Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 10 July

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 8, @ Reno (ARI) 7
Round Rock: 13 hits, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts
Opponent: 16 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Record: 7-7, 5 GB, 44-44 overall

SP Gerson Garabito: 2.2 IP, 7 H (2 HR), 4 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 69 P / 41 S, 3.56 ERA
RP Grant Wolfram: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3.53 ERA
2B Justin Foscue: 2-5, 2B, HR (3), .286/.458/.492
LF Ezequiel Duran: 2-4, 2B, SB (2), .194/.242/.258
C Sam Huff: 2-5, 2 2B, .244/.323/.445
CF Dustin Harris: 2-3, 2B, BB, .278/.362/.389

Justin Foscue hit three balls at least 100 MPH, one of which traveled 417 feet. Zeke Duran had his first noteworthy game since being optioned. Back in 2015, Rougned Odor was shipped to Round Rock after a .144/.252/.233 opening month, and after a month in AAA, he enjoyed his most fruitful period at the plate. Unfortunately, for a while that instilled the idea that any struggling batter could be not just fixed but improved in short order with the “Odor treatment.” Not to say I’m pessimistic about Duran, but the process is more complicated than batting coach Matt Lawson sprinkling magic dust on a batter, although I can’t say I’ve discussed it with him.

AA: Frisco 10, NW Arkansas (KAN) 5
Frisco: 12 hits, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts
Opponent: 7 hits, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts
Record: 9-5, 1.5 GB, 53-30 overall

SP Ryan Garcia: 6 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 4 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 SO, 90 P / 51 S, 4.14 ERA
RP Skylar Hales: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
LF Alejandro Osuna: 1-3, BB, .368/.415/.763
SS Max Acosta: 1-3, BB, .245/.311/.344
RF Aaron Zavala: 3-4, 2 2B, .210/.323/.302
1B Abi Ortiz: 3-4, .192/.266/.314
C Cooper Johnson: 2-3, 2B, BB, .246/.350/.475

Skylar Hales has one walk and 11 strikeouts in 7.1 scoreless AA innings. Abi Ortiz isn’t hitting for power but is at least singling more lately.

Hi-A: Hickory 2, @ Bowling Green (TAM) 1 (7)
Hickory: 7 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Opponent: 7 hits, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts

SP DJ McCarthy: 5.2 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 1 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 81 P / 54 S, 3.97 ERA
3B Gleider Figuereo: 1-2, HR (3), HBP, .152/.204/.370
CF Anthony Gutierrez: 1-2, BB, SB (24), .246/.297/.323

Hi-A: Hickory 2, @ Bowling Green (TAM) 7 (7)
Hickory: 3 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts
Opponent: 9 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts
Record: 8-9, 3.5 GB, 36-47 overall

SP Kohl Drake: 4.1 IP, 6 H (1 HR), 5 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 75 P / 48 S, 3.52 ERA
RP DJ Peters: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 7.43 ERA
SS Sebastian Walcott: 1-3, 2B, .236/.335/.404

I had a sentence to the effect of “Sebastian Walcott is in a slight lull” ready because I hadn’t mentioned him lately, but he’s hitting .296/.387/.519 this month. The “lull” was a 1-13 stretch across three games plus the two-day break. Gleider Figuereo is in a lull more aptly described as getting acclimated to better pitching. Three homers in 13 games is swell, but he’s also striking out in 37% of his high-A plate appearances. Even though he’s new to the squad, only two hitters (Walcott, Gutierrez) are younger than his 20 years and 14 days.

Lo-A: Down East 3, Salem (BOS) 5
Down East: 8 hits, 4 walks, 16 strikeouts
Opponent: 6 hits, 6 walks, 8 strikeouts
Record: 7-9, , 42-39 overall

SP David Davallilo: 5 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 3 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 77 P / 49 S, 1.68 ERA
SS Danyer Cueva: 2-5, 2B, .207/.242/.261
CF Marcos Torres: 1-3, BB, SB (11), .185/.290/.308

Low-A Modesto of the California League will play somewhere else next season. At issue was responsibility for $32 million in facility improvements needed to meet current requirements. The city (which owned the stadium) and Seattle Mariners (parent club and team owner) couldn’t reach an agreement on that or a lease extension, so in 2025 the club will play… well, they haven’t figured out that part yet. Bakersfield’s Sam Lynn? The former home of the High Desert Mavs in Adelanto? How about squeezing into Sacramento with the RiverCats and A’s? Modesto had hosted affiliated ball almost continuously since the 1940s.

Today’s Starters
AAA: Sampson
AA: B. Anderson
Hi-A: Bratt
Lo-A: rained out

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Assigned to the rookie squad, top 2019 pick Josh Jung homered in his first plate appearance.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Tuesday 9 July

Kelly and Robert
The Rangers designated reliever Antoine Kelly for assignment eight months after his addition to the 40-man roster and being crowned the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year. The Rangers had acquired him in 2022 from the Brewers for Matt Bush. Expected to be added to the 40 that fall, Kelly unfortunately offered the Rangers an easy opposite decision with dreadful control down the stretch. Last year, Kelly improved dramatically, fanning a third of his opponents and reining in the wildness.

As for this year, well, which day are we talking about? Kelly hinted at an MLB debut from the jump but then missed nearly a month. In mid-May, Kelly exited after just two batters tapping his lower forearm. Fortunately, he missed only a week with a cramp instead of 14 months with a reconstructed elbow. He would never be the same, however.

