With the season coming to a close, we are meandering our way through the Texas Rangers’ minor league affiliates, looking at the numbers the players at each affiliate put up, and today we get to the AAA Round Rock Express. This is less interesting, I know, than seeing what was going on, say, in A ball, where there are more prospects in the system anyway, and where we aren’t looking largely at veteran minor league depth guys, with the recent trend of using AAA more for potential reinforcements than for player development. This is exacerbated by the fact that Ronald Guzman and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, two of the more interesting players we expected to see spend the season in AAA, spent most of the year in the majors instead.
That said, there are a few guys of note. Scott Heineman was promoted in April from AA Frisco, and had a solid season, setting himself up as a potential backup outfield option down the line. Willie Calhoun started the year off slow, but got things clicking as the season went on. Andy Ibanez hit a little bit, though not enough to completely erase questions about his glove and where he fits in the majors.