Texas assigned top 2019 draft pick Josh Jung to the rookie squad, He homered in his first professional plate appearance. You can even watch it!
Jung finished the day 3-4 with two singles after the homer. Not that I expect him to bat .750, but Jung is one of the best players in Arizona. Many of his mound opponents will be high schoolers or teenagers pitching in the US for the first time. I assume this placement is temporary.
The draft signing deadline is tomorrow. Assuming the Marlins are able to work out their issues with #4 overall pick J.J. Bleday and #35 Kameron Misner, the top unsigned pick may be Texas 7th-rounder Brandon Sproat.
Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 10 July
AAA: Pacific Coast League All-Stars 9, International League All-Stars 3
Representing Nashville, David Carpenter threw a scoreless 4th, and Seth Maness allowed an unearned run in the 6th.
Ex-Ranger Travis Demeritte drew a walk in two plate appearances. I'd lost track of him after two mediocre seasons in AA and two times ignored in the 40-man / Rule 5 process. In 2019, Atlanta bumped him to AAA Gwinnett, where he's batting an unprecedented .301/.403/.602.
Also appearing for other clubs was side-armer Ben Rowen who retired while in the indy Atlantic League last summer but returned and is now a teammate of Demeritte. Catcher Tomas Telis got a job with Thad Levine's club over the winter and is having a nice season in Rochester.
Patrick Wisdom was outrighted to Nashville.
Lefty Brady Feigl, out for a month and a half, threw a scoreless inning with the rookies.
AA: at Frisco 5, Corpus Christi (HOU) 4
Record: 8-11, 3.5 GB, 41-47 overall
SP Jason Bahr: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 6.00 ERA
RP James Jones: 2.2 IP, 0 R, 3 SO, 2.74 ERA
RP Walker Weickel: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 4.25 ERA
2B Yonny Hernandez: 1-3, walk, SB (4), .361/.452/.444
1B Charles Leblamc: 2-4, SB (3), .292/.354/.365
SS Michael De Leon: 2-4, .261/.316/.327
Jason Bahr is in a rough patch, allowing four or more run in three consecutive starts for the first time in his career.
Yonny Hernandez is... interesting. While he signed back in 2014, I didn't have much reason to mention him before last year, when he posted a .260/.371/.327 line for Hickory. He's not especially toolsy, although he does run well, and he's better off at second than short. His primary talent is superior plate discipline, able to discern and lay off undesirable pitches like almost nobody else. That alone won't get him to the Majors, but so far, he's also showing terrific contact ability in Frisco. And, he's barely 21. Obviously, most Double A players don't make it, but with anyone hitting better than average at that level, you have to start thinking about whether they have a shot, and in what capacity.
Rehabbing Isiah Kiner-Falefa was 1-3 with a two-run double and a walk.
High-A: at Down East 5, Lynchburg (CLE) 2
Record: 12-9, tied for 1st, 62-29 overall
SP Tim Brennan: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.80 ERA
RP Josh Advocate: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 SO, 3.18 ERA
RP Joe Kuzia: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 0.59 ERA
CF Julio Pablo Martinez: 2-3, double, walk, 2 SB (11), .230/.305/.410
1B Curtis Terry: 3-4, double, .365/.407/.649
LF Franklin Rollin: 3-4, SB (1), .214/.244/.262
Texas promoted Tim Brennan to Down East, so now I have to avoid confusing him with Noah Bremer. They're about the same height and weight, college picks one year and one round apart, control/command oriented. They don't really look alike, so at least there's that. Please don't grow a beard, Tim. In the past, I had trouble with Craig Gentry and Grant Gerrard until the former differentiated himself.
I don't have anything new to say about J.P. Martinez and Curtis Terry, but if they want to keep hitting enough to be mentioned every day, that's fine.
Low-A: Hickory 6, at Lakewood (PHI) 2
Record: 13-7, 2 GB, 54-32 overall
SP Jesus Linarez: 4 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2.17 ERA
RP Nick Snyder: 3 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 3.74 ERA
RP Kelvin Gonzalez: 2 IP, 0 R, 1.38 ERA
CF Miguel Aparicio: 2-5, 2 doubles, .263/.314/.430
3B Sherten Apostel: 2-4, double, walk, .254/.329/.452
1B Tyreque Reed: 2-4, HR (5), walk, .310/.446/.603
Jesus Linarez made his first start of the season, and Nick Snyder and Kelvin Gonzalez held the Claws hitless for five innings. Miguel Aparicio has cooled off lately but is still having his best season. He won't be a 40-man add or at risk of loss in the Rule 5 draft this winter. He's still just 20.
Rookie: Rangers 16, Dodgers1 5
Record: 13-6, +1.5 G
Next report: Friday
Five Years Ago Yesterday
I linked an Australian article on OF Todd McDonald, who'd signed with the Rangers for the princely sum of $475,000. The article called Spokane "Low-A" and suggested McDonald could play 160 games next next season, but I don't blame the writer for his shaky knowledge of American minor league ball. Unfortunately, McDonald never escaped the short-season leagues and didn't even play in 160 games in his career.
AAA: Austin Bibens-Dirkx
AA: Tyler Phillips
High-A: Sal Mendez
Low-A: TBD (it's Yerry Rodriguez's turn)
Short-A: Justin Slaten