First 5 appearances in AAA:
4.2 IP, 1 R, 3 BB/HBP, 8 SO, .125/.263/.125

Last 11 appearances in AAA:
10.0 IP, 14 R, 16 BB/HBP, 12 SO, .326/.500/.500

His slider remained exceptionally effective, although he continued to use it rather sparingly (28%). The fastball veered wildly in speed and direction, dropping down into the upper 80s on occasion. His strike rate with it fell from 65% to 51%, and the miss rate from 29% to 11%. Most tellingly, during his bad stretch, he concluded only two strikeouts with his fastball but 11 walks, and opponents batted a nightmarish .500/.658/.769 against it. Texas shipped him to Arizona and then AA Frisco, but after just one more appearance, they decided to move on. Kelly is only on his first option. Assuming a story no more complicated than “he’s terrible lately,” he should be claimed.

Meanwhile, Rule 5 loss Justin Slaten has a 3.38 ERA, nine walks and 45 strikeouts in 42.2 innings for the Red Sox. Not that Kelly over Slaten was a binary decision, but the two outcomes sure aren’t pretty. As I wrote in my 40-man preview, both Kelly and Marc Church seemed probable to join the roster, but I had Slaten farther down the list, mostly because the likelihood of adding a third reliever was low. In the previous ten seasons, the Rangers had protected a total of four relievers at the Rule 5 deadline.

Replacing Kelly on the 40 and joining the active roster is righty Daniel Robert. Primarily a 1B at Auburn, Robert was drafted as a pitcher by the Rangers in 2017’s 21st round. Upon discovery that he needed elbow surgery, Texas didn’t offer a contract by the deadline but eventually signed him as a free agent. By 2022, he’d worked his way to Round Rock as a legitimate relief prospect. Unfortunately, his control often abandoned him in AAA. In 2022, Robert had several lengthy stretches of consistency, but the occasional bad outings were sometimes catastrophic. In 2023, he never had a stretch of more than two appearances without a run or multiple walks. He would be omitted from the 40-man roster in two straight seasons. (Writing about Robert in the annual 40-man / Rule 5 previews, I’m embarrassed to say I used a variation of “Saying a reliever needs to be more consistent sounds like lazy analysis, but…” in 2022 and 2023. Lazy, indeed.)

In 2024, Robert started typically, walking at least one batter in four of his first five outings. He began to show better control in May, if not better overall results, but since the beginning of June he’s displayed the control and consistency that eluded him for two seasons: 14.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB/HBP, 15 SO.

Robert’s money pitch is a sweeper, which is responsible for concluding 33 of his 40 strikeouts. He threw a sweeper 58% of the time, averaging 84 MPH, topping out at 87, with an average of 14.5 inches of horizontal movement. If he maintains his style, you might be surprised as how often he works up with it. Robert’s four-seam fastball (30% usage) averaged 95.6 and peaked at 98.4. Despite a high spin rate, his induced vertical break is fairly ordinary, if I’m reading the data correctly. There’s nothing fancy about it. Statistically, its effectiveness comes from generating a high percentage of fouls (as opposed to balls in play), forcing hitters to contend with his sweeper in an unfavorable count. Robert will also mix in an occasional sinker to righties, and against lefties he’ll deal a handful of changes.

Robert’s control and strikeout prowess are legit, but that .132 opposing batting average has a large element of luck. Opponents are hitting only .069 on grounders, and only .091 on grounders hit at least 95 MPH. That can’t persist. On the other hand, it’s not as though opponents are continuously hitting the ball 105 MPH into gloves. The contact data doesn’t portend disaster.

Top 30

Baseball America updated its team top-30 prospect lists including the Rangers. BA is a subscriber publication, so I’m not going to reproduce it, but will say that 1) it’s a fine publication, and you should subscribe if you can, and 2) Texas’s new #4 prospect has a video shot by yours truly.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Tuesday 9 July
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 10, @ Reno (ARI) 14
Round Rock: 19 hits, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
Opponent: 17 hits, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
Record: 6-7, 6 GB, 43-44 overall

SP Owen White: 4 IP, 11 H (1 HR), 10 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SO, 79 P / 56 S, 5.48 ERA
RP Brock Burke: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.84 ERA
CF Dustin Harris: 5-5, 2 2B, .274/.358/.382
1B Justin Foscue: 5-5, 2B, .276/.462/.431
DH Blaine Crim: 3-4, 2B, BB, .234/.340/.371

Welcome to Reno. The teams combined for 30 balls in play of at least 95 MPH, tied for seventh most in the PCL this year. Taking one for the team and then some, Owen White allowed 11 of those hard hits and pitched two more innings after a six-run, eleven-batter 2nd. Aidan Anderson joined twin brother Grant in allowing homers to three consecutive batters. (Grant did so in the 9th inning of Jack Leiter’s professional debut.) I suppose the upside is Round Rock threw only 148 pitches, fewer than expected against such an onslaught. The Aces were swinging.

Both Justin Foscue and Dustin Harris were 5-5.

Texas signed righty Matt Festa, just released by the Mets. The 31-year-old had pitched very well for AAA Syracuse, and as well as could be expected at the video-game environment of El Paso before then.

AA: Frisco 1, NW Arkansas (KAN) 6
Frisco: 6 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Opponent: 11 hits, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts
Record: 8-5, , 52-30 overall

SP Tyler Mahle: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 32 P / 23 S, 0.00 ERA
RP Josh Stephen: 4.2 IP, 10 H (1 HR), 6 R, 0 BB, 4 SO, 4.94 ERA
RP Andy Rodriguez: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2.06 ERA
CF Alejandro Osuna: 1-3, HR (2), BB, .371/.389/.800
C Liam Hicks: 2-4, .264/.371/.356

Tyler Mahle again handled minor league hitters with ease. Incidentally, I saw a couple of comments online expressing concern at Mahle pitching in AA as if it were a demotion from the previous rehab outing at Round Rock. That idea hadn’t occurred to me, at least not with someone of Mahle’s stature. Don’t be concerned. Some rehabbing players gradually build up from the lower levels, but more often than not, assignment location is based on convenience. Round Rock was at home last week but in Reno now, so Mahle switched to Frisco where he can be more easily observed. The San Francisco Giants have sent six different rehabbing Major League pitchers to nearby low-A San Jose. Washington’s Joey Gallo played two games for low-A Fredericksburg (about 50 miles from DC) against Down East (and homered off Josh Trentadue).

