The Farm Report -- 8/12/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 11 August
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 11, at OKC (LAD) 8
Record: 55-62, 22 GB

SP Clayton Blackburn: 3.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 5.84 ERA
RP Anthony Bass: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 4.06 ERA
SS Jurickson Profar: 2-4, HR (6), walk
LF Willie Calhoun: 2-4, walk
3B Will Middlebrooks: 2-4, walk

The Express scored ten in the 6th on a basket full of singles, three walks and two errors. Profar walked and singled in the inning, while Willie Calhoun and Wil Middlebrooks both singled twice. Profar also homered in the 1st and has six hits and two walks in 12 trips to the plate off the DL.

More often than not, Blackburn has been decent or better, but the "not" outings have mangled his ERA. 

AA: Frisco 1, at NW Arkansas (KAN) 2
Record: 20-28, 7.5 GB

SP Yohander Mendez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.79 ERA
RP Pedro Payano: 5 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 2 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 4.06 ERA
SS Luis Marte: 1-3, HR (4)

Mendez pitched two innings by design, having just returned from a stint on the DL with a sore neck. Payano was solid behind him. Frisco put the lead runner on in five innings but plated none.

High-A: Down East 6, at Buies Creek (HOU) 4
Record: 24-24, 7.5 GB

SP Steven Bruce: 7.2 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 4 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 6 SO, 6.52 ERA
DH Luis La O: 1-3, double, walk
3B Yanio Perez: 2-4
SS Ti'Quan Forbes: 1-3, double, walk

Flower Mound native Steven Bruce threw 71 of 99 pitches for strikes in an lengthy effort for high-A. Reliever Jose Valdespina couldn't keep two inherited runners from scoring but worked a clean 9th. Third baseman Ti'Quan Forbes has played third only once this month. Suddenly, he's become a fairly regular shortstop. Meanwhile, Yanio Perez is seeing much more action at third, a position he barely touched in Hickory.

Second-place Down East plays nine more games against division-leading Buies Creek and 13 against everyone else. They probably need to win seven of those nine to have any hope of a comeback. The Astros have had one game cancelled, which works in their favor.

Low-A: Hickory 15, at Columbia (NYM) 2
Record: 28-20, tied for 1st

SP A.J. Alexy: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 1.13 ERA
RP Jake Lemoine: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 3.07 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 3-6, double, triple
DH Alex Kowalczyk: 4-6
C Ricardo Valencia: 2-5, walk
SS Anderson Tejeda: 1-2, HR (), 3 walks
3B Brendon Davis: 2-4, walk

Like his first time out as a Ranger, A.J. Alexy was effective despite numerous walks. The offense erupted for 25 baserunners. Leody Taveras missed the cycle by a homer and has reached safely ten times in the last three days. Anderson Tejeda got that homer, his first since May 7th, a shocking dry spell following last year's 19 dingers. He also drew three walks for the second time this year. Alex Kowalczyk has 12 hits in his last four games.

Short-A: Spokane , at Eugene (CHC)
Record: 9-7, tied for 1st

SP Hever Bueno: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 7 SO, 3.86 ERA
RP Alex Speas: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 SO, 7.96 ERA
RP Joe Barlow: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2.10 ERA
CF Miguel Aparicio: 2-4, walk
3B Kole Enright: 2-4, HR (3)

Yet another tough loss. In the 10th, Chris Singleton reached on a strikeout/passed ball and eventually scored on a hard Ramsey Romano grounder that just eluded pitcher Joe Barlow.  A hit-by-pitch and walk contributed to Eugene's other two runs. Spokane fanned 17 of 41 batters faced (41%). Enright homered for the second game in a row and scored the other run after a single.

Rookie: Rangers 6, at Royals 0
Record: 7-3, +1.5 G

SP Adrian Sampson : 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 4.26 ERA
CF Bubba Thompson: 2-3, HR (2), 2 SB (4), 2 HBP
SS Yonny Hernandez: 1-4, double, walk, 2 SB (7)
LF Marcus Mack: 2-3, walk, SB (11)

Bubba Thompson reached four times, swiped two bases and hit his second homer. Following the rehabbing Adrian Sampson were undrafted Wes Robertson (1.1 IP, 3 SO), 22nd-rounder Kyle Keith (1.2 IP, 2 SO) and 32-year-old Xavier Paul (1 IP).

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Round Rock's Leonys Martin hit a two-run homer, double, and run-scoring 9th-inning single. Hickory's Nick Martinez threw six scoreless.

Today's Starters:
AA: Richelson Pena
High-A: Emerson Martinez
Low-A: Edgar Arredondo
Short-A: Cole Ragans
Rookie: TBA

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