The Farm Report -- 8/2/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Tuesday 1 August
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 0, El Paso (SDG) 4
Record: 50-60, 21.5 GB

SP James Dykstra: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 7.79 ERA
RP Tanner Scheppers: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 5.79 ERA
RP Tayler Scott: 1 IP, 0 R, 0.00 ERA
CF Jared Hoying: 2-4, double, SB (13)
LF Willie Calhoun: 0-4

Willie Calhoun was hitless in his Rangers debut and, as far as I know, handled everything hit to him in left field adequately. Yesterday was only his 13th game in the outfield. Tayler Scott also debuted for the Rangers and in AAA. I hope to see them in person on Friday.

Former Ranger Wilmer Font set the Oklahoma City record for strikeouts in a season with 154. Matt Perisho, another former Ranger, held the previous record with 150. Font could make another six starts.

AA: at Frisco 1, Midland (OAK) 10
Record: 16-23, 7 GB

SP Ariel Jurado: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 4.71 ERA
RP Nick Gardewine: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 2.30 ERA

I wrote 1,500 words yesterday, so I'm just going to leave this one alone, okay?

High-A: Down East 7, at Carolina (MIL) 6
Record: 19-20, 7 GB

SP Wes Benjamin: 7 IP, 8 H (2 HR), 5 R, 1 BB, 9 SO, 4.45 ERA
RP Adam Choplick: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 SO, 3.60 ERA
3B Yanio Perez: 1-4, HR (4), .262/.323/.411
SS Ti'Quan Forbes: 1-3, HR (2), walk, SB (2), .212/.269/.294
C Chuck Moorman: 2-4, double, .254/.310/.346
RF Ledarious Clark: 2-4, double, .229/.322/.392

Wes Benjamin peaked early, whiffing his first five opponents and retiring nine of ten. Carolina made it interesting after an early 5-0 deficit but wouldn't get the tying run past first. Forbes hit his tenth homer of the season, easily his most, and made his fourth appearance at shortstop.

Low-A: Hickory 10, at Hagerstown (WAS) 1
Record: 22-16, +1 G

SP Reiver Sanmartin: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 50 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Edgar Arredondo: 2 IP, 0 R, 5 SO, 4.22 ERA
1B Andretty Cordero: 4-5, 3 doubles, .302/.339/.491
C Yohel Pozo: 2-4, double, walk, .343/.371/.522
3B Charles Leblanc: 3-5, double, HR (2), .291/.380/.419
RF Anderson Tejeda: 2-5, double, .236/.299/.389

Hickory wrested first place away from Hagerstown with a resounding win. I still don't know much about Reiver Sanmartin, but it's looking like I should. He's left-handed, 21, great control, not much velocity by today's standards. Andretty Cordero and Yohel Pozo appear to have needed only a few days to adapt to low-A pitching.

Short-A: Northwest League 5, Pioneer League 4

3B/LF Tyler Ratliff: 1-1, walk

Ratliff trotted home with the go-ahead run in the 5th, during which poor Moises Nova of Billings walked four straight on 17 pitches. As expected, Cole Ragans did not appear.

Rookie: at Rangers 10, Royals 0
Record: 2-0, +1 G

SP Adrian Sampson: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Ryan Dease: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.27 ERA
RP Hans Crouse: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.82 ERA
CF Bubba Thompson: 3-5, double, .286/.359/.486
SS Chris Seise: 3-4, double, HR (3), .336/.395/.509
1B Tyreque Reed: 3-5, HR (5), SB (3), .382/.481/.697
C Sam Huff: 4-5, double, .273/.345/.545

The four batters listed were the top four in the order. When your top four crank out 13 hits, you're probably going to win. The Rangers are averaging exactly seven runs per game versus a league average of 5.9. Hans Crouse offered yet another solid two innings and is holding opponents to a line of .158/.273/.263.

I don't want to oversell this squad, but despite their ordinary 15-13 record these guys remind me a little of the 2012 edition I've been revisiting liberally in my Five Years Ago segments. They're fun.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas optioned Martin Perez to Round Rock to accommodate Ryan Dempster.

Ten Years Ago Yesterday
Elvis Andrus went 0-5 in his Texas debut at high-A Bakersfield.

Today's Starters:
AAA: off
AA: Tyler Davis
High-A: Richelson Pena
Low-A: Reid Anderson
Short-A: off
Rookie: TBA

Scott Lucas
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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

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