Hi-A: wet

Two today.

Lo-A: Down East 8, Salem (BOS) 6
Down East: 8 hits, 2 walks, 15 strikeouts
Opponent: 8 hits, 2 walks, 15 strikeouts
Record: 7-8, 4.5 GB, 42-38 overall

SP Brayan Mendoza: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 66 P / 44 S, 2.70 ERA
RP Willian Bormie: 2 IP, 1 H (1 HR), 1 R, 0 BB, 3 SO, 3.83 ERA
SS Echedry Vargas: 1-3, BB, SB (13), .273/.335/.454
DH Arturo Disla: 3-4, HR (7), .278/.361/.411

Disla’s seven homers are tied for 14th in the league. Only five players have ten, while a whopping 78 have at least ten steals. In the Pacific Coast League, seven homers gets you a 15-way tie for 48th.

Echedry Vargas might finish with at least 20 steals and a slugging percentage of .450 or better. Post-2020, the only Rangers to do so at one of the A levels are Dustin Harris and Evan Carter. Further back, Scott Heineman accomplished the feat in 2016, albeit at High Desert, the hitter-friendliest location in affiliated ball at the time. Heineman slugged .464 in the minors and skipped low-A, so I’m inclined to give full credit.

Today’s Starters
AAA: Garabito
AA: Garcia
Hi-A: Drake
Lo-A: Davalillo

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Organization SO rate leaders:
Joe Barlow, 47%
Demarcus Evans, 45%
Peter Fairbanks, 39%
Scott Engler, 37%
Locke St. John, 36%

I don’t know where he ranked, but Emmanuel Clase’s rate was a relatively modest 29%. His forte was a combining a good, if not elite, level of strikeouts with fewer walks. At that time, he had nine for the season compared to 21 for Barlow and 28 for Evans.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 6 July

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 9, @ Sugar Land (HOU) 7 (10)
Round Rock: 10 hits, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts
Opponent: 14 hits, 7 walks, 5 strikeouts
Record: 6-6, 5 GB, 43-43 overall

SP Tim Brennan: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 SO, 42 P / 21 S, 3.38 ERA
C Sam Huff: 1-5, HR (9), .241/.324/.439
RF Sandro Fabian: 3-5, 2B, HR (11), .292/.362/.493
PH Matt Whatley: 1-1, HR (3), .192/.298/.342

Down 5-0 after five and 7-4 entering the 9th, Round Rock stormed back with three homers. Sandro Fabian took an 0-2 slider deep to lead off the 9th, and after a Trevor Hauver walk, pinch-hitter Matt Whatley tied the game with his second of the season. In the 10th, Sam Huff brought home gift-runner Blaine Crim with yet another blast.

Justin Foscue wasn’t in the lineup but replaced Whatley in the bottom of the 10th, as manager Doug Davis decided Whatley would not be making his professional debut at second base that evening. Back in 2019 or so, Whatley was my very dark dark-horse pick to reach the Majors, with better hitting being the necessity. Whatley hasn’t hit much, to be honest, but combined with his defensive and organizational appeal, he’s maintained a professional career for eight years including three in AAA.

AA: Frisco 7, Arkansas (SEA) 1
Frisco: 11 hits, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts
Opponent: 4 hits, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts
Record: 8-4, 1.5 GB, 52-29 overall

SP Emiliano Teodo: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO, 86 P / 56 S, 1.71 ERA
RP Antone Kelly: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 9.00 ERA
RF Alejandro Osuna: 3-4, 2B, 3B, .375/.375/.750
2B Keyber Rodriguez: 2-4, 2B, .261/.303/.394
3B Cody Freeman: 2-4, HR (10), .279/.331/.468
C Cooper Johnson: 2-3, 2B, HR (7), .235/.338/.462

I’m going to borrow from Grant Schiller again: Emiliano Teodo’s 12 swinging strikes consisted of eight sliders, three changes, and one fastball. Once again, Teodo didn’t allow an extra-base hit. One might be inclined to attribute his minuscule 0.47 ISO to luck. I’m sure it plays some part, and I’d expect that figure to rise rather than fall, but Teodo also has one of the best grounder rates in the system and league. He’s doing his part.

Hi-A: Hickory 4, @ Winston-Salem (CHW) 6
Hickory: 7 hits, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts
Opponent: 13 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Record: 7-8, 3.5 GB, 35-46 overall

SP Aidan Curry: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 SO, 80 P / 54 S, 7.58 ERA
2B Cam Cauley: 1-2, HR (5), .243/.294/.399
C Ian Moller: 2-3, BB, .227/.350/.297
LF Yosy Galan: 0-2, 2 BB, 3 SB (21), .168/.284/.337

Against rehabbing White Sox starter, Texas Tech alum, and 27-year-old greybeard Davis Martin, Cam Cauley homered and Sebastian Walcott reached to pull a low slider down the line for a double. Both Cauley and CF Anthony Gutierrez were pulled mid-game for reasons unknown to me.

Lo-A: canceled

Lightning interrupted the contest in the bottom of the 1st. 21 of Down East’s first 81 scheduled games were against Carolina, but they don’t meet again, so the game will not be made up. Echedry Vargas had a single, stolen base and run that will not count. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.

