The Farm Report -- 8/5/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 4 August
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 0, Albuquerque (COL) 1
Record: 51-61, 22.5 GB

SP Anthony Bass: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 4.00 ERA
RP Tayler Scott: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
2B Doug Bernier: 1-3, double, walk

The Topes scored the only run in the 10th, when catcher Brett Hayes couldn't glove a relay from Doug Bernier (via Jared Hoying) that might (but might not) have nabbed Tom Murphy. Earlier, Will Middlebrooks was tagged out at the plate on a great throw by RF Jordan Patterson, and Bernier was stranded after a leadoff double. Willie Calhoun showed good patience and plate control but was hitless. He handled his few chances capably. Round Rock whiffed 15 and caught two on the bases, so balls in play were infrequent.

Tayler Scott: fastball 94-96, sinker 90-91, slider and change 86-89. Acquired for Jeremy Jeffress, the 25-year-old righty showed a decent assortment of stuff along with occasionally iffy location. All three balls in play were hit firmly.

AA: at Frisco 2, Corpus Christi (HOU) 3
Record: 16-26, 9.5 GB

SP Pedro Payano: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 SO, 4.10 ERA
RP Brady Feigl: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 SO, 6.56 ERA
RF Royce Bolinger: 3-4, 2 doubles

Last year, Payano whiffed 11 in a nine-inning one-hit shutout, but I'd make the case last night was just as impressive, as it came against a capable AA offense as opposed to weak-hitting low-A Greensboro.

High-A: Down East 2, at Lynchburg (CLE) 5
Record: 20-22, 7.5 GB

SP Steven Bruce: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 6.97 ERA
RP Jacob Shortslef: 2 IP, 0 R, 4 SO, 5.44 ERA
SS Ti'Quan Forbes: 1-3, walk

Forbes committed three errors at shortstop, a position to which he's only recently become reacquainted. 26-year-old Arturo Lara, like Yanio Perez a recent Cuban acquisition, has played the most games there but is hitting .197/.230/.272.

Texas traded IF Brallan Perez to Baltimore for international signing bonus money. Perez was a handy player with some contact skills, but he wasn't a prospect. More than anything, this emphasizes Baltimore's indifference to the international market, and it's nice Texas was able to take advantage.

Low-A: wet

A.J. Alexy just has a to wait another day, but Hickory's Friday night gate receipts are lost forever.

Short-A: at Spokane 5, Eugene (CHC) 8
Record: 7-2, +1.5 G

SP Tai Tiedemann: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, 4.40 ERA
RP Luis Lopez: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 8.37 ERA
1B Curtis Terry: 2-4, 2 HR (7)
RF Chad Smith: 2-4

Spokane allowed seven in a ghastly 4th that included four walks, two wild pitches, a balk, and an inning-opening error that technically made all of Tiedemann's runs unearned. Curtis Terry (.246/.289/.455) singlehandedly kept his side competitive with two homers and four driven in. Arguably, he, Andretty Cordero and Tyreque Reed all belong in Hickory next April, but since you can't have three first basemen in the lineup, Texas is going to have to get creative. More than the other two, Terry is bound to first base.

Rookie: off

Today's Starters:
AAA: Clayton Blackburn
AA: Tyson Ross
High-A: Emerson Martinez
Low-A: Alexy / Arredondo
Short-A: Hever Bueno
Rookie: TBA

Scott Lucas
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