The Farm Report -- 5/9/2018

Per local reports, RHP Kyle Cody may avoid surgery. Cody strained his elbow ligament in spring training, but the Rangers have attempted rest-and-rehab rather than immediately subjecting him to the knife. Results have been promising, and if all continues well, he could return in July. The same ETA applies to lefty Joe Palumbo, who underwent Tommy John surgery a year ago.

Texas bumped catcher Melvin Novoa and OF Eric Jenkins from Hickory to Down East. The 21-year-old Novoa made his full-season debut only a month ago and batted .322/.378/.478 in 24 games. Jenkins, on the other hand, has 230 low-A games to his credit and didn't hit nearly as well as hoped until this season. I've been pining for a .333 OBP from Jenkins, and he leaves the Sally League with a line of .291/.339/.447 plus a league-leading 16 steals.

Replacing them in Hickory are (drum roll...) first-round OF Bubba Thompson and 1B Tyreque Reed. Reed's absence from Hickory's Opening Day roster was a real head-scratcher, but the Rangers simply didn't have room for him at the outset with so many catchers needing to sub at 1B to get extra at-bats. Likewise, Thompson had to wait behind several Spokane graduates and Jenkins. (In late March, I expected Thompson in Hickory and Jenkins getting a sink-or-swim assignment to Down East despite the lack of results in low-A.)

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Tuesday 8 May

Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 2, New Orleans (MIA) 10
Record: 11-22, 10 GB

SP Tyler Wagner: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 4.68 ERA
RP Connor Sadzeck: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 SO, 5.40 ERA
DH Andy Ibanez: 2-4, double, .293/.363/.391

Rehabbing Rougned Odor singled in four trips to the plate. Connor Sadzeck has been roughed up in two straight appearances. On Saturday, he walked four of six batters faced, and last night, five of seven batters singled.

AA: at Frisco 3, Midland (LAA) 0
Record: 7-25, 15 GB

SP Wes Benjamin: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 3.94 ERA
RP Reed Garrett: 1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO, 3.60 ERA
RP John Fasola: 1 IP, 0 R, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
LF Hunter Cole: 2-4, 2 HR (6), .325/.421/.535
C Carlos Garay: 3-4, double

Four Riders combined on a four-hit shutout. Wes Benjamin has kept his team in the game in five of six starts and reached six innings in three straight. John Fasola hasn't allowed a run in five appearances since returning from Tommy John surgery. Brady Feigl ran his scoreless streak to 15.1 innings. Reed Garrett is starting from scratch after a terrible first month.

Frisco's injury-hampered offense is scoring about 30% fewer runs than the park-adjusted league average, so it could use the help. Hunter Cole has 80 total bases on hits, walks and HBPs. No other Rider has more than 47. The 25-year-old Cole spent the previous two seasons at AA Richmond with decent if unexceptional production. Sometimes used as a super-utility player in San Francisco's organization, he's played nothing but corner outfield as a Ranger. I suppose Texas will promote him to Round Rock at some point to see what he can do there. The Rangers acquired him belatedly for Sam Dyson over the offseason.

High-A: at Down East 5, Myrtle Beach (CHC) 3
Record: 16-16, 3 GB

SP Edgar Arredondo: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 3.26 ERA
RP CD Pelham: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 1.98 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 1-4, HR (2), .250/.351/.371
SS Anderson Tejeda: 1-4, HR (5), .248/.326/.446

Edgar Arredondo scattered eight runners and got an assist from reliever Lock St. John, who left the bases loaded in the 6th. Since a two-inning, three-run outing on April 14th, CD Pelham has 8.2 scoreless innings with a 39% strikeout rate. The only downside is walks, six of them. Pelham's control has never been better than adequate, but to date, he's allowed so few hits that the free passes rarely advance beyond first base.

Anderson Tejeda's ten homers in 66 games are what brought him to our attention back in 2016. After hitting eight in Hickory's tougher environment last year, he's already up to five this season.

Low-A: off

Hickory DL'ed Pedro Gonzalez. He had been pulled immediately after grounding into a double play in Monday's doubleheader.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Round Rock's Jurickson Profar went 3-5 the day after having to call for the trainer in the middle of an at-bat. Profar mildly hyperextended his thumb fouling off a pitch but obviously recovered quickly.

Today's Starters:
AAA: David Hurlbut
AA: off
High-A: Jonathan Hernandez
Low-A: Tyree Thompson


Jamey Newberg

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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