I don't know if any of you follow Farmstros blog, but you should as he follows the whole minor league system in every aspect. He has two posts up about next year's AAA affiliation. I understand the whole reasoning for Nolan Ryan wanting to grab up Round Rock for his AAA affiliate, but it sucks for us. Everything has been perfectly fine of the past several years and why do we need to tear that up? Oklahoma City is in the Ranger fan base, albeit still influenced by the Cardinals. The Express are in the Astros area. Don't mess it up! But, we already know it's going to happen.
As you all know, I'm rooting for Nashville so I can see them just about whenever I want. Although, I wish the Nashville Sounds stadium, Greer Stadium, had a stadium gun so I could give you all better reports in the event we remain in the Pacific Coast League and they come to visit or they are in Nashville. But, the worst scenario would be us getting stuck with Las Vegas. We all remember how we got stuck with Lancaster a few years ago and we've regretted it since, well it would be the same thing with even bigger implications. Lancaster and Vegas are very similar in how they are extreme hitters parks, but this is AAA. Imagine all our pitching depth at AAA losing all of their confidence and getting called up when there's an injury. Imagine our hitters who hit way over their head because of the environment and not able to adjust when they get called up. Look at how long it took Jonathan Gaston to adjust to Corpus after wrecking in Lancaster.
Round Rock lost 4-2
- Josh Banks (3.63)-7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR
- Sergio Perez (5.27)-2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR-He induced five groundouts to just one flyout, not bad for his first appearance since July.
- Ozzie Navarro 2B (.264)-1-4, 2B, SO
- Drew Locke RF (.291)-2-3, HR, BB
- Collin DeLome LF (.234)-1-3, 2B, BB, 2 SB
Corpus Christi won 10-2
- Erick Abreu (3.41)-7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 SO-Nice!
- David Cook LF (.258)-4-5, 2 HR-He wants to be considered a prospect.
- Albert Cartwright 2B (.244)-2-3, BB
- Freddy Parejo DH (.321)-2-5, SO
- J.D. Martinez RF (.328)-1-4, 2B, BB, SO
- Koby Clemens 1B (.253)-0-3, 2 BB-It's good to see walks from Clemens.
- Jonathan Gaston CF (.247)-1-4, HR, BB, SO-11 homers now!
- Michael Affronti 3B (.270)-3-5, 2B, SO, SB
Lancaster won 13-7
- Patrick Urckfitz (4.01)-5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR-Pitching solid from the rotation.
- Jay Austin CF (.270)-2-3, 3B
- Brandon Barnes CF-RF (.270)-3-6, 2B, 2 HR, SO-If only he wasn't 24 years old.
- Brian Pellegrini 1B (.277)-1-4, 2 BB, SO
- David Flores 3B (.266)-1-4, 2B
- Jonathan Villar SS (.260)-1-3, 2B, 2 BB, SO
- Jose Altuve DH (.266)-3-5, 2B, SO, CS, PO
- Bryce Lane LF (.222)-2-4, 2B, HR, BB-He's acting like he belongs in Lancaster already. Maybe he is?
Lexington won 8-2
- Tanner Bushue (4.07)-6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 SO-Good start. He's still givin up too many flyouts with eight to his five groundouts.
- Jio Mier SS (.233)-2-3, 2 BB, SO, CS
- Kody Hinze DH (.276)-1-4, 2B, BB
- Aaron Bray 1B (.257)-2-5, 2B
- Jonathan Meyer 3B (.250)-2-4, BB, SO
- Renzo Tello RF (.236)-2-4, SO
Greeneville- won 5-2
- Ruben Alaniz (4.59)-5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO-Six groundouts to three flyouts, very good start. I really like this guy and he's making me think he could be in the Lexington rotation next season.
- Ryan Cole (2.40)-2 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO
- Delino DeShields Jr. CF (.310)-1-4, 2B, 3 SO, SB-Eesh, three strikeouts!
- Telvin Nash LF (.257)-1-4, 2B, 2 SO
- Emilio King RF (.239)-2-3, 2B, BB
GCL Astros lost 10-9
- Danilo Del Rio (5.08)-5 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
- Garen Wright LF (.234)-2-5, HR, BB, SO, SB
- Jose Fernandez SS (.237)-3-5, 3B, SO
- Jose Vargas RF (.252)-1-3, HR, 2 BB, SO
- Ernesto Genoves C (.241)-3-5, 2B, SO