The Farm Report -- 8/6/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 5 August
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 7, Albuquerque (COL) 3
Record: 52-61, 21.5 GB

SP Clayton Blackburn: 5.1 IP, 3 H (2 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 5.37 ERA
SS Doug Bernier: 2-3, walk
2B Willie Calhoun: 1-4, HR (25)
1B Ronald Guzman: 1-3, walk

Calhoun's three-run homer in the 3rd, his second in four games as a Ranger, put the Express ahead for good. Blackburn retired 12 straight before Noel Cuevas's solo homer.

Milwaukee released RHP Tom Wilhelmsen from its AAA roster. The Dodgers picked up knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa and assigned him to AAA.

AA: at Frisco 3, Corpus Christi (HOU) 1
Record: 17-26, 9.5 GB

SP Tyson Ross: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 SO, 2.31 ERA
RP Nick Gardewine: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2.22 ERA
DH Luke Tendler: 1-2, 2 walks
RF Michael O'Neill: 1-1, 2 walks, SB (10)

Frisco got the better of Alex Winkelman, who nearly no-hit the Riders last time they met. Ross stretched out to seven innings, unusually high for a rehab start, but he only needed 96 pitches. CF Jose Cardona (1-4) knocked a double for Frisco's only extra-base hit.

High-A: Down East 3, at Lynchburg (CLE) 2
Record: 21-22, 7.5 GB

SP Emerson Martinez: 6.1 IP, 7 H (1 HR), 2 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 4.41 ERA
RP Jeff Springs: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 SO, 4.31 ERA

Down East's last 19 went down in order, but the Woodies turned six early hits into three runs. The trio of Springs, Tyler Feguson (0.1 IP) and Adam Choplick (1.1 IP) kept Lynchburg off the board. Down a run, the Hillcats failed to convert RISP situations in each of the last three innings. Choplick has a 1.93 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 18.2 innings after the All-Star break, roughly concurrent with his usage as primary closer.

Low-A: at Hickory 3, Lexington (KAN) 1 (7)
Low-A: at Hickory 3, Lexington (KAN) 9 (9)
Record: 23-19, tied for 1st

SP A.J. Alexy: 4 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 1 R, 4 BB, 5 SO, 2.25 ERA
SP Edgar Arredondo: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 7 SO, 3.98 ERA
RP Dario Beltre: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 SO, 0.77 ERA
1B Andretty Cordero: 3-8, HR (3)
LF/CF Eric Jenkins: 3-7
3B/SS Brendon Davis: 1-5, double, walk

In his Texas debut, A.J. Alexy was a little wild but ultimately effective. I'll probably be typing some variant on that for a while. In low-A Great Falls, he posted a 3.67 ERA despite walking or hitting a lofty 15% of his opponents.

In the nightcap, Jenkins posted his first multi-hit game in nearly a month; between the two, he batted .172/.194/.250 in 18 games. Texas's 2nd-round pick from 2015 has had a trying season. With only 47 games played, Cordero's 11 homers (eight with Spokane) rank sixth in the system.

Short-A: at Spokane 8, Eugene (CHC) 11
Record: 7-3, +1 G

SP Hever Bueno: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 1 SO, 4.05 ERA
CF Miguel Aparicio: 2-5
3B Tyler Ratliff: 2-4, walk
DH Matt Whatley: 3-5
2B Kole Enright: 1-3, double, walk

In a game reminiscent of March intersquads, Spokane committed five errors in a messy loss. Up 6-0 early, the Indians gave it all back in the 3rd on a lone hit, four walks, two errors and a hit batsman.

Chris Seise (1-5) lined a triple for his first Spokane hit.

Rookie: at Rangers 8, Padres 5
Record: 4-1, +1 G

SP Jaye Chapman: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Seth Nordlin: 2.2 IP, 0 R, 3 SO, 4.32 ERA
DH Sam Huff: 1-4, HR (7)
1B Stephen Lohr: 2-3, HR (1), walk

The rookies committed six errors and allowed four stolen bases, but they didn't add up to all that much. Huff's seventh homer earned a tie for the league lead.

The 19-year-old Nordlin, Texas's 13th-round pick, has 12 strikeouts against three walks in 8.1 innings.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
With a third of the regular season remaining, Joey Gallo tied Wlad Balentien's Arizona League record of 16 homers.

Today's Starters:
AAA: David Ledbetter
AA: Richelson Pena
High-A: Brett Martin
Low-A: Walker Weickel
Short-A: Cole Ragans
Rookie: TBA

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