Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 11 August

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 12, at Oklahoma City (LAD) 1
Round Rock: 15 hits, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts
Opponent: 5 hits, 7 walks, 10 strikeouts
Record: 58-50, 4 GB
SP Kolby Allard: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 SO, 84 P / 48 S, 4.08 ERA
RP AJ Alexy: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 6.50 ERA
3B Josh Jung: 2-5
C Sam Huff: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, .266/.355/.553
DH Josh Sale: 3-5, 2B, .261/.376/.471
RF Sandro Fabian: 2-5, HR (1)

The Express have taken the first three games against the division leader. Josh Jung has played third in three straight games and reached safely six times. Of his four balls in play, none was hit softer than 98.1 MPH. That is outstanding.

RHP Hever Bueno has retired. Bueno was in his walk year, drafted in 2016’s 9th round out of Arizona State, but had thrown only 165.1 pro innings over 98 appearances because of injuries, covid, and occasionally debilitating wildness. In his final three outings, Bueno missed on 35 of 54 pitches and walked eight of 11 batters. As to why he maintained a job in the organization with that background, Bueno at times looked like he could pitch in the Majors, sporting a fastball that could touch 100, a mean slider, and flashes of acceptable control.

AA: Frisco 3, San Antonio (SDG) 5
Frisco: 7 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Opponent: 5 hits, 8 walks, 10 strikeouts
Record: 21-15, 2 GB, 57-48 overall
SP Jack Leiter: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 7 SO, 93 P / 53 S, 5.56 ERA
RP Marc Church: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 6.30 ERA
3B Jonathan Ornelas: 2-3, 2B, BB, SB (8), .308/.358/.446

Jack Leiter got the bad inning out of the way early, walking his first three batters on 14 pitches and allowing a two-run single before settling in. Afterwards, he retired 16 of 18 including six via strikeout. A six-pitch walk concluded his night just shy of six innings.

Justin Foscue (1-4) has played five straight at second or DH since manning third base in consecutive games last week.

High-A: Hickory 4, at Greenville (BOS) 0
Hickory: 10 hits, 6 walks, 11 strikeouts
Opponent: 0 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts
Record: 16-23, 10 GB, 54-51 overall
SP Mason Englert: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 93 P / 61 S, 3.59 ERA
RP Theo McDowell: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.35 ERA
DH Evan Carter: 4-5, HR (10), SB (22), .285/.376/.484
3B Thomas Saggese: 2-5, .310/.358/.495

After six seasons without a no-hitter, the same team in the Texas system has accomplished the feat twice in two months.

Niko Kavadas provided Greenville’s first baserunner by walking to lead off the 5th. Another walk three batters later would be all that Mason Englert would allow. Theo McDowell, who closed out the final two inning of the earlier no-hitter, surrendered a two-out walk in the 9th before CF Jayce Easley nabbed an easy fly for the final out.

Unlike the prior game, which went into extras scoreless, Hickory acquired a little breathing room with runs in the 3rd and 4th.

Low-A: Down East 2, at Fayetteville (HOU) 1
Down East: 6 hits, 3 walks, 14 strikeouts
Opponent: 4 hits, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts
Record: 19-20, 6.5 GB, 52-53 overall
SP Emiliano Teodo: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 8 SO, 80 P / 50 S, 3.04 ERA
RP Alberto Mota: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.34 ERA
SS Maximo Acosta: 3-4, 2 2B, SB (34), .282/.360/.402

Maximo Acosta doubled in the tying run in the 6th. He also led off the game with a double but was tagged stretching for third.

Emiliano Teodo walked just one in 4.2 innings but also hit a batter, balked and threw two wild pitches. Still, he recorded eight strikeouts after fanning ten in five no-hit innings last week. Among starters, Teodo’s 31.3% strikeout rate trails only Owen White’s 31.7%. (I haven’t heard an update on White.)

Righty Alberto Mota made his full-season debut. I don’t know about him beyond his arrival in the ’20-’21 class. He struck out 28 and walked nine in 201. rookie-league innings.

Today’s Starters
AAA: Winn
AA: Bradford
Hi-A: Roby
Lo-A: TBD (Collyer)

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Hever Bueno struck out seven while allowing two runs in five innings for Spokane.