Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 10 August
AAA: Nashville 13, at Sacramento (SFO) 3
Record: 51-65, 11 GB
SP Wes Benjamin: 7 IP, 5 H (3 HR), 3 R, 0 BB, 7 SO, 6.01 ERA
DH Zack Granite: 3-4, walk
2B Andy Ibanez: 1-4, HR (15), walk
CF Scott Heineman: 1-4, HR (7), HBP
LF Nick Solak: 3-5, HR (8)
RF Patrick Wisdom: 2-3, 2 HR (26), 2 walks
SS Christian Lopes: 1-5, HR (3)
Nashville hit six homers, including the eighth from Nick Solak in 22 games in the organization and two more from Patrick Wisdom, who is batting .500/.556/1.542 with eight homers in his last six games. And here I was talking about how Fresno and Sacramento weren't the real hitter heavens in the western half of the PCL. (They aren't!)
Wisdom, Matt Davidson and Sam Huff have an organization-leading 26 on the season. Solak has 25, mostly with AAA Durham.
Sacramento starter Justin Haley pitched in America for the first time in 2019 after being released from Korea's Samsung squad. Nobody warned him about the new and "improved" ball, I'd bet, or he might've signed on with the Atlantic League instead. Haley allowed three homers and seven runs in 2.2 innings.
AA: at Frisco 6, Amarillo (SDG) 2
Record: 24-23, 3.5 GB, 57-59 overall
SP Edgar Arredondo: 4.2 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 2 R, 5 BB, 3 SO, 4.07 ERA
RP Yohander Mendez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.00 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 2-4, double
DH Andretty Cordero: 3-4, double, HR (14)
Leody Taveras is hitting .246/.309/.329, nearly identical to his 2018 Down East line.
Yohander Mendez threw a season-high three innings on just 36 pitches. I don't know what Texas intends for him down the stretch. To my mind, he's pitching for a continued role in the organization, not a specific use. With the additional velocity shown lately, relief is a more valid proposition than I would have thought previously.
Andretty Cordero drove in three and owns the league lead with 73. The 22-year-old doesn't walk much but has been a steady .270 with decent power in three years of full-season ball. After 2020, he can declare free agency.
High-A: Down East 4, at Frederick (BAL) 2
Record: 29-19, +3.5 G, 79-39 overall
SP Alex Eubanks: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 3.05 ERA
RP Cole Uvila: 2 IP, 0 R, 5 SO, 2.61 ERA
1B Curtis Terry: 1-4, HR (8)
3B Sherten Apostel: 1-2, HR (1), 2 walks
No four-game losing streak. Eubanks was his usual steady self, Uvila threw strikes, Terry went deep, and Apostel stretched his on-base streak to 13 games (.333/.467/.583). All is right in the world.
Apostel will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft if unprotected. I'm sure Texas would prefer to use 40-man spots on more immediate needs, but he's venturing into that "not ready for MLB but must be protected anyway" zone.
Low-A: at Hickory 9, Charleston (NYY) 10
Record: 27-20, 3 GB, 68-45 overall
SP Cole Winn: 3.2 IP, 4 H (2 HR), 3 R, 4 BB, 6 SO, 5.68 ERA
2B Jax Biggers: 2-5, double
LF Ryan Anderson: 2-5, double, SB (6)
DH Melvin Novoa: 1-3, HR (8), walk
SS Jonathan Ornelas: 2-2
After a profusion of low-scoring losses, Hickory has plated 17 the last two nights to no avail. Tai Tiedemann (3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R) suffered his worst night since April, and usually reliable reliever Lucas Jacobsen gave up four runs on a season-high five hits in two innings. The Crawdads led 7-1 after four.
For the first time in a while, Greensboro holds the second playoff spot over Hickory. Delmarva threatens to win both division halves, leaving the Crawdads and Grasshoppers to fight for the right to play Delmarva via the next-best overall record.
Cole Winn's six strikeouts tied a season-high, as did the two homers. He had his moments, good and bad. The fastball was in the 92-95 range.
Frainyer Chavez exited not long after apparently hurting himself running the bases, replaced by Jonathan Ornelas.
Ryan Anderson batted .254/.330/.373 in 51 short-season games during last season and this. Since the promotion to Hickory: .295/.370/.558. He's a 23-year-old corner outfielder, so he'll go where the bat carries him.
Short-A: Spokane vs. Tri-City, August 8-10
7-6 win, 9-2 win, 3-8 loss
Record: 8-8, +1 G, 30-24 overall
SP1 Joshua Javier: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.90 ERA
SP2 Zak Kent: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 7.15 ERA
SP3 Luis Tejada: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SO, 3.45 ERA
RP Billy Layne: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.01 ERA
RP Jeifry Nunez: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 3.15 ERA
RP Daniel Robert: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0.34 ERA
RP Triston Polley: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2.16 ERA
1B Blaine Crim: 5-13, double, walk, .344/.401/.523
LF/1B Alexander Ovalles: 3-7, double, walk, .192/.290/.308
3B Jonah McReynolds: 3-6, double, HR (5), 2 walks, .238/.323/.399
SS Derwin Barreto: 3-8, HR (1), .200/.300/.286
The first game entertained the most. Down 6-5 in the 9th, Spokane tied it when pinch-runner Starling Joseph scored from first after Tri-City pitcher Deivy Mendez threw away Derwin Barreto's bunt attempt. Then, Barreto scored on a Jake Hoover double. The throw home beat him handily but was well off line, and he sneaked under the diving catcher's tag.
Joshua Javier was pulled after 29 pitches in the 1st. Javier also lasted only two innings and 59 pitches last time out. He'd routinely been throwing 75-80 pitches. In a seven-man rotation, that has to be extra frustrating for him.
Relievers outlasted the starters in all three games. Billy Layne has 28 strikeouts versus just five walks in 23 innings. Daniel Robert allowed a run on two doubles in his professional debut. Since then: 25.2 scoreless innings, five walks, 36 strikeouts. Mostly a position player previously, Robert threw all of 15.2 innings in four years at Auburn.
Blaine Crim (.344/.401/.523) is hitting as he did at Mississippi College, which is terrific because the Northwest League is much tougher than the Gulf South Conference, and I'm not knocking the Gulf South. Pro baseball is really hard. Plenty of good college players never reach full-season ball. I expect Crim will.
Alexander Ovalles had a nice series after a slow intro to the Northwest League.
Rookie: Rangers 4, Athletics Green 7
Record: 8-8, 2 GB
Next report: Monday
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Spokane's Derek Thompson, Shane McCain, Adam Parks and Luis Pollorena combined on an 11-inning no-hitter. Frisco carried a no-hitter into the 7th, mostly via Chi Chi Gonzalez. Round Rock's five-game series at Nashville consisted of three rainouts and two doubleheaders; the Express lost everything to fall from one game to five back of the division leader.