Rangers Farm Report: Games of Tuesday 13 August
AAA: Nashville 13, at Sacramento (SFO) 10
Record: 53-66, 12 GB
SP Brock Burke: 3 IP, 6 H (1 HR), 6 R, 4 BB, 3 SO, 7.88 ERA
RP Wei-Chieh Huang: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.70 ERA
RP Shane Carle: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 9.53 ERA
RF Nick Solak: 2-5, double, walk, .340/.375/.680
3B Andy Ibanez: 4-6, HR (16), .301/.380/.492
LF Patrick Wisdom: 4-5, 2 doubles, .246/.335/.529
SS Eli White: 1-3, double, 2 walks, .254/.337/.414
Nashville departed the west with a traditional slugfest.
Brock Burke pitched better than his line. A little better. I watched intermittently and saw two hits that barely evaded gloves and a blooped double just inside the line. The 4th inning caught up to him, as all four hitters reached safely, two on walks. Wei-Chieh Huang stranded two Burke runners. Locke St. John entered the 9th with a seven-run lead and gave four back. In that climate, I'd award him a save anyway.
Nick Solak made his first career start in right field. He was charged with a fielding error on a play I missed. I did see him get turned around on a deep fly, but he recovered in plenty of time to catch it. Solak isn't known for his arm; he's also never started at short or third.
Nashville's hitters bade a tearful farewell to the west, where PCL teams are batting .290.366/.516 and scoring 6.3 runs per game compared to "only' 5.1 in the east.
AA: Frisco 2, at Corpus Christi (HOU) 6
Record: 25-25, 4.5 GB, 58-61 overall
SP Tyler Philips: 5 IP, 4 H (3 HR), 4 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 5.52 ERA
RP Jonathan Hernandez: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 5.32 ERA
I didn't see any of Phillips because I devoted my time to Hans Crouse, who doesn't appear on MiLB.tv nearly as often. No offense, Tyler. The deep ball plagued him again. He's allowed 14 homers in 75 AA innings. In 342 lower-level innings, he allowed 17.
Leody Taveras reached twice on walks.
High-A: Down East 3, at Fayetteville (HOU) 5
Record: 30-20, 2.5 GB, 80-40 overall
SP Sal Mendez: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 2.34 ERA
RP Josh Advocate: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 SO, 2.96 ERA
C Sam Huff: 1-4, walk, .276/.338/.469
SS Diosbel Arias: 2-3, walk, .273/.354/.366
Fayetteville pulled to within 2.5 games of first, the closest anyone has come to Down East in a while. Sal Mendez allowed only one extra-base hit, but all the runners (including two hit by pitches) casued him problems.
Low-A: Hickory 7, at Lexington (KAN) 5
Record: 29-21, 3 GB, 70-46 overall
SP Hans Crouse: 6 IP, 7 H (1 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 4.32 ERA
RP Lucas Jacobsen: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.13 ERA
DH Melvin Novoa: 3-4, double, 2 HR (10), .270/.331/.477
LF Kole Enright: 1-4, HR (7), .214/.301/.411
The Crawdads won the kind of game they've been losing lately. Hans Crouse threw a season-high 87 pitches, unexpectedly (to me) coming out for the 6th after reaching 73 pitches through five. Per the stadium gun, Crouse's fastball ran from 92 to 94. He added a heavy dose of breakers rangng from 77 to 84 MPH, curvy at the low end and veering into sliders at the top. Lexington has only a high pressbox view, so I sometimes had trouble delineating pitches. He also threw some 83-86 sliders. He's looked better, and certainly thrown harder, but under the circumstances it was an impressive effort. Sam Hellinger (88-91 fasball, 73-76 curve) and Lucas Jacobsen (90-91 heater, 80 slider) handled the rest.
Josh Jung singled and walked.
Short-A: Spokane 3, at Boise (COL) 1
Record: 11-8, tied for 1st
Next report: Supposed to be today, but that's not going to work out. Tomorrow.
Rookie: Rangers 5, Padres1 8
Record: 9-9, 1.5 GB
Next report: Friday
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