The Farm Report -- 8/11/2017

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 10 August
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 2, at Col. Springs (MIL) 4 (7)
Record: 54-62, 23 GB

SP Tyler Wagner: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 6 SO, 6.49 ERA
RP Tayler Scott: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
SS Jurickson Profar: 3-3, double, walk
DH Travis Snider: 1-2, HR (8), walk

Jurickson Profar improved to .307/.395/.458 overall. Willie Calhoun threw out one runner at third and another at the plate from left field. At least on the tv replay, both runners appeared to be testing his perceived weakness in the field, but Calhoun foiled them with perfectly located throws.

The second game of the doubleheader was rained out, the second of four lost in absurdly wet Colorado Springs. Contra what I said yesterday, my understanding is that these games will be made up in Round Rock only if they impact the standings. That seems unlikely. The Express are already on the verge of elimination by the Dodger-esque Memphis Redbirds (78-40), while the Sky Sox lead their division by 7.5 games.

New San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg reiterated the lack of movement on a new home for the soon-to-be AAA San Antonio Missions, and, for his part, exclaimed "we are a big league city" that doesn't need to invest in minor league sports. San Antonio is one of about 140 cities vying for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise, and a proposed development deal for a new downtown stadium collapsed during last year's budget process because of funding and other issues. Bexar County might have its own ideas, and who knows, perhaps some suburbs or an adjoining county could get involved. That said, a downtown baseball stadium looks to be completely off the table, and the long-term future of baseball in San Antonio is hazy. The Missions-owning Elmore Group, never the most talkative bunch, hasn't commented on Nirenberg's statement to my knowledge. The Rangers are the most likely partner for the Missions after their affiliation with Round Rock expires in September 2018.

AA: Frisco 3, at Arkansas (SEA) 1
Record: 20-27, 7.5 GB

SP Collin Wiles: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 3.95 ERA
RP Connor Sadzeck: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 6.38 ERA
RP Reed Garrett: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 5.37 ERA
2B Andy Ibanez: 2-4
CF Jose Cardona: 2-4, double

Collin Wiles is back the better form of April and May. He and his bullpen pals didn't allow a hit after the 3rd. In roughly the same number of innings, Wiles' strikeouts have increased from 72 in 2015 to 80 last year to 98 right now.

San Antonio won the division's first half and leads the second by five games, so the other postseason team from the South Division will probably come down to second-best overall record. Frisco (51-66) trails both Corpus Christi (56-60) and Midland (56-61) in that regard.

High-A: at Down East 2, Wilmington (KAN) 5 (10)
Record: 23-24, 8.5 GB

SP Jonathan Hernandez: 6 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 SO, 4.04 ERA
RP Jacob Shortslef: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 5.21 ERA
RP Jeff Springs: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 4.22 ERA
LF Josh Altmann: 2-3, double, walk

Hernandez carried a no-hitter into the 6th before giving up two runs after a leadoff infield single. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Roman Collins hit a sac fly that also advanced the trail runner. In attempting to appeal that the runner left early, Hernandez overthrew second, allowing another run to score. I don't know if I've come across that before.

Jeff Springs as a reliever: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 15 SO.

Low-A: Hickory 5, at Columbia (NYM) 0
Record: 27-20, tied for 1st

SP Christian Torres: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.98 ERA
RP Jairo Beras: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 6.30 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 2-3, 2 walks, SB (17)
DH Alex Kowalczyk: 3-5, double
1B Andretty Cordero: 2-5

Christian Torres matched Jonathan Hernandez's six one-hit innings and absent the walks. He Jairo Beras and Sal Mendez combined on a three-hit shutout of the Tebow-less Fireflies.

Hickory (27-20) is percentage points behind Hagerstown (26-19), which has played two fewer games because of rain. Those won't be rescheduled. So, flaky as it sounds, Hickory needs to win two more games than Hagerstown to take the division. I won't bore you with the math. As to whether the league would allow the division to be decided under such circumstances, well, it already has; in the first half, Kannapolis (39-29, .574) inched by Lakewood (40-30, .571) with the benefit of two cancellations.

Short-A: Spokane 2, at Everett (SEA) 3
Record: 9-6, +1 G

SP Tai Tiedemann: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 4.21 ERA
CF Miguel Aparicio: 2-5, triple
RF Chad Smith: 2-4, double
3B Kole Enright: 1-3, HR (2), walk

Another frustrating loss, as the Indians managed one hit with runners in scoring position, committed a late error than contributed to the final margin, and couldn't capitalize on a two-on, none-out start to the 9th. Tai Tiedemann avoided the walks that have occasionally troubled him, and Miguel Aparicio and Chad Smith extended their recent on-base excellence.

Rookie: at Rangers 4, Giants 6
Record: 6-3, +1 G

SP Derek Heffel: 5 IP, 6 H (1 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2.37 ERA
1B Stephen Lohr: 1-4, HR (2)

The Rangers were limited to five hits, all singles save Lohr's blast. Bubba Thompson (.250/.316/.423) is 0-8 with a walk and six strikeouts in his last two games.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Rookie Nomar Mazara (.250/.389/.444) hit his fifth homer and drew his 31st walk in 40 games. For the second night in a row, Joey Gallo was 0-2 with three walks. Hickory's Andrew Faulkner fanned seven in 5.2 scoreless innings.

Today's Starters:
AAA: Clayton Blackburn
AA: Yohander Mendez
High-A: Stephen Bruce
Low-A: A.J. Alexy
Short-A: Hever Bueno
Rookie: TBA

Scott Lucas
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