Today’s Starters
Texas’s affiliates skipped last week’s off-day and will instead have both Sunday and Monday off.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
(Actually the day before yesterday but I didn’t report until 7/7/2019) Spokane’s Ricky Vanasco carried a no-hitter into the 6th despite early wildness that included four full counts, two walks, and two wild pitches among the first five batters. He would fan ten in six innings. Down East improved to 59-28, equaling the previous year’s win total with 53 games remaining.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 5 July

Kumar Rocker made his first appearance in a real game since five days shy of 14 months ago. In two innings, Rocker allowed a leadoff homer and a grounded single, walked none, and struck out three. Assuming good health, he could squeeze in roughly a dozen outings before season’s end. He could also appear in the Arizona Fall League, depending on what workload Texas foresees.

2023 6th-round righty Caden Scarborough made his pro debut, striking out three, walking two and permitting one hit in 1.2 scoreless innings. The Rangers won 14-1 over the White Sox.

At long last, here’s my video of Alejandro Rosario’s final low-A start in Fredericksburg, VA.

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 2, @ Sugar Land (HOU) 3
Round Rock: 5 hits, 8 walks, 7 strikeouts
Opponent: 6 hits, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts
Record: 5-6, 5 GB, 42-43 overall

SP Jack Leiter: 4 IP, 5 H (1 HR), 3 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 6 SO, 86 P / 49 S, 3.88 ERA
RP Chase Lee: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Aiden Anderson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2.01 ERA

Initially, I wondered if Leiter would survive the 1st. Several of his early pitches were crazily outside the zone, mostly high, as if he were having trouble gripping the ball. Two walks preceded an annoying little dribbler that plated a run. Leiter eventually reigned in the wildness but still reached 76 pitches through the 3rd. Sugar Land’s Quincy Hamlton launched a high, two-strike slider to left-center at 94 MPH and 33 degrees, a combination that usually falls slightly short of the wall but not this time.

AA: Frisco 8, Arkansas (SEA) 2
Frisco: 8 hits, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts
Opponent: 5 hits, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts
Record: 7-4, 2 GB, 51-29 overall

SP Winston Santos: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 7 SO, 80 P / 53 S, 5.87 ERA
RP Ricky DeVito: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, SO, 2.79 ERA
CF Alejandro Osuna: 2-5, 3B, HR (1), .321/.321/.643
3B Cody Freeman: 2-4, 2B, .275/.329/.457
1B Abi Ortiz: 2-2, 2 BB, .189/.267/.317

Santos recovered nicely from his rude, three-homer intro to AA. Per Grant Schiller, Santos’s fastball started the evening at 96-97 and lost a few tics toward the end.

Abimelec Ortiz isn’t on what I’d call a tear, but he’s quietly placing together more productive games lately. Alejandro Osuna is on a tear. He’s yet to draw a walk in eight AA games, but he’s also slugging.643, so we can worry about that later.

Hi-A: Hickory 2, @ Winston-Salem (CHW) 7 (7)
Hickory: 3 hits, 2 walks, 15 strikeouts
Opponent: 7 hits, 3 walks, 10 strikeouts

SP Ryan Lobus: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 SO, 71 P / 42 S, 4.38 ERA
2B Cam Cauley: 1-3, 2 SB (17), .241/.292/.384
SS Sebastian Walcott: 1-2, HR (7), BB, SB (10), .239/.342/.408

In the 1st, Cam Cauley scored from third on a convoluted double steal involving Sebastian Walcott. Cauley perfectly timed a bolt home on a pickoff move to first by Dash starter Tommy Vail and beat the throw back to the plate. He actually missed the plate but returned to tag it while the catcher readied a throw to catch Walcott, who raced for second when the 1B threw home. Cauley had reached on a sharp single and advanced to third on a steal and error. Exciting, heads-up play all around.

Walcott later homered to left beyond the grass berm and most of the outfield. I’d ballpark the distance at around 410′.

Hi-A: Hickory 3, @ Winston-Salem (CHW) 4 (7)
Hickory: 5 hits, 4 walks, 10 strikeouts
Opponent: 6 hits, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts
Record: 7-7, 2.5 GB, 35-45 overall

SP Alejandro Rosario: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 10 SO, 79 P / 54 S, 5.00 ERA

Alejandro struck out 10 of 22 batters and registered misses on 40% of opponents’ swings, but a sequence of hits in the 4th led to three runs, and back-to-back doubles in the 6th plated one more.

Lo-A: Down East 7, @ Carolina (MIL) 1
Down East: 10 hits, 4 walks, 11 strikeouts
Opponent: 4 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts
Record: 6-8, 5 GB, 41-38 overall

SP Izack Tiger: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 72 P / 47 S, 4.15 ERA
RP Ivan Oviedo: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 3.48 ERA
1B Erick Alvarez: 2-5, 2 2B, .242/.268/.330

Izack Tiger extended to five innings in his second full-season start. Grades on his control were iffy entering professional play, but he’s been fine so far. I didn’t catch any speeds during the inning I watched, but Tiger throws a mid-90s fastball (upper in shorter stints), slider and splitter.

Today’s Starters
AAA: Brennan (MiLB.com lists Johnny Cueto, which if true would be a surprise to all parties.)
AA: Teodo
Hi-A: Curry
Lo-A: TBA

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Yesterday, Philadelphia purchased the contract of former Rangers righty Tyler Phillips. Texas’s 16th-rounder from 2015 was claimed off waivers in July 2021. Philly released him two months later but re-signed him to a minor deal in November, and he’s stayed there since. Phillips grew up a Phils fan across the border in New Jersey.

As for five years ago yesterday: “For 5.2 innings, Tyler Phillips looked as good as he ever has in AA, limiting Amarillo to a single and walk while striking out six. Then, three hits including a homer left Phillips with a much more ordinary line.” That was the standard copy about Phillips’ first AA season in 2019, although he would improve down the stretch.

