The Farm Report -- 9/10/2019

The Rangers have announced a Futures Camp for about 40 prospects drawn mostly from full-season squads. The Camp will run from September 22 through October 6 and include six games against colleges. Two will take place at Globe Life versus Dallas Baptist and TCU, with the others occurring at Frisco's Dr Pepper Ballpark. 

Instructional League begins today and runs through October 1, concluding with two days of games against the Padres' instructional leaguers on Sep. 30 and Oct. 1. I've attached the roster from the press release.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 9 September

Low-A: at Hickory 4, Lexington (KC) 6
Hickory trails best-of-five finals 0-1

SP Ronny Henriquez: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 SO
RP Nick Snyder: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
RP Kelvin Gonzalez: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
CF Miguel Aparicio: 1-3, double, walk
1B: Kole Enright: 1-2, double, 2 walks

Game 1 of the Sally League finals combined several mostly unfavorable elements from the opening-round losses by Spokane and Down East: poor opposing defense, fewer baserunners from hits than other means, unfulfilled opportunities, an inning in which Hickory's bullpen couldn't buy an out, a rally that fell just short. 

In 11 postseason games, Texas's minor leaguers are 13-for-76 (.171) with runners in scoring position and have yet to record more than two in a game. Last night: 1-for-7. To be clear, I don't ascribe anything to this. There's no narrative, no broad criticism to be made of the players or the organization. To quote philosopher king Homer Simpson, it's "just a bunch of stuff that happened." Still: pretty frustrating. 

19-year-old Ronny Henriquez's season concluded (unless he appears in Game 5) with five consecutive strong and eerily consistent outings after an early August wipeout. In all five, he lasted five or six innings, allowed two or fewer runs, walked no more than two, and struck out seven or eight. Henriquez doesn't generate many grounders. Last night, 12 of 14 balls in play were airborne, and a lined single and homer put Hickory in a 2-0 hole in the 3rd. He would permit only one runner thereafter. 

Hickory snared the lead in the 5th. The contributions included Frainyer Chavez's leadoff single, doubles by Miguel Aparicio and Kole Enright, and an error by Lexington 3B Nathan Eaton. 

Reliever Nick Snyder retired his first five opponents. Then, a fly that RF Pedro Gonzalez couldn't corral put a runner on second, and a grounder nearly snagged by 2B Jax Biggers but instead deflected into the outfield scored the tying run. On to preserve that tie in the 9th, Kelvin Gonzalez allowed four consecutive hits for the first time all season, and three scored. 

In the 9th, Aparicio walked and scored on an error. With two out, Ryan Anderson's would-be game-tying homer landed in a glove a few feet shy of the wall. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Myrtle Beach lost Game 3 of the Carolina League finals 12-7. The 19 runs matched the total of Myrtle's previous five playoff games. The Pelicans held a 7-2 lead in the 4th, but Potomac scored ten in the next three innings off Sam Wolff and two relievers. 

Today's Starters
Low-A: Cole Winn


Jamey Newberg

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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