The Farm Report -- 8/29/2017

MLB announced the Arizona Fall League rosters this afternoon. The Texas contingent:

RHP Steven Bruce (undrafted, 5.91 ERA for Down East)
LHP Adam Choplick (late-inning reliever for Down East, 72 SO in 53 IP)
RHP Tyler Ferguson (7.18 ERA for Down East, good raw stuff, trying to control it)
RHP David Ledbetter (4.29 ERA in AAA, spent all of 2015-2016 in high-A)
C Josh Morgan (.260/.311/.369 for Down East, youngest Ranger, catching 1/4 of games, also SS/3B)
IF Luis La O (.290/.337/.404 for Down East, Cuban signing, 2B/3B)
OF Michael O'Neill (offseason signing, Paul's nephew, .254/.336/.395 for Frisco)
OF Yanio Perez (another Cuban, .283/.346/.440 between lo and high-A, also 1B/3B)

Per's midseason prospect rankings, Perez is 11th in the Texas system and Morgan is 15th.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 28 August

Box Scores

AAA: cancelled

Assuming no further weather mishaps, the Express will lose four games to the elements in 2017, equal to the total number lost by Texas's AAA affiliates during the previous 13 seasons.

AA: Frisco 4, at Midland (OAK) 1
Record: 28-35, 5.5 GB

SP Tyler Davis: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2.45 ERA
RP Jake Diekman: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2.25 ERA
RP Nick Gardewine: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 2.27 ERA
LF Scott Heineman: 2-4, .279/.361/.420
DH Luke Tendler: 2-3, double, HR (13), walk, .247/.315/.413

The reigning Texas League pitcher of the week extended his scoreless streak to 15.2 innings. Davis was pulled after only 63 pitches in order to get Jake Diekman and the Frisco bullpen some work.

Luke Tendler's 2017 performance in AA is similar to his 2015 in Hickory. Last year was better, but that was in High Desert. Tendler just turned 26.

High-A: off

And tonight's contest in Wilmington, Delaware, has been postponed by rain.

Low-A: off

Hickory visits Charleston, which leads the other division with the best second-half record (38-24) in the league, while division rival Greensboro hosts Kannapolis.

Short-A: Spokane 9, at Salem-Keizer (SFO) 4
Record: 19-14, tied for 1st, magic number 6

SP Tai Tiedemann: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 SO, 3.83 ERA
SS Chris Seise: 2-5, double, .224/.252/.276
3B Tyler Ratliff: 2-5, double, .270/.342/.437
LF Austin O'Banion: 2-3, HBP, .262/.359/.457
1B Curtis Terry: 3-5, HR (11), .260/.306/.471

Much more of a nail-biter than the score suggests. Spokane nursed a 2-1 lead for several innings before a seven-run 9th. Tai Tiedemann did what he often does, wandering into occasional trouble but finding a way out. He's walked his fair share and has been hittable, but a heavy dose of grounders has limited most of the hits to singles.

Chris Seise's overall line in Spokane isn't much, but he's tallied four multi-hit games in the last six. Including his standout rookie-league performance, he's at .285/.332/.402 for the season. Curtis Terry's career will hinge on how often he hits the ball far. He's homered once per 20 times to the plate in 2017, nearly double the previous season's rate.

Tri-City won and Vancouver lost, placing Spokane in a two-way tie for the division lead.

Rookie: Rangers 4, at Dodgers 0
Record: 15-9, +1.5 G, magic number 3

SP Jean Casanova: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 SO, 2.70 ERA
1B Tyreque Reed: 1-3, double, walk, .349/.457/.623
C Sam Huff: 1-3, HR (8), walk, .247/.337/.455

Xavier Moore, Werner Leal, Wes Robertson and Joel Urena split the last four innings in a three-hit shutout. Add Jean Casanova to the list of pitchers I'll want to see next March. The 20-year-old set a career-high in strikeouts in successive games, whiffed 29% of his opponents during the season, and allowed six doubles, no triples and no homers in 36.2 innings.

Sam Huff has hit for a lower average but much more power in a repeat of the level.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
A listed crowd of 1,999 at the Dell Diamond saw homers from Leonys Martin and Joey Butler in a doubleheader sweep of New Orleans. Round Rock hosted games originally scheduled for Metarie but displaced by Hurricane Isaac.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Alvarez / Sampson (tandem)
AA: Collin Wiles
High-A: already postponed, two tomorrow
Low-A: Mike Matuella
Short-A: Hever Bueno
Rookie: off

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