Alejandro Rosario

Rosario pitches against Fredericksburg in his final low-A start, 22 June 2024. Rosario threw a four and two-seamer in the 95-98 range, an 83-85 slider, and 89-92 change.

Pitches as follows:
Pimentel: 98 FB, 96 FB
Brown: 97 FB
Elijah Green: 95 FB, 83 SL
McHenry: 91 CH, 89 CH, 96 FB
Ochoa: 83 SL, 85 SL, 83 SL
Peoples: 92 CH
Green: 96 FB, 96 FB, 86 SL
Infante: 86 SL, 86 SL, 97 FB
Brown: 97 FB, ?? FB

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 4 July

Brock Porter threw three scoreless, hitless innings for the rookies yesterday. He walked two and struck out five. Porter also pitched last Friday, but I was in Mexico and didn’t notice. In that outing, he allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings, and he fanned three. I’m mostly interested in his walk/HBP rate, the best way to measure his control from the stats available at that level. He’s walked three and hit none of 21 batters faced (15% rate), which isn’t good in and of itself but marginally better than last year and a vast improvement on the 38% rate that landed him in Arizona after three high-A starts. Assuming the Rangers intend to keep him in Surprise for the time being, Porter will have three more outings before the season ends, maybe four if they shorten his rest periods slightly.

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 4, @ Sugar Land (HOU) 7
Round Rock: 8 hits, 4 walks, 13 strikeouts
Opponent: 12 hits, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts
Record: 5-5, 4 GB, 42-42 overall

SP Adrian Sampson: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SO, 58 P / 31 S, 5.36 ERA
2B Justin Foscue: 1-3, 2B, BB, .220/.426/.380

Forrest Whitley vultured the win for Sugar Land. Injuries have limited the 2016 1st-rounder to 330 professional innings, 51 of those coming in Fall Leagues that made up for time lost to injury during the 2018 and 2019 regular seasons. He appeared in multiple top-100 prospect lists for four or five years in a row. That made me think of Jorge Alfaro, similarly lauded during 2012-2017. Alfaro was released by the Cubs in late March and never signed elsewhere.

Atlanta selected the contract for former Ranger Eli White. On April 9th, AAA Gwinnett featured an outfield of White, JP Martinez, and Leury Garcia, plus catcher Sandy Leon.

AA: Frisco 7, Arkansas (SEA) 6
Frisco: 9 hits, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts
Opponent: 14 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts
Record: 6-4, 2 GB, 50-29 overall

SP Nick Krauth: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 3 SO, 76 P / 47 S, 5.07 ERA
RP Skylar Hales: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0.00 ERA
RF Josh Hatcher: 2-4, 3B, .286/.326/.427
2B Max Acosta: 1-4, 2B, SB (14), .253/.315/.359

In front of the second-largest crowd in Frisco history, the Riders scored six in the 1st but did not coast, needing to survive several nervy situations from the 5th onward. Skylar Hales entered in the 5th with one out, two on and a three-run lead. After multiple out-in-front fouls, Arkansas’s Kaden Polcovich lined to a perfectly positioned 2B Max Acosta, who was deep and closer to first than second. Acosta then threw to SS Keyber Rodriguez to double off the lead runner. 

Hi-A: wet

Two today.

Lo-A: Down East 4, @ Carolina (MIL) 6
Down East: 8 hits, 5 walks, 12 strikeouts
Opponent: 10 hits, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts
Record: 5-8, 5 GB, 40-38 overall

SP Paul Bonzagni: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 SO, 63 P / 36 S, 4.15 ERA
RP Josh Trentadue: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 4.50 ERA
2B Echedry Vargas: 2-5, 2B, HR (9), .273/.330/.459
SS Danyer Cueva: 1-2, 2 BB, .203/.235/.253
C Julian Brock: 1-3, BB, SB (5), .218/.296/.323

Echedry Vargas has seven homers in his last 14 games.

Today’s Starters
AAA: Leiter
AA: Santos
Hi-A: Rosario / TBA
Lo-A: TBA (might be Izack Tiger)

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Yerry Rodriguez allowed one run, walked none, and struck out seven in six innings for low-A Hickory. In his first appearance for AAA Buffalo since being traded to Toronto, Rodriguez recorded two outs and two walks.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 3 July

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 3 July
Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 3, Sugar Land (HOU) 4
Round Rock: 6 hits, 7 walks, 10 strikeouts
Opponent: 8 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Record: 6-6, 3 GB, 43-43 overall

SP Gerson Garabito: 5.2 IP, 6 H (2 HR), 4 R, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 2 SO, 94 P / 58 S, 2.98 ERA
RP Josh Sborz: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 8.10 ERA
RP Brock Burke: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2.45 ERA
LF Dustin Harris: 2-4, SB (21), .256/.344/.363

Dustin Harris is batting .232/.322/.288 since the start of the Sugar Land series on May 21. He’s not striking out that much, but the hits aren’t coming lately.

AA: Frisco 2, @ Arkansas (SEA) 3 (10)
Frisco: 7 hits, 4 walks, 7 strikeouts
Opponent: 9 hits, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts
Record: 5-4, 2 GB, 49-29 overall

SP Ben Anderson: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 71 P / 47 S, 4.34 ERA
RP Andy Rodriguez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 2.19 ERA
RP Seth Clark: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.42 ERA
LF Alejandro Osuna: 3-5, 2B

Frisco ran off starter Logan Evans in the 1st but could plate only two and none thereafter. Arkansas scored the winner on a bounced slider from Steven Jennings with a runner on 3rd in the 10th.

