Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 13 May

Whew. In the last week, the farm has lost 20 of 23 to fall to 64-65. All three wins are by Down East. All week, Cody Bradford has been slated to start the Sunday afternoon game. As of this morning, he’s not.

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 1, Oklahoma City (LAD) 2
Round Rock: 4 hits, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts
Opponent: 7 hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts
Record: 21-16, 5.5 GB

SP James Marvel: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 83 P / 50 S, 4.00 ERA
3B Jonathan Ornelas: 1-3, BB, SB (2), .211/.350/.289
1B Justin Foscue: 1-3, 2B, BB, .282/.403/.492

Justin Foscue debuted at first base as a professional. He was busy, recording ten putouts and three assists, inclusive of involvement of three double plays. This isn’t a surprise. Even in college, Foscue was a bat-first infielder. He spent more time at third in school, more at second in the pros, but has yet to definitely attach himself to either. First base is a possibility, either as a full-time position if he hits well enough or part of a flex if he doesn’t. Keep in mind that Foscue is as likely of a trade chip as anyone in the organization.

AA: Frisco 3, Wichita (MIN) 12
Frisco: 8 hits, 6 walks, 8 strikeouts
Opponent: 11 hits, 10 walks, 8 strikeouts
Record: 13-19, 5.5 GB

SP Nick Krauth: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 35 P / 17 S, 3.06 ERA
2B Luisangel Acuna: 1-3, 2 BB, .321/.385/.471
3B Thomas Saggese: 4-5, 2B, .295/.340/.426

I assume the folks in Frisco aren’t reading my “five years ago” segments, but they’re doing an unfortunate impersonation of the 2018 club lately. Frisco has lost seven straight by a combined margin of 40 runs. Opponents are hitting .306/.409/.497 and scoring 8.4 runs per game against the Riders in May, easily the most in the league.

Thomas Saggese is stemming the tide, batting .380/.392/.540 with three four-hit games this month.

SS Corey Seager was 0-2 with a walk.

Hi-A: Hickory 3, at Bowling Green (TAM) 4
Hickory: 4 hits, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts
Opponent: 6 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
Record: 12-18, 9 GB

SP Josh Stephan: 6.1 IP, 6 H (2 HR), 4 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 77 P / 53 S, 2.59 ERA
SS Max Acosta: 1-4, HR (4), .302/.362/.479

Max Acosta has equaled last year’s four homers in 77% fewer plate appearances. His rate of extra-base hits has barely changed, but instead of nearly always doubling, he’s going deep almost half the time. Acosta ranked among Texas’s top ten prospects when signed but has dropped to the bottom or off of top-30 lists as he’s played. He’s doing a good job of reversing that trend in 2023.

Lo-A: Down East 5, Delmarva (BAL) 4
Down East: 10 hits, 3 walks, 12 strikeouts
Opponent: 7 hits, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts
Record: 18-12, tied for first

SP Jose Corneill: 4.2 IP, 2 H (1 HR), 3 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 79 P / 50 S, 3.80 ERA
RP Dylan MacLean: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 3.05 ERA
CF Anthony Gutierrez: 1-3, 2 BB, .270/.333/.340
C Tucker Mitchell: 2-4, BB, .354/.469/.523
SS Cam Cauley: 2-4, 2B, .247/.299/.348

The quietest of Texas five 2020 picks so far, Dylan MacLean has a 25% strikeout rate, better than his previous two seasons.

Down a run in the 9th with two on and two out, Tucker Mitchell’s single plus a Delmarva throwing error plated both runners.

Today’s Starters
AAA: Anderson
AA: TK Roby
Hi-A: Collyer

Five Years Ago Yesterday
A 10-3 victory at San Antonio improved Frisco to 8-28.