The Farm Report -- 9/4/2012

Stars of the Day:
AAA: Chad Bell, Johan Yan
AA: Cody Buckel, Justin Grimm / Chris McGuiness
Hi-A: Kyle Devore, Josh McElwee / Odubel Herrera
Lo-A: Richard Alvarez, Jose Monegro / Trever Adams

AAA: Round Rock 0, at Okla. City 1
Final Record: 69-75, 11 GB, last place
Runs Scored: 5.0 per game, 4th among 8 east-side PCL teams
Runs Allowed: 5.2 per game, 6th
Pythagorean Record: 69-75

Chad Bell (4.15 ERA) struck out seven, walked none and allowed one run in six innings.  Bell pitched capably in Round Rock after beginning the season in Myrtle Beach, albeit with more walks and fewer strikeouts than in lower parts of the minors.  In his final four starts, Bell surrendered just four runs and struck out 21 in 22 innings.  Johan Yan (5.03 ERA) covered the 7th and 8th.

The Express put five runners on and hit into two double plays.  Julio Borbon (.304/.349/.433) singled and walked.  Local reports suggest he won't join the Rangers, which has five outfielders and three more who can play out there if needed.

Round Rock was a PCL-best 26-14 in its last 40 games after bottoming out at 43-61 

League leaders:
Julio Borbon -- 2nd in hits (162), 9th in triples (8)
Joey Butler -- 4th in runs (93), 10th in total bases (233), 2nd in walks
Yangervis Solarte -- 9th in hits (147)
Brad Nelson -- 8th in runs (85), 4th in homers (24), 9th in RBI (81), 2nd in total bases (245), 5th in walks (70)

AA: at Frisco 1, Midland 2 (10)
Final Record: 80-60. 1st half: 41-29, 1st place, 4.0 GA.  2nd half: 39-31, 2nd place
Runs Scored: 4.7 per game, 3rd in 8-team league
Runs Allowed: 4.2 per game, 2nd
Pythagorean Record: 77-63

Cody Buckel (3.78 ERA) fanned nine of 16 batters faced and allowed just two singles in five scoreless innings.  Buckel led the organization with 159 strikeouts and (not coincidentally) led all full-time starters with a 27% strikeout rate. 

Justin Grimm tossed two scoreless relief innings with four strikeouts.  He's expected to pitch out of the bullpen in the playoffs.  Possible Game 4 starter Neil Ramirez gave up a solo homer in the 6th and struck out two. 

1B Chris McGuiness (.268/.366/.474) walked twice and singled.  CF Engel Beltre (.261/.307/.420) was 0-3 with two strikeouts.

OF Val Majewski allowed the 10th-inning run on two hits and an HBP.

League leaders (minimum 70 innings for pitching rate stats):
Engel Beltre -- 5th in runs (80), 5th in hits (147), 1st in triples (17), 3rd in total bases (237), 2nd in steals (36)
Jurickson Profar -- 8th in runs (76), 8th in hits (135), 4th in triples (7), 7th in total bases (217), 8th in walks (66), 10th in slugging (.452)
Mike Olt -- 1st in homers (28), 4th in RBI (82), 10th in total bases (205), 9th in walks (61), 5th in OBP (.398), 1st in slugging (.579)
Chris McGuiness -- 4th in homers (23), 7th in RBI (77), 8th in total bases (216), 4th in walks (69), 7th in slugging (.474)
Leury Garcia -- 2nd in triples (11), 5th in steals (31), 10th in average (.292)
Ryan Strausborger  -- 2nd in triples (11), 6th in steals (25)

Justin Grimm -- 1st in ERA (1.72), 2nd in WHIP (1.004), 3rd in walk rate (4%), 9th in strikeout rate (22%), 7th in wins (9)
Carlos Pimentel -- 3rd in ERA (2.55), 4th in strikeout rate (25%), 8th in wins (8)
Barret Loux -- 9th in strikeouts (100), 1st in wins (14)

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 5, Lynchburg 1
Final Record: 74-65. 1st half: 36-34, 3rd place, 8.5 GB.  2nd half: 38-31, 2nd place (playoff qualifier), 5.0 GB
Runs Scored: 3.84 per game, 8th in 8-team league
Runs Allowed: 3.77 per game, 1st
Pythagorean Record: 71-68

The Pelicans strung together nine singles and took advantage of several Hillcat miscues.  2B Odubel Herrera (.284/.335/.382) singled twice and stole his 27th base.  At a higher level and in a tougher hitting environment, the 20-year-old posted nearly identical numbers to 2011. 