Hi-A: Hickory 5, Winston-Salem (CHW) 1
Hickory: 10 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts
Opponent: 4 hits, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts
Record: 7-5, 0.5 GB, 35-43 overall

SP Mitch Bratt: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 SO, 75 P / 58 S, 3.52 ERA
RP Josh Mollerus: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0.00 ERA
SS Cam Cauley: 3-4, 2B, 2 HR (4), SB (15), .243/.292/.390
3B Sebastian Walcott: 2-4, 2B, .237/.340/.398
CF Anthony Gutierrez: 2-4, 2B, .248/.298/.331

Mitch Bratt matched a season-high 15 swinging strikes despite an early pull. His 3.52 ERA honestly sells him a little short, as his first outing of the season was a seven-run wipeout. Since then: 2.66 ERA, 14 walks, 62 strikeouts in 61 innings, .202/.251/.339 opposing line.

Since May 29 (admittedly a cherry-picked starting point), Cam Cauley is batting .309/.358/.512 in 29 games. He also has a 28% K rate in that span, above the league average but below his usual rate.

Lo-A: Down East 3, Carolina (MIL) 4 (10)
Down East: 9 hits, 1 walk, 14 strikeouts
Opponent: 8 hits, 5 walks, 10 strikeouts
Record: 5-7, 4 GB, 40-37 overall

SP Jose Gonzalez: 6 IP, 6 H (1 HR), 2 R, 2 BB, 7 SO, 76 P / 51 S, 2.41 ERA
RP Brayan Magdaleno: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 2.28 ERA
2B Danyer Cueva: 1-4, HR (1), .195/.213/.247
DH Arturo Disla: 3-4, 2B, HR (6), .272/.357/.401

The decisive run for Carolina was doubled in by David Garcia, the former Ranger. He’s spent the season in high-A after two seasons at AA Frisco.

Best spreads between strikeout and walk/hbp rates in the system, minimum 30 innings:
32%, Alejandro Rosario
31%, Kohl Drake
28%, Skylar Hales
28%, Jose Gonzalez
23%, Winston Santos

The best spread for those who’ve spent the year in AA and/or AAA belongs to Jack Leiter at 20%.

Today’s Starters
AAA: Sampson
AA: Krauth
Hi-A: Lobus
Lo-A: TBA

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Baylor lefty Cody Bradford signed. The 6th-round pick received $700,000, equivalent to slot for a high 3rd-rounder. That investment has already paid off, I’d say.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Tuesday 2 July

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 1, Sugar Land (HOU) 0
Round Rock: 5 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Opponent: 3 hits, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts
Record: 5-3, 2 GB, 42-40 overall

SP Tyler Mahle: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 19 P / 12 S, 0.00 ERA
RP Owen White: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 5 SO, 4.46 ERA
RP Grant Wolfram: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 3.66 ERA
1B Justin Foscue: 1-2, BB, HBP, .233/.441/.395
DH Blaine Crim: 2-3, 2B, .224/.330/.364

In his 2024 debut, Tyler Mahle mowed down Sugar Land on an almost too-efficient 19 pitches across two innings. Pitch velocities appeared to be at or very close to norms, although pitch classification issues make the comparison difficult. Regardless, it’s a successful return, pending reports on health.

Owen White followed with one of his best “starts” of the season. He missed 11 bats, not a huge number for 99 pitches, but he induced a high number of grounders and soft contact. I wouldn’t say he’s more than an emergency call-up right now, but he has perhaps a dozen more chances in 2024 to build a case for a larger role.

Blaine Crim continues to perplex. Last year, he batted .370 and slugged .646 on contact. In 2024, those respective figures have diminished to .285 and .452, a shocking year-over-year change. A cursory review of the batted ball data offers little explanation. His rate of balls in play at 95 MPH or higher has dropped from 42% to 40%, not nothing but not enough to explain a nearly .200-point slugging decline. He’s not suddenly hitting everything on the ground or popping up constantly. Is it simply horrendous bad luck? I think luck plays a part but also a subtle but important shift in his velocity range. His top-end velocity remains very strong, but his median has dipped from 93 to 90. He’s hitting more balls in a slightly lower range where a difference of 2-3 MPH is critical. A ball that might sneak over the fence stays in, former doubles get caught, more grounders get snagged. I’m not certain of my analysis, but that’s what I see. In any case, I’d hold to my position that luck has despised him all season, and simply staying the course should produce better results.

Johnny Cueto opted out of his contract.

AA: Frisco 1, @ Arkansas (SEA) 4
Frisco: 5 hits, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts
Opponent: 5 hits, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts
Record: 5-3, 1 GB, 49-28 overall

SP Ryan Garcia: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 96 P / 61 S, 3.97 ERA
RF Aaron Zavala: 2-4, .211/.326/.302

Ryan Garcia produced his best outing of the season.

Friend-of-the-Report Grant Schiller of Baseball Prospectus offered his eyewitness takes on Dane Acker and Aaron Zavala on Monday (subscription link). On Acker, Schiller saw swing/back-of-rotation potential if better control could be procured, while the Zavala assessment was understandably gloomier. Earlier in the year, I suggested Zavala was roughly halfway between his earlier success and 2023’s post-injury struggles. In mid-May, he was batting .266/.386/.381. Since then, however, he’s only .148/.259/.217 including a .243 average and .346 slugging percentage on contact.

