Nashville's Nick Solak was removed from the game in Oklahoma City after his third plate appearance. Could be an incredible coincidence for all I know, but I'd say there's a chance the Rangers bring him to Arlington and treat him to a customized jersey and let him play catch with big leaguers and run the bases and swing a bat. Better still, they may let him do all those things during a real game. Maybe. If not today, soon.
Solak doesn't have a Calhoun-like defensive background, but his future definitely depends more on his bat. He's batted .291/.363/.536 with 27 homers in AAA this season, .357/.390/.670 since the trade, and .432/.456/.730 during an 18-game hitting streak that ended last night. Solak has speed, too, although he hasn't employed it nearly as much this season. Second base is his natural position, he's adequate in left, and the Rangers have positioned him recently in right, a stretch for his arm. Solak also played some center field while in the Tampa Bay system. He has never started third base or short professionally.
FanGraphs has given him the most optimistic reviews, ranking him Texas's third-best prospect and a future average everyday player. Other publications haven't eschewed that possibility but are more cautious in their outlooks.
Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 19 August
AAA: Nashville 11, at Oklahoma City (LAD) 5
Record: 57-67, 9 GB
SP Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 7.83 ERA
RP Kyle Bird: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 2.70 ERA
3B Andy Ibanez: 1-5, HR (17), .301/.382/.499
LF Patrick Wisdom: 3-5, HR (27), SB (7), .242/.332/.519
1B Matt Davidson: 3-5, HR (28), .257/.333/.507
SS Eli White: 2-4, double, SB (14), .255/.339/.421
Kyle Bird threw two innings, so if Texas needs relief reinforcement for today's doubleheader, he won't get the call. Among 40-man members in Nashville, Locke St. John is on two days rest, Wei-Chieh Huang just one after a 27-pitch outing Sunday. Shane Carle is active but hasn't pitched in seven days. Luke Farrell, rehabbing in Frisco, is on four days rest. Yohander Mendez's last outing on Saturday wasn't assuring.
In the 9th, Andy Ibanez lined a pitch off the head of OKC reliever Jaime Schultz, who crumpled to the grass. Nashville 1B coach was first on the scene, checking on Schultz before comforting Ibanez, who looked distraught. Schultz eventually walked off under his own power and didn't appear to be bleeding, so perhaps the ultimate harm isn't as severe as it appeared. The ball caromed to first and Ibanez was forced out, so Schultz will receive an assist for his troubles.
Short-A: Spokane vs Eugene (CHC), August 17-19
8-1 win, 1-2 loss, 5-4 win (10)
Record: 15-10, +2 G, 37-26 overall
SP1 Leury Tejada: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2.75 ERA
SP2 Justin Slaten: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 6.57 ERA
SP3 Theo McDowell: 2.2 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 4 SO, 6.15 ERA
RP Luis Rosario: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2.85 ERA
RP Jeifry Nunez: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2.91 ERA
RP Juan Mejia: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3.33 ERA
RP Nick Starr: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.16 ERA
C David Garcia: 3-8, double, 2 walks, .287/.369/.459
IF Cristian Inoa: 3-11, double, HR (1), walk, SB (5), .182/.264/.261
OF Kellen Strahm: 4-12, 2 walks, .268/.370/.363
C Scott Kapers: 2-5, double, .192/.330/.247
Down two runs with two out and none on in the 9th last night, Obie Ricumstrict hit a two-strike single, and Cristian Inoa followed with a two-strike homer, his first in over a year. Reliever Joe Corbett wriggled out of a bases-loaded situation in the 10th, and Luis Asuncion singled home Derwin Barreto for the victory.
The previous night, Inoa struck out to end the game with runners at the corners. He's repeating the level and having some trouble with it. After a respectable .255/.337/.342 line for an 18-year-old, he's dipped to .182/.264/.261. In roughly similar playing time, he has nine fewer hits and 16 additional strikeouts.
Leury Tejeda has issued his fair share of free passes but has yet to allow a homer this season. He and Jeifry Nunez combined for most of Saturday's victorious innings.
Best-to-worst control, among starters and others averaging at least two innings per outing:
Above average: Nic Laio, Luis Rosario, Jeifty Nunez, Billy Layne, Juan Mejia, Zak Kent
Close to average: Justin Slaten, Nick Starr, Teodoro Ortega
Below average: Ricky Vanasco, Leury Tejeda, Joshua Javier, Theo McDowell, Juan Castillo
David Garcia stopped homering July but has a .400 OBP in August. Not bad for a catcher.
Rookie: Rangers 12, Cubs2 2
Record: 10-13, 5 GB, 29-22 overall
Next report: Wednesday
Five Years Ago Yesterday
I had a not-quite-four-month-old. Today, a kindergartner.
That was the best shot, I'm afraid. She's not a natural smiler. I get it.
AAA: Pedro Payano
AA: Tyler Phillips
High-A: Sal Mendez
Low-A: Hans Crouse
Short-A: Stephen Mraz