Texas's full-season squads have already won more games than during 2017 and 2018:
2017: 252-305 (.452)
2018: 254-302 (.457)
2019: 258-209 (.552)
Rangers Farm Report: Games of Sunday 11 August
AAA: Nashville 2, at Sacramento (SFO) 3
Record: 51-66, 12 GB
SP Tim Dillard: 5.1 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 1 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 4.72 ERA
RP Joe Barlow: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 SO, 8.10 ERA
1B Ronald Guzman: 1-4, HR (3), .255/.356/.490
Joe Barlow pitched his second perfect inning in ten outings.
Tim Dillard has pitched his most innings since 2009.
Texas sent infielder Juremi Profar back to Frisco. He deserved the late-June promotion, but with the subsequent appearances of Ronald Guzman and Nick Solak, Nashville had up to seven other infielders vying for four positions.
AA: at Frisco 6, Amarillo (SDG) 0
Record: 25-23, 2.5 GB, 58-59 overall
SP Jason Bahr: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 3.91 ERA
RP Luke Farrell: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2.25 ERA
CF Leody Taveras: 3-5, triple, .256/.316/.349
RF Eliezer Alvarez: 3-3, 2 doubles, HR (9), walk, .247/.343/.405
3B Ryan Dorow: 1-3, triple, walk, .220/.306/.347
In danger of falling out of postseason contention, Frisco swept the four-game series against division leading Amarillo. The Riders won six of seven on the homestand and allowed only 11 runs.
Jason Bahr has dragged his ERA down from 6.00 to 3.91 over the last five starts. By small margins, he's actually striking out more batters and walking fewer in AA than high-A, and homers haven't troubled him. Bahr was only at 77 pitches through six, but Luke Farrell needed to work.
Leody Taveras isn't hitting for power per se, but he does have a plausible chance of surpassing last year's totals in doubles, triples, and homers:
2018: 16 doubles, 7 triples, 5 homers
2019: 13, 6, 4
Frisco is through with division opponents at home unless it makes the postseason. The Riders visit Corpus and Amarillo this week and conclude against non-division foes. Amarillo won the first-half title and still leads in the second despite the sweep. As of now, Midland would grab the second postseason spot because of its superior overall record, but Frisco is only one-half game back.
High-A: Down East 9, at Frederick (BAL) 7
Record: 30-19, +3.5 G, 80-39 overall
SP Noah Bremer: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 SO, 3.07 ERA
RP Mike Matuella: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO, 3.29 ERA
CF Bubba Thompson: 1-4, walk, SB (9), .203/.279/.333
LF Josh Altmann: 1-3, 2 walks, .188/.389/.323
1B Curtis Terry: 1-3, 2 walks, .359/.417/.587
DH Sam Huff: 3-5, double, HR (12), .276/.338/.472
3B Sherten Apostel: 2-5, .246/.333/.377
Without the benefit of a bouncier ball or high-elevation parks, Sam Huff took the organization lead in homers over Patrick Wisdom and Matt Davidson with his 27th. Huff has the second-most homers among players who haven't spent any time in AAA.
Sherten Apostel advanced his on-base streak to 14 games with a two-run single on the first pitch he saw.
A comfortable margin disappeared in the 8th when Francisco Villegas allowed all four batters faced to score. Mike Matuella and Joe Kuzia then faced seven batters between them with the tying run at the plate on or base, but neither allowed a run.
Low-A: at Hickory 2, Charleston (NYY) 1
Record: 28-20, 3 GB, 69-45 overall
SP Tyree Thompson: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 SO, 3.13 ERA
RP Grant Anderson: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 SO, 3.09 ERA
3B Josh Jung: 1-3, double, walk, .289/.366/.398
CF Miguel Aparicio: 1-2, double, walk, SB (12), .256/.304/.440
Not a must-win, but Hickory needed this game after opening August with seven losses by one or two runs in nine games.
Miguel Aparicio scored both runs without the benefit of any hits from teammates. In the 1nd, he led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an errant pickoff. He then led off the 4th with a walk, stole second, reached third on a balk and scored on a Pedro Gonzalez sac fly. Josh Jung's 3rd-inning double was Hickory's only other hit.
Tyree Thompson has become a fly ball pitcher who doesn't allow any homers. That's not a recipe for long-term success, but in any case, Thompson has excelled at limiting the opposition to singles and walks that don't amount to critical damage. He's also allowed only two stolen bases all season.
Hickory retook the lead for the second playoff spot over Greensboro. The Crawdads have more home games and much worse opposition than the Grasshoppers over the final three weeks.
Short-A: Spokane 17, at Boise (COL) 3
Record: 9-8, +1 G, 31-24 overall
Rookie: Arizona Rangers, August 7-10
8-12 loss (CLE), 7-2 win (MIL), 1-2 loss (SDG), 4-7 loss (OAK)
Record: 8-8, -2 GB, 27-17 overall
SP1/4 Edinson Volquez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
SP2 Dylan Bice: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
SP3 Destin Dotson: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1.47 ERA
RP Spencer Mraz: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0.79 ERA
RP Leon Hunter: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1.80 ERA
RP Jamarcus Lang: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 9.00 ERA
RP Glen Richardson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 3 SO, 3.74 ERA
RF/1B Heriberto Hernandez: 5-17, 2 doubles, 2 HR (9), walk, HBP, SB (3), .351/.445/.669
3B/2B Keyber Rodriguez: 3-8, double, triple, 3 walks, .258/.331/.483
3B Yenci Pena: 3-14, triple, HR (3), 2 walks, HBP, .250/.369/.424
SS Osleivis Basabe: 4-13, 2 walks, SB (3), .327/.368/.409
2B Cody Freeman: 4-12, walk, SB (6), .258/.381/.312
Most games have played out like March intersquads, with up to seven pitchers sharing the workload, but on Friday we had an old-fashioned affair, with both the Rangers and Padres employing only two. Destin Dotson threw a career-high six innings, and while I haven't checked, I'd guess his is the longest outing by the Texas rookie leaguer this year. Dotson still has yet to allow a homer in 30.2 innings, and opponents are slugging only .265 against him.
Edinson Volquez led off with scoreless innings on Wednesday and Saturday. You probably read the reports that he wants to leave on his own terms. I'm sure Texas wants to accommodate him, but doing so will probably require someone's 40-man spot. An open spot exists now, but Yohander Mendez and Luke Farrell are also in line to come off the 60-day IL before long. Active rosters expand in September, but the 40-man does not.
Heriberto Hernandez leads the league in total bases on hits with 103. Fold in the walks and HBPs and he's provided 130 bases in 40 games. He turns 20 in December, and I'm hopeful he can bypass Spokane in 2020. As for the others listed, I'd say Rodriguez and Basabe would be likeliest to join Hickory next April, but Texas will have many more infielders than available spots, so Spokane seems more probable.
4th-round middle infielder Cody Freeman has more walks (17) than strikeouts (16). He chose the Rangers over Baylor.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Half of the system was off. I mostly wrote about Wilmer Font, who, as it transpired, would pitch his final game in the Texas organization three days earlier. His velocity had dipped into the lower-90s, insufficient for someone who still hadn't developed much of a complimentary pitch, and he was shut down with elbow trouble. Font spent all of 2015 in the independent Can-Am league before rejoining affiliated ball. He's still around and having a terrific August with the Blue Jays, tonight's opponent.
AAA: Seth Maness
AA: Ronald Herrera
Low-A: Abdiel Mendoza
Short-A: Theo McDowell