Hi-A: Hickory 8, Winston-Salem (CHW) 2
Hickory: 8 hits, 6 walks, 8 strikeouts
Opponent: 10 hits, 2 walks, 13 strikeouts
Record: 6-5, 0.5 GB, 34-43 overall

SP Kohl Drake: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 9 SO, 83 P / 58 S, 0.82 ERA
RF Anthony Gutierrez: 1-3, BB, .242/.293/.320
C Ian Moller: 2-3, 3B, BB, .222/.342/.293
3B Gleider Figuereo: 1-4, HR (2), .182/.182/.394
LF Yosy Galan: 1-4, HR (7), .170/.280/.346

In his second high-A start, Kohl Drake manhandled the Dash for six innings, offering a fastball, curve slider, and change, all of which had their moments. The fastball speeds I heard were 91-92, though I’ve seen multiple reports of higher.

Gleider Figuereo leads the organization with 14 homers.

Lo-A: Down East 9, Carolina (MIL) 3
Down East: 11 hits, 7 walks, 12 strikeouts
Opponent: 9 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
Record: 5-6, 3 GB, 40-36 overall

SP David Davallilo: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, 77 P / 45 S, 1.37 ERA
SS Echedry Vargas: 3-5, 2B, HR (8), .271/.332/.447
DH Jojo Blackmon: 2-4, 2 SB (6), .196/.273/.320
3B Esteban Mejia: 3-3, 3B, BB, .171/.310/.343

Davalillo has allowed zero runs in seven of 13 outings. Earlier this season, his strikeout rate was fairly mundane, but in his most recent six starts he’s fanned 31% of his opponents along with a 9% BB/HBP rate and 0.58 ERA.

Since missing most of the series at Fredericksburg (including, sadly, the game I saw in person), Echedry Vargas is hitting .394/.444/.788 with four homers in eight games.

Today’s Starters
AAA: Garabito
AA: B. Anderson
Hi-A: Bratt
Lo-A: TBA

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Matt Bush suffered a torn elbow ligament and would undergo Tommy John surgery. He’d returned to action in Frisco only three weeks earlier after missing 12 months for a UCL tear that didn’t require Tommy John. A disheartening event, to be sure, but as we’d find out, July 2019 was close to the ideal time to suffer that sort of injury.

Addendum
Nathaniel Lowe is the worst player in the history of organized sport, and I hate him and everything he stands for.*

* Explanation here. I promise I won’t actually do this every day.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 1 July

Announced for the upcoming Futures Game are pitchers Emiliano Teodo and Winston Santos plus infielder Sebastian Walcott.

Box Scores

AAA: Round Rock 11, Sugar Land (HOU) 9
Round Rock: 13 hits, 7 walks, 7 strikeouts
Opponent: 10 hits, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts
Record: 4-3, 41-40 overall

SP Tim Brennan: 2 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 3 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 45 P / 29 S, 4.35 ERA
RP Chase Lee: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Daniel Robert: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1.82 ERA
1B Justin Foscue: 2-5, HR (2), .220/.418/.390
DH Blaine Crim: 2-4, 2B, BB, .219/.327/.357
RF Trevor Hauver: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, .207/.337/.323
2B Jax Biggers: 3-5, 2B, 3B, SB (6), .274/.407/.406
C Matt Whatley: 2-4, 2B, HR (2), .191/.304/.309

Jax Biggers executed a straight steal of home to put the Express up 10-9 in the 7th. Pitcher Nick Hernandez never even threw to the plate.

Tim Brennan is back following another injury absence. Two games into a return from Tommy John surgery, he missed nearly three more months. Brennan tops at around 91 and relies on control and a tremendous grounder rate, although last night’s balls in play were mostly airborne.

Catcher Andrew Knapp (.292/.374/.444) had an took an opt-out. He hit well in Round Rock, and the statcast data mostly approves. He had an above-average rate of 95+ MPH contact that tapered to below-average at the upper percentiles. Knapp has a .210/.310/.313 line in 325 MLB games.

Per a local report, Zeke Duran has been working on swing changes and is expected to play today. He’s been absent since being optioned to AAA.

Since my complaint (really just an observation) about Round Rock’s league-worst offense has resulted in a torrent of runs, I hereby register a formal complaint about the Texas Rangers’ offense.

AA: Frisco 2, @ Arkansas (SEA) 0 (10)
Frisco: 4 hits, 3 walks, 10 strikeout
Opponent: 5 hits, 2 walks, 17 strikeouts
Record: 5-2, 49-27 overall

SP Josh Stephan: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 SO, 86 P / 52 S, 4.36 ERA
RP Robby Ahlstrom: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1.97 ERA
RP Skylar Hales: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0.00 ERA
RP Tyler Owens: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 2.45 ERA
LF Kellen Strahm: 1-2, 2 BB, SB (15), .277/.362/.391
SS Max Acosta: 2-4, SB (13), .258/.322/.363

Four Riders combined for an extended five-hit shutout. Josh Stephan is on a four-game streak of no more than one walk and two runs. A slightly inflated homer rate has his opposing slugging percentage at .438 compared to the league average of .372, but his control has been solid.

Hi-A: Hickory 3, Winston-Salem (CHW) 2
Hickory: 5 hits, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts
Opponent: 4 hits, 4 walks, 14 strikeouts
Record: 5-5, 0.5 GB, 33-43 overall

SP DJ McCarty: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 6 SO, 89 P / 49 S, 4.24 ERA
RP Adrian Rodriguez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO, 4.23 ERA
RP DJ Peters: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 8.03 ERA
2B Cam Cauley: 2-5, 3B, .233/.284/.350
SS Sebastian Walcott: 2-3, BB, .235/.336/.395

Sebastian Walcott has been a little quiet lately, although nothing like first week of the season. Cam Cauley’s mini-run continues. He could use a good second half. A better first might have landed him in Frisco by now. Both his strikeout rate and especially his walk rate have trended backwards compared to 2023 at the same level, but June showed improvement.

