The Farm Report -- 5/19/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 18 May
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 4, at Reno (ARI) 14
Record: 16-25, 10 GB

SP Tyler Wagner: 6 IP, 9 H (3 HR), 10 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, 7.94 ERA
CF Drew Robinson: 2-4, walk, .221/.336/.311
DH Ronald Guzman: 1-3, 2 walks, .320/.385/.477
C Brett Nicholas: 2-5, triple, .333/.388/.514
LF Drew Stubbs: 0-1, 3 walks

I don't know why I thought the western road trip ended Wednesday.  Would that it did, as Round Rock was beaten soundly again.  All told, they went 2-6 and were outscored 63-29.  Drew Robinson picked an unfortunate spot for a deep slump, going 0-for-26 on the trip until yesterday.

More on the homers, and then I'm going to try to leave this alone for a while.  Best as I can tell, the team record for most homers allowed in PCL history is 304 by the 1974 Sacramento Solons, who played in a converted track-and-field stadium with a left-field foul pole 233 feet from home plate.  Confining ourselves to non-ludicrous stadia, a more realistic record belongs to the 2004 Albuquerque Isotopes with 209.  Relative to the league average, I estimate the 2000 Omaha Golden Spikes to be the PCL's worst (again ignoring Sacto), with their 184 homers coming in at 32% above the league average.

The Express, meanwhile, are on pace for 233 homers allowed, and their current rate is 76% above the league average.

AA: at Frisco 6, Midland (OAK) 5
Record: 18-22, 5 GB

SP Collin Wiles: 6 IP, 8 H (1 HR), 4 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3.02 ERA
3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa: 3-4, double, .296/.356/.341
LF Jose Cardona: 2-4, SB (7), .318/.362/.426
1B Juremi Profar: 3-4, double, .275/.329/.385
Video Highlights

Collin Wiles yielded four runs for the first time all season while displaying his usual excellent control.  A three-run homer in the 1st was a bit unlucky, as the two runners on based reached on soft contact, and 1B Viosergy Rosa then took full advantage of a stiff wind to launch an oppo fly over the fence in left.  Still, homers have troubled Wiles at times, and in fact he has more of those on his ledger than walks (6).

Wiles threw an 87-90 MPH fastball with some cut, 81-86 slider, 73-79 curve and low-80s change.  The curve didn't appear until his second time through the order and was a nice addition.  It tends to curl glove-side like a slider.  I didn't see many changes, although an earlier one fooled the batter badly.  I've seen reports of higher fastball velocity from Wiles in the past, but in any case, he's not going to overpower people.  Continued develop of his breakers and change will be key.  He does a good job of mixing up his pitches and exudes a relaxed confidence on the mound.  The 22-year-old was a compensation pick in 2012.

Adam Loewen and Cody Palmquist threw scoreless innings, while Clayton Cook, struggling with his control lately, walked two straight to open the 9th and was pulled for lefty Shane McCain, who retired three straight and stranded the critical tail runner.

Luke Tendler (0-4) twice made some of the hardest contact of the night with nothing to show for it.  He also made two diving catches in right.

Opposing hurler Corey Walter carried a 1.03 ERA into the game with only four runs allowed all season.  It took a few innings, but the Riders finally got a read on the sinker specialist and doubled his run total.  Midland also made three unsightly mistakes in the field.

High-A: Down East 5, at Carolina (MIL) 7
Record: 15-25, 9.5 GB

SP Emerson Martinez: 6 IP, 8 H (2 HR), 5 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 5.63 ERA
2B Luis La O: 2-3, HR (4)
DH Michael O'Neill: 1-4, HR (4), SB (12)
3B Josh Altmann: 2-4, HR (4)

Another late comeback fell short, although the Ducks didn't waddle into the 9th with just one hit like Wednesday.  The homers from Altmann and O'Neill shaved three runs off Carolina's lead in the 9th, and La O went deep in the 6th.  O'Neill (Paul's nephew and also a former Yankee) leads the organization by a healthy margin with 12 stolen bases.

Low-A: Hickory 6, at Kannapolis (CHW) 4
Record: 16-23, 8 GB

SP Mike Matuella: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 10.80 ERA
RP Sal Mendez: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 4.08 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 2-5, .287/.335/.433
1B Yanio Perez: 2-5, triple, HR (9), .356/.429/.630
C Richard Valencia: 1-4, HR (1), .288/.355/.424
3B Ti'Quan Forbes: 2-4, .247/.285/.400

Mike Matuella completed his three innings on a reasonable 52 pitches.  No matter how well he pitches, his ERA is going to show last week's 0.2-inning, six-run bruising for a while, so don't get hung up on it.

Perez connected on a triple in the 1st and organization-leading ninth homer in the 3rd, but he'd come no closer to a cycle.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Myrtle Beach's Jared Hoying (.310/.370/.500) hit his third homer and doubled.  Jurickson Profar's hitting streak reached 28, nine short of the Texas League record (Bobby Trevino, 1969).

Today's Starters:
AAA: Dillon Gee
AA: Connor Sadzeck
High-A: Wes Benjamin
Low-A: Arredondo / Anderson

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