A few days ago, Grantland’s Ben Lindberg wrote a progress report on some of the top prospects in the minor league system.
He mentioned the Rangers’ Michael Choice, a candidate for a September call-up, as someone who needs to improve while playing for Triple-A Round Rock.
On Saturday night, Choice did go 2-for-6 with 3 RBIs as Round Rock split a doubleheader, which extended his hit streak to four games.
Lindberg writes Choice is not improving, and this isn’t strictly his opinion.
Another evaluator was more blunt: “He is almost 25, has been poor in the PCL, hasn’t done a thing in the big leagues,” he said. “Can’t hit, can’t field. Is he anything more than a platoon up-and-down guy going forward?”
In 42 games, Choice is hitting .265, you expect better from a man who was on the Rangers' opening day roster but just struggled to remain with the big club, having hit .177 in 69 games.
Choice had one of his better games on Thursday with three hits including a 11th-inning homer in a victory at Salt Lake.
LHP Michael Kirkman had his 9 2/3 scoreless inning streak snapped on Monday. He returned to pitch two scoreless innings on Thursday.
C Tomas Telis has eight hits the last seven games and produced a .366 average the last 10 games.
Double-A Frisco: RHP Alex Gonzalez is a productive pitcher for the RoughRiders this season. Friday night, however, Gonzalez suffered his first loss since June 26 against San Antonio. Gonzalez lasted six innings, which was good, but allowed seven runs, five earned on nine hits with one walk.
He struck out seven.
Gonzalez had won his last four outings, allowing just two earned runs in 24 innings.
RHP Alex Asher picked up a no-decision against Midland on Saturday night. Asher struck out five over six innings, allowing three earned runs. Asher has 15 strikeouts in his last three starts.
RHP Josh McElwee has a 0.36 ERA since July 13 between Triple-A and Double A.
Single-A: CF Lewis Brinson (Myrtle Beach) has the longest road-game hit streak in the Carolina League at 13 games.
DH Seth Spivey (Spokane) took over the hitting lead in the Northwest League at .336 with three hits on Friday night.
1B Zach Stephens (Arizona) hit a grand slam on Saturday night in a win over the Arizona League Dodgers.