Lo-A: Down East 3, Carolina (MIL) 2 (11)
Down East: 5 hits, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts
Opponent: 5 hits, 7 walks, 12 strikeouts
Record: 4-6, 3 GB, 39-36 overall

SP Brayan Mendoza: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 79 P / 48 S, 2.58 ERA
RP Alberto Mota: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO, 5.63 ERA
RP Victor Simeon: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2.93 ERA
LF Jojo Blackmon: 2-4, 2B, BB, .183/.264/.312
3B Esteban Mejia: 1-4, HR (1), .094/.237/.219

Credit Alberto Mota and Victor Simeon for holding Carolina scoreless across two extra frames. Mota has some appeal but was shipped back to Arizona after a couple of wild outings and needed a few weeks to get that out of his system. He’s fanned eight in four scoreless innings since returning.

Today’s Starters
AAA: White
AA: Garcia
Hi-A: Drake
Lo-A: TBA

Five Years Ago Yesterday
International signings were at hand. Unfortunately, Texas’s marquee selection in 2019 was OF Bayron Lora, who would become a colossally expensive bust. For reasons I can’t recall and am not going to research today, his signing was delayed until August, which conveniently pushed his Rule 5 eligibility out a year. That would be of no consequence. Lora batted .218/.413/.401 in one DSL season, was suspended in 2022, and Texas released him in 2023. He hasn’t played since, at least not in a league that would appear on any sites I follow.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Sunday 30 June

Box Score

AAA: Round Rock 14, El Paso (SDP) 3
Round Rock: 11 hits, 10 walks, 5 strikeouts
Opponent: 5 hits, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts
Record: 3-3, 40-40 overall

SP Johnny Cueto: 6 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 3 R, 0 BB, 2 SO, 74 P / 51 S, 5.92 ERA
RP Josh Sborz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 10.13 ERA
2B Justin Foscue: 1-4, 2B, BB, .194/.420/.306
RF Sandro Fabian: 2-4, HR (10), BB, .297/.366/.500
C Sam Huff: 2-5, HR (8), .245/.333/.434
SS Jose Barrero: 2-4, BB, .191/.277/.350
LF Trevor Hauver: 1-2, 2B, 3 BB, .199/.325/.311

Round Rock reeled off 24 runs in the days two since I mentioned their league-worst scoring.

Pitching on one day of rest for the first time, Josh Sborz retired his side in order but was throwing about 3 MPH slower than the 2023 version. That may just be who he is in a short term, and assuming no further health issues, I imagine there’s little to do but bring him up at some point and hope for the best. He does have up to two more weeks on rehab assignment for Texas to assess.

Texas traded Yerry Rodriguez to Toronto for 24-year-old righty Josh Mollerus, last year’s tenth-round pick out of Oregon. At high-A Vancouver, Mollerus has a 3.90 ERA, 17% BB/HBP rate and 35% strikeout rate in 23 relief appearances covering 30 innings. Last year in the low-A Florida State League, where statcast is available, Mollerus had a roughly 60/40 fastball-slider split. The fastball averaged 92.1, the slider 84.5.

AA: Frisco 5, Corpus Christi (HOU) 3
Frisco: 7 hits, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
Opponent: 4 hits, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts
Record: 4-2, 48-27 overall

SP Emiliano Teodo: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 10 SO, 81 P / 50 S, 1.87 ERA
LF Kellen Strahm: 1-4, HR (6), .276/.356/.390
DH Abi Ortiz: 1-2, 2B, BB, .187/.255/.320

Emiliano Teodo posted double-digit strikeouts for a second time this season, walked only one, and once again prevented any extra-base hits. He’s allowed 11 extra bases on hits all season. Teodo has the best swinging strike rate (17.4%) and fourth-best grounder rate (48%) among 24 Texas League qualifiers.

Abi Ortiz batted .286/.389/.429 in the Corpus series.

Hi-A: Hickory 11, @ Greenville (BOS) 4 (7)
Hickory: 13 hits, 5 walks, 9 strikeouts
Opponent: 6 hits, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts
Record: 4-5, 32-43 overall

SP Aidan Curry: 5 IP, 4 H (1 HR), 3 R, 1 BB, 4 SO, 67 P / 41 S, 8.13 ERA
SS Cam Cauley: 2-4, BB, .229/.281/.338
LF Yeison Morrobel: 3-5, 2B, .235/.308/.338
C Ian Moller: 2-3, BB, .213/.335/.275
RF Jayce Easley: 3-3, BB, SB (13), .185/.330/.212

Cam Cauley batted .277/.333/.416 in June, easily his best of the season.

I hope Yeison Morrolbel has more games like this in him. Texas moved him up from Down East despite an injury-shortened and nondescript 2023, and from what I saw in Surprise in March, I was inclined to agree. Unfortunately, his improved strikeout rate hasn’t resulted in either more walks or hits compared to last year, just more balls hit into gloves. He is hitting for more power.

Because of a two-hour weather delay, the game was shortened to seven innings.

Lo-A: Down East 1, @ Delmarva (BAL) 3
Down East: 2 hits, 6 walks, 10 strikeouts
Opponent: 5 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts
Record: 3-6, 38-36 overall

SP Kolton Curtis: 5 IP, 3 H (1 HR), 3 R, 2 BB, 5 SO, 70 P / 38 S, 2.94 ERA
RP Willian Bormie: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3.80 ERA

20-year-old Kolton Curtis allowed his first homer since mid-May.

Today’s Starters
AAA: TBA
AA: Stephan
Hi-A: McCarty
Lo-A: TBA

Monday is not an off-day for the system. It might be for me. I’ll cover today’s games in the next report, whenever that is.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Tim Dillard was helpful to the Rangers and other organizations in his lengthy career. In this case, helpfulness meant coming out for the 5th inning with ten runs already on his ledger. He would leave having allowed 13 runs (off five homers et cetera) in 4.2.