The Farm Report -- 4/20/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 19 April
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 4, Omaha (KAN) 5
Record: 7-7, tied for 1st

SP Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 6 IP, 6 H (3 HR), 4 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.45 ERA
DH Preston Beck: 2-4
2B Drew Robinson: 1-4, walk

Robinson has reached 15 times in seven games (.429 OBP).  He's not the type to maintain his current .310 batting average, but he will draw enough walks to keep his OBP at a useful level when he slumps with the stick. 

Texas outrighted Opening Day starter Tyler Wagner.  He managed five scoreless innings then but didn't really dazzle.  His subsequent outings ended poorly (7.71 ERA). 

Texas signed infielder Josh Wilson from the indy Atlantic League.  Wilson played with the Rangers in 2014.  He doesn't hit much but can play just about anywhere.  3B Will Middlebrooks suffered a broken hand on a hit-by-pitch.

AA: Frisco 8, at Tulsa (LAD) 7
Record: 6-6, 2 GB

SP Ariel Jurado: 5.1 IP, 9 H (2 HR), 5 R, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 SO, 7.47 ERA
RP Clayton Cook: 2 scoreless IP, 2 H, 2 SO, 1.13 ERA
LF Drew Vettleson: 2-5, HR (2)
DH Eric Aguilera: 2-4, HR (2), walk
RF Luke Tendler: 2-5, double
1B Royce Bolinger: 3-3, walk

Bolinger drove in pinch-runner Matt Lipka in the 9th, saving the Riders the possible indignity of losing a game they'd once led 7-0.  It's a big year for Bolinger (.296/.375/.444), who's 26 and missed all of 2015 to a knee injury.  Tendler hasn't gone deep yet but should soon; his 23 homers last year weren't mere figments of High Desert's imagination.

Jurado generated 13 grounders on 19 balls in play, as is customary.  Unfortunately, two balls weren't in play because they left the yard, and Jurado gift first base to four batters, something that happened only twice in 24 outings last year. 

High-A: Down East 2, at Potomac (WAS) 6
Record: 7-7, 3 GB

SP Pedro Payano: 4.1 IP, 9 H (1 HR), 4 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 4.50 ERA
LF Eduard Pinto: 3-4
CF Ledarious Clark: 2-3, HR (1), walk
RF Jairo Beras: 2-4, double
3B Josh Altmann: 2-4, double

Strange to list so many hitters yet only two scored.  Down East stranded eight (not a terrible number) and lost three more on the bases.  Pinto was picked off first and later nabbed trying to advance from first to third on a Clark single.  Beras was generous enough to reach twice within a few hours of me mentioning how poorly he'd hit lately.  He's up to .208/.269/.438 overall.  Clark already has seven walks, half of his total during 82 impatient games with Hickory. 

Low-A: at Hickory 5, West Virginia (PIT) 8
Record: 5-9, 4 GB

SP Jonathan Hernandez: 4 IP, 8 H (1 HR), 5 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 5.40 ERA
RP Reid Anderson: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2.25 ERA
RF Jose Almonte: 2-4
SS Anderson Tejeda: 2-4, double
LF Franklin Rollin: 2-4, triple
2B Yeyson Yrizarri: 2-3, double, HR (2), walk

Wednesday was rough on every starting pitcher in the organization. 

Yrizarri is off to a very slow start (.102/.154/.265) but did collect his second homer.  He hit seven last year while batting .269/.292/.389.  Tejeda returned to action after missing few games because of a hit-by-pitch.

Hickory batters have exactly four times as many strikeouts (144) as walks (36).  Yanio Perez, with 11 strikeouts and 7 walks, is the only regular with a ratio lower than 3:1. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Round Rock's Tommy Mendonca caught his first and only game in affiliated baseball.  He'd learned the position during the spring, and I thought he might be in for occasional duty a la Kiner-Falefa and Morgan.  Instead, Mendonca didn't debut until two weeks in.  I saw the game in person, and he seemed adequate to me, but for whatever reasons the experiment ended immediately.  Texas released the 2009 2nd-rounder after the season, and he's spent most of the last four years in indy ball.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Eddie Gamboa
AA: Yohander Mendez
High-A: Jeff Springs
Low-A: Kyle Cody

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