Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 9 August
AAA: Nashville 5, at Fresno (WAS) 1
Record: 50-65, 11 GB
SP Joe Palumbo: 5 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 1 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 3.43 ERA
RP Wei-Chieh Huang: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 5.14 ERA
CF Scott Heineman: 1-2, 2 walks
LF Nick Solak: 2-4, HR (7)
DH Patrick Wisdom: 3-4, double, HR (24)
Joe Palumbo hasn't been fully unleashed since returning from an ankle injury, but in two starts he's struck out 12 against two walks in 7.2 innings.
Add Wei-Chieh Huang to the long list of relievers I'd like to see in September. He looked sharp before his back injury and is rounding back into form. He lacks premium velocity but can burn hitters with high strikes, particularly when his his changeup is working.
SS Eli White hit the dirt after fouling a ball off his knee. He stayed in for the at-bat but was later removed.
Patrick Wisdom is batting .326/.368/.798 with 12 homers in 23 games since being demoted, but I'm not sure if anything he does can warrant a return to Arlington. The Rangers have one open 40-man spot, but up to three pitchers (Mendez, Farrell, Volzquez) on the 60-day IL could be ready for action in September, plus we have to consider whether non-40 pitchers Joe Barlow or Demarcus Evans could get a shot.
Texas traded reliever Miguel Del Pozo to the Angels for cash.
El Paso scored ten 9th-inning runs, concluding with a pinch-hit grand slam from Esteban Quiroz, to defeat Round Rock 15-12. The Express won the other games in the series 20-12 and 15-11. That homer also gave El Paso the modern PCL HR record with 232.
AA: at Frisco 2, Amarillo (SDG) 1
Record: 23-23, 4.5 GB, 56-59 overall
SP Jonathan Hernandez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 5.38 ERA
RP Collin Wiles: 3 IP, 1 H (1 HR), 1 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 8.44 ERA
RP Demarcus Evans: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1.29 ERA
Jonathan Hernandez opened. None of his relief/open appearance have been scintillating, but he's been consistently effective, a quality absent from his rotation work.
Demarcus Evans allowed runners to second and third with none out but struck out three around an intentional walk for a dramatic save. He's worked three of the last four games, fanning seven in three scoreless innings. After 26 pitches last night, he's more likely to see infielder Ryan Dorow take the mound tonight than himself.
Yonny Hernandez put Frisco ahead in the 8th with a bases-loaded HBP.
High-A: Down East 0, at Frederick (BAL) 1
Record: 28-19, 3.5 GB, 78-39 overall
SP Tim Brennan: 5 IP, 2 H (1 HR), 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2.17 ERA
RP Scott Engler: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1.69 ERA
CF Bubba Thompson: 0-2, 2 walks, SB (8)
1B Curtis Terry: 1-3, walk
Consecutive 1-0 losses. The Woodies drew six walks but couldn't move them home with the bat. Down East will try to avoid its first four-game losing streak tonight.
Low-A: at Hickory 8, Charleston (NYY) 9
Record: 27-19, 2 GB, 68-44 overall
SP Ronny Henriquez: 1.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 5.40 ERA
RP Jesus Linarez: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 SO, 0.64 ERA
3B Josh Jung: 2-3, double, HR (1), 2 HBP
DH Tyreque Reed: 1-5, HR (12)
LF Ryan Anderson: 4-4, 2 doubles, walk
CF Miguel Aparicio: 2-5, double
Ronny Henriquez threw very hard and straight, and Charleston hit the ball very hard and straight. The barely-19 Henriquez is a stark exception to Texas's more careful assignment of pitchers in recent years, so we have to grade him on a curve. Despite the ERA, he's produced an encouraging season. Jesus Linarez's pretty line is sullied by an inability to stranded any of three runners inherited from Henriquez. Two of his three walks came with the bases loaded.
Josh Jung hit his first Sally League homer and second overall. He was removed in the 8th after being hit by a pitch for the second time, but I believe that was more an opportunity to insert a faster runner in a meaningful situation. Jung isn't going to win the team's 40-yard dash, and manager Matt Hagen employs pinch-runners more than I'm used to seeing.
Short-A: at Spokane 9, Tri-City (SDG) 2
Record: 8-7, tied for 1st
Next report: Sunday
Rookie: Rangers 1, Padres1 2
Record: 8-7, 1 GB
Next report: Monday
Five Years Ago Yesterday
In Frisco, a rehabbing Derek Holland threw three scoreless innings, Jake Thompson struck out eight in four innings, Nomar Mazara hit three singles, and Jorge Alfaro went 4-5 with an oppo shot.
AAA: Wes Benjamin
AA: Edgar Arredondo
High-A: Alex Eubanks
Low-A: Cole Winn
Short-A: Leury Tejada