Also singling twice were SS Hanser Alberto and 1B Jhonny Gomez.  Alberto batted .262/.270/.360 in 66 games after a .337/.385/.463 line with Hickory.  He continued to be a tough strikeout but hit only .294 when he made contact (compared to .332 for the league) and abandoned the base on balls.  That said, he's the second-youngest batter in the league (19 for another month) and held his own. 

Kyle Devore (3.50 ERA) scattered six hits and three walks in 5.1 inning and yielded a single unearned run.  Devore struck out four.  Josh McElwee struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings and refused to allow a run in three end-of-season outings. 

After a day off, Myrtle Beach will play the entire Carolina League semifinal on the road, Winston-Salem's reward for winning both halves of the season.

League leaders:
Odubel Herrera -- 6th in runs (72), 2nd in hits (142), 4th in doubles (6), 5th in steals (27), 10th in average (.284)
Brett Nicholas -- 6th in hits (127), 3rd in doubles (33), 9th in RBI (63), 8th in average (.285)
Vin DiFazio -- 7th in walks (53)

Cody Buckel -- 1st in ERA (1.31), 1st in WHIP (.98), 3rd in strikeout rate (31%)
Joe Van Meter -- 2nd in ERA (2.06), 5th in WHIP (1.06), 7th in strikeout rate (25%
Nick Tepesch -- 6th in ERA (2.89)
Randy Henry -- 10th in ERA (3.35)
Wilmer Font -- 9th in WHIP (1.14), 1st in strikeout rate (32%), 8th in strikeouts (109)

Low-A: Hickory 2, at Greenville 4
Final Record: 74-65. 1st half: 36-33, 3rd place, 9.5 GB.  2nd half: 38-32, 2nd place, 3.0 GB
Runs Scored: 5.1 per game, 3rd in 16-team league
Runs Allowed: 4.7 per game, 6th
Pythagorean Record: 75-64

Hickory outhit the Drive 9-3.  Trever Adams (.286/.331/.421) doubled twice, and Drew Robinson (.273/.409/.444) was 2-4.  Needing two hits (or a 1-for-2 day) to reach .200, Jordan Akins went 1-3 and was on deck when the game ended.  He finished at .199/.224/.323 with 11 homers and 14 SB.  1B Jorge Alfaro (.261/.320/.430) doubled. 

In his first full-season appearance, 20-year-old Richard Alvarez allowed a solo homer and walked two in three innings.  He struck out three.  Paul Schwendel (2.73 ERA) gave up the other runs during a messy 4th but retired his final five in order, and Jose Monegro pitched a clean 7th and 8th.

League leaders:
Zach Cone -- 7th in homers (17)
Chris Grayson -- 6th in triples (6)
Drew Robinson -- 3rd in walks (86), 5th in OBP (.409)
Luis Sardinas -- 10th in steals (32)

Jerad Eickhoff -- 3rd in wins (13)
Arlett Mavare -- 3rd in strikeout rate (31%)

Short-A: 28-48, season over

Rookie: 34-22, league champion

Five Years Ago Yesterday

Oklahoma closed 2012 by losing eight of ten, falling out of a first-place tie into a final record of 71-73. 

Frisco was 85-55 and playoff bound.  In the finale, John Mayberry doubled twice. Mayberry’s time in Frisco split into two very different halves. In his first 34 games he batted .276/.354/.552; in the final 35 he staggered to .209/.264/.364. Chris Davis finished at .294/.371/.688 in Frisco. Davis hit 36 homers and plated 118 runners on the season, both among the best in pro ball.

Bakersfield ended at 57-83.  Elvis Andrus singled and walked to finish at .300/.369/.373. Max Ramirez (.304/.420/.500) singled twice. Craig Gentry (.272/.325/.371 in Bakersfield) singled and stole his 42nd base of the season against 10 caught. 

Clinton (70-67) joined Frisco in the postseason despite a 29-41 second half.  Marcus Lemon had a sub-.300 OBP as late as May 30th, after which he batted .285/.380/.404. He also committed 35 errors and succeeded in under half his steal attempts (12 of 26).  Chad Tracy (.250/.320/.409) mashed his 14th homer. 

Today's Starters

Nobody.  Frisco and Myrtle Beach play on Wednesday. 

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