The Farm Report -- 8/30/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Tuesday 29 August
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 4, Col. Springs (MIL) 1
Record: 62-70, eliminated

SP Clayton Blackburn: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.85 ERA
RP Paolo Espino: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.46 ERA
LF Willie Calhoun: 2-4, .294/.351/.564
CF Jared Hoying: 3-4, .264/.327/.423
1B Ronald Guzman: 2-4, double, .304/.375/.446

Waiver-claim Paulo Espino made his organization debut. He relies primarily on a nifty curve and good control of an 87-90 fastball, a slider and change.

One of Willie Calhoun's hits was a on a bunt. Ronald Guzman doubled on a gapper cut by RF Nate Orf. I thought he had no shot, to be honest, but Guzman isn't that slow once he gets up to speed (which takes a while).

RHP Tanner Scheppers accepted his outright assignment. OF Drew Stubbs was granted his release.

AA: at Frisco 5, Corpus Christi (HOU) 8
Record: 28-36, +6.5 G

SP Collin Wiles: 4 IP, 14 H (1 HR), 7 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4.71 ERA
RP Shane McCain: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5.72 ERA
RP Brady Feigl: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 SO, 5.01 ERA
CF Jose Cardona: 3-5, .278/.317/.386
3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 4-5, SB (17), .295/.357/.402
LF Scott Heineman: 2-5, double, .280/.362/.422

Wiles may have one more start. If so, he'll get a chance to finish on a better note than yesterday, when 14 of 23 balls in play went for hits, the most he's ever allowed.

Frisco's 1-2-3 hitters (listed above) combined for nine hits.

Frisco's postseason chances require a 6-0 finish, and an 0-6 finish by Midland, and no better than a 2-4 finish by Corpus Christi. Unlikely.

High-A: wet

Two tonight.

Low-A: Hickory 3, at Charleston (NYY) 4
Record: 36-28, +1 G

SP Michael Matuella: 5 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.37 ERA
RP Christian Torres: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 2.70 ERA
RP C.D. Pelham: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 SO, 3.23 ERA
1B Andretty Cordero: 1-4, HR (4), .280/.311/.401

Ouch. Up 3-2 in the 8th, C.D. Pelham surrendered two earned runs for the first time since late May on a double, triple and single. Greensboro stayed one game back with a lost 4-0 to Kannapolis.

In six starts since reaching his slightly constrained peak capacity for 2017 (70-90 pitches), Mike Matuella has a 3.34 ERA, nine walks and 20 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.  Andretty Cordero hit his 12th homer of the year including eight in Spokane.

Short-A: Spokane 6, at Salem-Keizer (SFO) 4
Record: 20-14, tied for 1st

SP Hever Bueno: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 10 SO, 5.57 ERA
RP Joe Barlow: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 2.14 ERA
RP Joe Kuzia: 2 IP, 0 R, 4 SO, 2.22 ERA
2B Kole Enright: 1-3, walk, .225/.306/.317
1B Curtis Terry: 1-3, HR (12), walk, .265/.314/.488

Curtis Terry took sole control of the league lead in homers with his 12th. Cordero, who was promoted in mid-July, still ranks fifth. Spokane struck out 19 Volcanoes.

Rookie: off

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas announced its Arizona Fall League roster. I've added their current status in parentheses:
LHP Miguel de los Santos (designated for assignment two days later, claimed by Milwaukee but didn't appear in the AFL or pitch for an affiliated team ever again. Long, weird story.)
RHP Jimmy Reyes (still a Ranger)
RHP Ryan Rodebaugh (reached AAA, released during 2015, spent two seasons with indy St. Paul)
RHP Ben Rowen (reached MLB briefly in 2014, released after season, now in 7th organization [Mets] )
C Kellin Deglan (reached AA, became free agent after 2016, signed with Yankees but hurt all season)
SS Leury Garcia (traded for Alex Rios in 2013, swinging a surprisingly worthy stick for the White Sox)
1B Chris McGuiness (reached MLB briefly in 2013, traded to Pirates, released by Phillies in August 2015)
SS Luis Sardinas (Reached MLB in 2014, traded for Yovani Gallardo, currently in Baltimore system)

Today's Starters:
AAA: Adrian Sampson
AA: Yohander Mendez
High-A: W. Benjamin / J. Hernandez
Low-A: A.J. Alexy
Short-A: Cole Ragans
Rookie: TBA

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