The Farm Report -- 5/10/2018

MLB: walk-off homer by Nomar Mazara
AAA: walk-off double by Hanser Alberto
Hi-A: walk-off homer by Charles Leblanc
Lo-A: walk-off homer by Tyreque Reed

Hit it harder next time, Hanser.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 9 May
Box Scores

AAA: at Round Rock 5, New Orleans (MIA) 4
Record: 12-22, 10 GB

SP David Hurlbut: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 7 SO, 4.76 ERA
RP Tim Lincecum: 1 IP, 2 H (1 HR), 1 R, 1 SO, 13.50 ERA
RP Ricardo Rodriguez: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
LF Willie Calhoun: 2-4, double, .260/.324/.386
RF Scott Heineman: 2-4, .250/.305/.354

Staked a two-run lead, long-ago ex-Ranger Jumbo Diaz retired Willie Calhoun and Tommy Joseph to begin the 9th. Then, Cameron Rupp singled, Jose Cardona singled, Nick Noonan was hit by a pitch, and Hanser Alberto gapped left-center to plate all three of them.

Tim Lincecum surrendered a homer to the first batter he faced and a later single. He threw 10 of 13 pitches for strikes. 2B Rougned Odor went 0-3 with a walk. Ricky Rodriguez allowed a single and struck out one in a scoreless 8th.

AA: off

RHP Collin Wiles underwent Tommy John surgery a few days ago. Wiles was drafted 53rd overall in 2012 and has methodically climbed the ladder over seven seasons. Wiles already could become a minor league free agent at season's end, but now he might not be ready to throw in a real game until 2020. If he's thrown his last pitch as a Ranger, he finished strong, retiring six Missions in a row including strikeouts of Fernando Tatis Jr. and Josh Naylor.

High-A: at Down East 4, Myrtle Beach (CHC) 2 (10)
Record: 17-16, 3 GB

SP Jonathan Hernandez: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2.10 ERA
RP James Jones: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 2.10 ERA
3B Charles Leblanc: 2-4, 2 HR (7), HBP, .315/.370/.589

Chuck Leblanc hit a solo homer in the 2nd and a walk-off three-run shot in the 10th after Myrtle Beach had claimed its first lead.

Leblanc has six homers in his last ten games. In his previous 255 games, stretching back to his first days at Pittsburgh, he hit a total of 11. That's what you'd call a breakout. Leblanc was drafted in 2016's 4th round as a contact/OBP-oriented shortstop. Moving off shortstop was near-certain, and he did so after his rookie campaign. The question was how he'd hit, and in his first two seasons he was just okay. Looking back at my March cheat sheet, I'd expected him to receive a high-A assignment to start the season, but I wouldn't have been surprised at more time in Hickory.

Hernandez calmly dispatched the Pelicans with a season-low four strikeouts. In their high-A debuts, DH Melvin Novoa singled once and LF Eric Jenkins was 0-3.

Low-A: at Hickory 11, Columbia (NYM) 10
Record: 10-19, 9.5 GB

SP Tyree Thompson: 4 IP, 8 H (2 HR), 6 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, 6.75 ERA
RP Dario Beltre: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 SO, 6.75 ERA
CF Bubba Thompson: 2-5
RF Miguel Aparicio: 2-3, double, walk, .230/.284/.360
DH Tyler Ratliff: 2-4, walk, .239/.309/.341
PH Tyreque Reed: 1-1, HR (1)

Tyreque Reed made his 2018 and full-season debut as a pinch-hitter in the 9th of a tie game. After taking two balls and fouling off one, he sent pitch #4 over the wall in left-center. Still 20 years old for a few weeks, Reed was ready for low-A in April but had to wait his turn, as Hickory already had Sam Huff, Melvin Novoa and Yohel Pozo in a C/1B/DH timeshare. Last year's 8th-rounder batted .350/.455/.617 in Arizona as a rookie. He played a little outfield there but his future is at first.

Also debuting was first-rounder CF Bubba Thompson, who singled twice and reached on an error from the leadoff spot.

Columbia took advantage of Tyree Thompson and Demarcus Evans (0.2 IP, 2 R, 4 BB) to forge an 8-2 lead in the 5th. Hickory stormed back with six in the 6th and two more in the 7th. Josh Advocate and Sal Mendez couldn't maintain a two-run lead in the top of the 9th, setting up Reed's heroics.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
In Myrtle Beach, 19-year-old 2B Rougned Odor was 3-4, with a triple, walk, four runs scored and three driven in. Luke Jackson whiffed six in five scoreless innings.

Today's Starters:
AAA: David Ledbetter
AA: Pedro Payano
High-A: Mike Matuella
Low-A: Alex Eubanks


Jamey Newberg

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Scott Lucas

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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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