Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 8 April

From Huntsville, AL, maybe the weirdest box score you’ll ever see. Visiting Chattanooga was no-hit but won 7-5, scoring everything with two out in the final inning. Walk, walk, pop out, walk, strikeout, bases-loaded walk, three-run error, HBP, HBP, bases-loaded HBP, bases-loaded walk, run-scoring wild pitch, HBP, strikeout.

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 4, at Sugar Land (HOU) 0
Round Rock: 5 hits, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts
Opponent: 2 hits, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts
Record: 3-3

SP Cody Bradford: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 82 P / 57 S, 0.00 ERA
RP Chase Lee: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3.86 ERA
SS Jonathan Ornelas: 1-2, 2 BB
2B Justin Foscue: 1-3, 2B
RF Elier Hernandez: 2-2, HR (1), BBCody Bradford no-hit Sugar Land through five. Bradford’s fastball again had a median velocity just under 90 MPH. He missed eight bats, six via changeup.
Justin Foscue has a hit. After a hard out, Foscue angled a pitch at a relatively modest 81 MPH for a double. He would double again in the nightcap. Foscue leads the team with ten hard-hit balls (>= 95 MPH) and has a minuscule 5% swinging strike rate. Elier Hernandez homered in both games.

AAA: Round Rock 3, at Sugar Land (HOU) 2
Round Rock: 7 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts
Opponent: 7 hits, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts
Record: 4-3

SP Kyle Cody: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 60 P / 61 S, 6.35 ERA
C Sam Huff: 1-4, HR (1)
2B Justin Foscue: 1-2, 2B, BB, SB (1)
CF Elier Hernandez: 1-2, HR (2), BB

Kyle Cody, starting pitcher? 60 pitches are the most he’s thrown since September 2020. He offered a low-90s sinker, mid-80s change and a heavy dose of 78-83 sliders. Plenty of strikes including 11 swinging, but also a fair number of hard hits.

AA: Frisco 3, Amarillo (ARI) 5
Frisco: 8 hits, 4 walks, 12 strikeouts
Opponent: 11 hits, 4 walks, 14 strikeouts
Record: 1-2

SP TK Roby: 3.2 IP, 6 H (2 HR), 3 R, 3 BB, 5 SO, 77 P / 45 S, 7.36 ERA
RP Marc Church: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
LF Evan Carter: 1-4, BB
DH Luisangel Acuna: 2-5, SB (1)
3B Thomas Saggese: 2-3, 2B, BB

TK Roby surrendered two homers in his AA debut. Long balls were a weak spot last year in high-A, as he allowed 19 and a .446 slugging percentage in 22 starts.

AA: rain

Makeups during the week of April 25-30 in Winton-Salem.

AA: rain

They’ll make it up in June.

Today’s Starters
AAA: Kent
AA: off
Hi-A: off
Lo-A: off

Five Years Ago Yesterday
In his high-A debut, Mike Matuella lasted five innings with two runs allowed and four strikeouts. The fastball sat in the mid 90s. Baseball America had dropped him from 19th to 30th among Texas prospects over the winter, but after a noteworthy spring, his status might have peaked around this time.