Delino DeShields was 1-3 in his first injury rehab game at Frisco.
Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 19 April Box Scores AAA: at Round Rock 1, OKC (LAD) 2
Record: 4-11, 8 GB
SP Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 5.87 ERA
LF Willie Calhoun: 1-4, HR (2), .250/.308/.400
C Cameron Rupp: 2-4, double, .216/.268/.432
Willie Calhoun hit a no-doubt blast
to right in the 4th, but the Express couldn't get anyone into scoring position afterwards, much less actually score. The opposing starter was Justin De Fratus, who was a Ranger for a month in 2016. What, you don't remember? Texas acquired him for OF Pat Kivlehan (himself acquired with others for OF Leonys Martin) but released him after just nine walk-plagued innings in Round Rock. He's on his fourth organization since then.
Texas released RHP Paolo Espino to make way for catcher Tony Sanchez. Espino has a nice curve but had been roughed up in three appearances (15.00 ERA, 14 runners in six innings). Today, reliever Steve Delabar was released in favor of Yovani Gallardo.
I reversed yesterday's score. Round Rock won 9-6. AA: at Frisco 3, Corpus Christi (HOU) 5
Record: 3-10, 5 GB
SP Collin Wiles: 5 IP, 6 H (1 HR), 3 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 8 SO, 5.74 ERA
RP Cody Palmquist: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3.18 ERA
LF Michael O'Neill: 1-3, HR (1), 2 walks, SB (2), .273/.448/.500
In the last three innings, Frisco put five runners on base via walks or HBPs but couldn't bring any home. Frisco is slugging .312 as a team, which is awfully hard to do, and I hope it doesn't keep up. High-A: Down East 6, at Myrtle Beach (CHC) 5
Record: 8-7, 2 GB
SP Jonathan Hernandez: 6.1 IP, 5 H (2 HR), 2 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 6 SO, 1.76 ERA
SS Anderson Tejeda: 2-5, double, .278/.381/.481
1B Andretty Cordero: 1-3, HR (2), walk, .231/.286/.385
Jonathan Hernandez surrendered two solo homers but nothing else of consequence. C.D. Pelham earned an uneasy save, whiffing four in 1.1 innings but having to fighting off runners in scoring position in both the 8th and 9th. Low-A: Hickory 10, at Columbia (NYM) 5
Record: 5-8, 5.5 GB
SP Alex Eubanks: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 5.52 ERA
LF Eric Jenkins: 2-5, triple, HR (2), walk, SB (7), .292/.346/.542
3B Justin Jacobs: 2-5, walk, .310/.394/.414
C Melvin Novoa: 2-5, double, walk, .386/.438/.568
CF Pedro Gonzalez: 1-5, HR (3), .265/.308/.531
1B Sam Huff: 1-3, 3 doubles, HBP, .244/.279/.415
RF Chad Smith: 2-5, double, triple, .103/.133/.207
SS Yonny Hernandez: 1-3, 2 walks, 2 SB (5), .167/.412/.167
Yesterday's ten extra-base hits have placed Hickory atop the league with a .420 slugging percentage. No way in the world will Eric Jenkins maintain his .542 slugging percentage, but he's off to a nice start, and I'll take it. Conversely, Pedro Gonzalez just might stay near .500.
In his career, Yonny Hernandez has reached safely via walk or HBP in an extraordinary 17% of his plate appearances. He's 5'9" and 140 pounds with a .253 lifetime average, so he's not scaring opponents into pitching around him.
Alex Eubanks holds the early organization lead with 21 strikeouts. He fanned 46 in 31 innings last year at Spokane. I haven't seen a radar reading on him in Hickory, but he threw 88-92 plus an effective slider in front of me in Surprise. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Rain, mostly. CF Engel Beltre improved to .290/.333/.339 with a double and single for Round Rock. 2013 would be the only year in which Beltre showed a palatable plate approach, and he would make his MLB debut in June. Today's Starters:
AAA: Yovani Gallardo
AA: Wes Benjamin
High-A: Mike Matuella
Low-A: AJ Alexy