Texas Rangers: Farm System Friday ED. 1
In what will become a periodical piece here at Baseball Hot Corner, this is the first edition of Farm System Friday for the Texas Rangers where we will examine how some of the top prospects in the Rangers system are doing. This is not meant to be an in-depth analysis with full length scouting reports but rather a chance for the casual fan to swing by and quickly see which players may be progressing through the system. We will provide you the minor league affiliates name and record as well as a brief synopsis of notable performances. We will also provide you with a stat sheet of players that have been identified as the top 30 prospects for the club. Each team logo is a direct link to the affiliate’s home page if you would like to read more about the club and see the team’s full stats.
With that now out of the way, let’s begin.
After not making the Opening Day Roster, starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo impressed in his first outing with Round Rock where he tossed five innings, surrendering only four hits and striking out six without giving up a run. After a spot start for Texas that went very poorly, he has since been sent back down where he will rejoin the Express rotation.
Notable performances: Recent signee Wandy Rodriguez also had a strong debut for the Texas farm team (5 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 7 SO) as did Alex Gonzalez ( 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB , 3 SO) in his first Triple-A appearance. Infielder Ed Lucas was consistent this week, recording a hit in each game and currently leads the team in on base percentage (.370)
Outfielder Michael Choice continues to struggle at the plate and has struck out 12 times in his first 25 at bats.
Loaded with eight of the Texas Rangers top thirty prospects, many of the players taking the field for Frisco this year play into a significant part of the Rangers not too distant future. Although the team collectively may be off to a slow start in the win column, Frisco has several hitters that have started off hot.
Second baseman Tyler Pastornicky currently leads the team with a .421 batting average and on base percentage (.522) and third baseman Drew Robinson hit three home runs within his first 15 at-bats. Catcher Jorge Alfaro has a slash line of .250/.250/.500.
On the mound Alec Asher has struck out 12 over his first two starts and on Thursday left-hander Andrew Faulkner struck out seven and only surrendered two hits and two walks in 5 2/3 inning.
Texas’ newest farm team, the High Desert Mavericks, is expected to produce some very gaudy offensive numbers this season due in large part to the friendly hitting confines of the California League. Already through the team’s first eight games the club has combined for 28 extra base hits including seven home runs and 16 doubles. First baseman Preston Beck has four doubles through his first 30 at bats and outfielder Ryan Cordell leads the team in slugging (.714). On the mound, Frank Lopez has a WHIP of 0.91 and a strike out to walk ratio of 5/1 through his first two starts.
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To round out this edition of Farm System Friday, we will take a look at Texas Class-A affiliate, the Hickory Crawdads. While most players on Hickory’s roster are still very early in their professional baseball career, the club is home to six of Texas’ top thirty prospects.
Through the first week of play shortstop Michael De Leon leads the team with eight hits and outfielder Edward Pinto leads the team in average (.467) and on base percentage (.529). Second baseman Travis Demeritte has started off slow in his second stint with Hickory. Through his first 22 at bats he has struck out ten times but has been able to hit three doubles.