Rangers Farm Report: Games of 12 September 2019
Low-A: Hickory 5, at Lexington (KC) 1
Hickory trails best-of-five finals 1-2
SP Ricky Vanaco: 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 SO
RP Tai Tiedemann: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
RP Lucas Jacobsen: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
RP Nick Snyder: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
2B/LF Jax Biggers: 2-4, SB
3B Josh Jung: 0-3, BB, HBP, SB
1B Tyreque Reed: 3-4, HR, SF
CF Miguel Aparicio: 1-4, HR
C Matt Whatley: 2-3, BB
Ricky Vanasco's final outing of 2019 was informative. He struck out his five five opponents and allowed only a walk through 3.2 innings. Then, he walked three batters in a row on 16 pitches, ballooning his count to 70 and requiring relief. Vanasco is a very exciting pitcher, but also very erratic.
Tai Tiedemann induced an inning-inning grounder to quell the threat. He allowed a run in the 5th, but thereafter he and two teammates prevented even the thought of a comeback.
For the first time in 13 postseason games, a Texas-affiliated team tallied three hits with runners in scoring position. In the 3rd, Jax Biggers singled, reached second on a balk and scored on a two-out Tyreque Reed single. Reed would later hit a solo homer and sac fly. Miguel Aparicio brought home Pedro Gonzalez with a homer in the 4th.
Abdiel Mendoza, nearly flawless in Game 2 of the semifinals, will start tonight.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
The day before five years ago yesterday, Myrtle Beach was eliminated in the Carolina League finals in a game so drab I barely recapped it.
I jokingly offered the starters for the farm system's next games, which wouldn't be played until April 2015:
AAA: Alec Asher
AA: Andrew Faulkner
High-A: Frank Lopez
Low-A: Luis Ortiz
Asher actually started Opening Day for Frisco, not reaching AAA until late May. Faulkner pitched for Frisco the day after Asher. Frank Lopez did indeed start Opening Day for High-A High Desert. Luis Ortiz threw the second game of Hickory's season. I'm pleased with my guesses, if I may say so.
I also wrote about Texas' High-A future, which had been thrown into chaos by Myrtle Beach's affiliation with the Cubs. My replacement preferences in order were Carolina, Lynchburg, Daytona, High Desert, and Bakersfield. In retrospect, I would have switched the final two, as Bakersfield had the inferior stadium but at least had installed better management and improved the playing surface. Indeed, Seattle actually moved out of High Desert to Bakersfield, perhaps lured by the possibility of a new stadium that had tantalized parent clubs (including the Rangers) for decades. The Rangers ended up partnering with High Desert because every other affiliation had been taken. I could write about the High Desert situation at great length, and somebody, when I want to cut the number of New berg Report subscribers by two-thirds, I will.