

Tyler Davis retired 18 of his last 19 batters and picked off the one runner who reached. I'm going to be a spoilsport and say he can't maintain a .221 opposing average while striking out 14% of his opponents. Nevertheless, he's actually whiffing more in AA than at the lower levels and cut his walk rate down to a minuscule level. His ability to limit damage has never been better.

Ryne Slack's control has always leaned towards the fringy side and has really troubled him lately. He walked four and missed on 21 of 36 pitches in a two-run 11th.

Jose Trevino is two homers shy of last year's total in High Desert.

High-A: Down East 9, at Carolina (MIL) 7
Record: 20-20, 6.5 GB

SP Richelson Pena: 1 IP, 1 H (1 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2.92 ERA
RP Jeff Springs: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.36 ERA
RP Scott Williams: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.85 ERA
2B Luis La O: 5-5, 2 doubles, .292/.340/.421
1B Carlos Garay: 1-5, HR (), .339/.389/.406
DH Preston Scott: 1-3, 2 walks, .279/.360/.422
LF Josh Altmann: 2-2, 3 walks, .251/.336/.382

Cuban export Luis La O was a perfect 5-5, drawing a comparison to David Wright from manager Howard Johnson. No, really, he said that. At 25, La O is older than Andy Ibanez, who arrived the year before. He's split his time between second and third.

Pena left after a messy but not excessive 26 pitches in the 1st.

Jeff Springs, who leads the organization in strikeouts with 118, is a reliever for now. Your typical conversion project is a power arm, but Springs deals a low-90s heater with a sinker, slider, curve and change. He's improved his control over his three seasons, but his command has left him prone to hard hits, including 13 homers in just 95 innings. So far in relief he's been nearly untouchable: two hits and eight strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

Low-A: Hickory 1, at Hagerstown (WAS) 7
Record: 22-17, tied for 1st

SP Reid Anderson: 5 IP, 6 H (2 HR), 4 R, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 3 SO, 5.47 ERA
DH Yohel Pozo: 2-4, .343/.371/.522

Hickory fell back into a tie with Hagerstown. Hickory's schedule appears favorable, with no more travel to distant Lakewood and only one onerous bus ride remaining (home from southern Maryland after a 7pm game).

I've seen no roster move, but with Hickory home today, I'm hoping newcomers A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis will be officially assigned. Friday's starting pitcher has been "TBA" for several days.

Correction: Reiver Sanmartin struck out five on Tuesday, not fifty.

Short-A: off

Texas promoted 1st-round shortstop Chris Seise to Spokane. In Arizona, Seise batted .336/.396/.509 with three homers and eight other extra-base hits in 129 trips to the plate, third-most in the league. No word on any concurrent moves that might alleviate a crowded middle infield. Christian Inoa has been the primary shortstop, Kole Enright the dominant 2B, and Yonny Hernandez spotting both.

Rookie: at Rangers 3, Padres2 6
Record: 2-1, tied for 1st

SP Jean Casanova: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2.33 ERA
RP Chris Morris: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 SO, 6.75 ERA
RP Xavier Paul: 2 IP, 0 R, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
CF Bubba Thompson: 1-4, triple, .282/.349/.513
1B Stephen Lohr: 2-4, double, .239/.300/.326

Two errors and his own wildness knocked normally effective Jean Casanova out in the 1st.

You may remember Xavier Paul as an occasionally busy fourth outfielder for the Pirates, Reds and other NL clubs several years ago. You may not. Now, three years out of affiliated ball, he's a 32-year-old rookie-ball pitcher.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Spokane's CJ Edwards whiffed six and allowed a run in five innings.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Tyler Wagner
AA: Collin Wiles
High-A: Jonathan Hernandez
Low-A: Mike Matuella
Short-A: Alex Speas
Rookie: TBA

Scott Lucas
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Scott Lucas

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