Rangers Farm Report

Rookie: 3-6 record since last check-in, 15-19 overall, 7 GB
(Counting stats are for the last two weeks, rate stats are for the season)

LHP Zak Kent: 4.0 IP, 1 H, BB, 6 SO, 0.00 ERA
RHP Wilian Bormie (20 years old): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 9 SO, 4.15 ERA
RHP Nick Bautista III (21): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 SO, 6.14 ERA
RHP Ivan Oviedo (20): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 HBP, 8 SO, 6.60 ERA
RHP Ismael Agreda (19): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 4 SO, 4.97 ERA

Rehabbing Zak Kent has thrown two games of two scoreless innings. The elongated AAA schedule (150 games ending late September) will afford him at least three appearances he wouldn’t have had under the pre-2020 format. Half of Nick Bautista’s runs came in a an early June outing, so don’t sweat that ERA too much. His control is around average for the league (which is to say, meh), his strikeout rate a lofty 38%. Mid-90s with a slider is my understanding of his repertoire. Righty Ismael Agreda recently received a generous FanGraphs writeup for his mid-90s fastball, curve, and change.

SS Sebastian Walcott (17): 11-38, 3 2B, HR (6), 2 BB, 2 HBP, 4 SB (8), .346/.386/.679
R/L/1 Marcos Torres (18): 7-31, 3B, 2 HR (5), 3 BB, 3 HBP, 6 SB (14), .259/.387/.536
2/3/S Chandler Pollard (19): 9-29, 2B, 3 BB, 3 HBP, 5 SB (12), .229/.378/.321
2/3/S Echedry Vargas (18): 12-29, 2 2B, HR (6), 6 BB, 4 SB (12), .314/.396/.545
OF Edgar Basabe (19): 9-28, 3 2B, 3 BB, 6 SB (8), .253/.290/.400
CF Jose De Jesus (18): 9-34, 2 2B, HR (2), 4 BB, 6 SB (9), .210/.296/.328

Midseason prospect rankings have strongly favored Sebastian Walcott: 61st overall by FanGraphs, 90th by Baseball America, 99th by MLB.com, outside the top 50 but under consideration by Baseball Prospectus. Walcott’s .679 slugging percentage tops the league among players with at least two plate appearances per team game. Conversely, he also sports a 34% strikeout rate and donned the dreaded platinum visor (5) last Friday. After DH-ing more often than not in Arizona, he’s spent seven of his last nine games at short. Echedry Vargas has switched mostly to second while Chandler Pollard has spent the majority of his time at third.

No 2023 draft picks or undrafted free agents have played in a real game yet, best as I can tell. Last year, no pitchers appeared by design, while the hitters received a handful of games at the complex or lower full-season levels depending on age and experience. As of the most recent formal announcements, Texas had signed 15 of 18 picks. Missing were LHP Jake Brown (16th), IF Elijah Ickes (19th), and RHP Laif Palmer (20th).  The signing deadline is 4pm CDT.