The Farm Report -- 9/7/2012

Texas released LHP Miguel de los Santos, who had been designated for assignment last week.  That's all I know.'s Jonathan Mayo has updated his Top 100 prospect list: 1) SS Jurickson Profar, 17) 3B Mike Olt, 50) LHP Martin Perez, 96) RHP Cody Buckel. 

OF Leonys Martin and LHP Chad Bell will play for Licey in the Dominican Winter League.

Stars of the Day:
AA: Leury Garcia, Chris McGuiness, Ryan Strausborger, Jared Prince
High-A: Joe Van Meter / Vin DiFazio, Edwin Garcia, Brett Nicholas

AA: at Frisco 3, Corpus Christi 2
Frisco leads best-of-five semifinal 2-0

Frisco erased a 2-0 deficit in the 8th and walked off in the 9th on a two-out, no-doubt solo homer by Leury Garcia, who has nine regular-season bombs to his credit in five season.  The blast earned a fist-pump from one Jon Daniels.  Perhaps no one was happier than Wednesday-night defensive star Guilder Rodriguez, who led off the 9th with a walk, advanced on an Engel Beltre sacrifice, and then was thrown out by five feet on a quasi-delayed attempt at stealing third. 

Here's video of the game-winner:

Garcia also scored Frisco's first run when he reached on an error before a Chris McGuiness double.  Pinch-runner Val Majewski tied the game on a Ryan Strausborger's tapped single just over the head of 1B Jonathan Singleton.  Jared Prince was 2-3 with a walk.

Wilfredo Boscan allowed two runs on five hits, two walks and two strikeouts on 93 pitches in six innings.  His fastball ranged from 86 to 94 and mostly sat in the upper eighties.  He wasn't showing the form that led to 89 strikeouts in 98 innings. 

In two innings, Justin Grimm surrendered an infield single and hard double by RF Jake Goebbert.  He whiffed Enrique Hernandez on what appeared to be one of his infrequent sliders and got slugger Jonathan Singleton to stare at a third-strike fastball.  One elevated-but-tight changeup resulted in a double-play grounder.  In the 9th, Ryan Rodebaugh struck out the side in order with his 88-91 fastball and a slider/curve mix ranging from 68 to 81.  He's among the softer throwers in the Frisco pen, but the Hooks certainly didn't look comfortable against him.

Houston SS Jed Lowrie will begin a rehab assignment in Corpus Christi tonight.  Unfortunately, Mike Napoli isn't quite ready to counter that move. 

Video of Barret Loux:
Wilmer Font:
Roman Mendez:

High-A: Myrtle Beach 3, at Winston-Salem 5
Best-of-three semifinal tied 1-1

Ouch.  After limiting one of the best offenses in the minors to two runs in 14 innings, Myrtle Beach finally succumbed.  Down 2-1 in the 6th, Winston-Salem strung together three singles against Joe Van Meter (5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 SO) to plate the tying run.  Catcher Vin DiFazio homered to retake the lead for the Pelicans, but a solo homer and three other hits off Zach Osborne in the 7th gave the Dash a lead they would not relinquish.  

Until then, Myrtle Beach was executing its Game 1 strategy.  Van Meter missed bats, and the offense scored two in the 3rd on two walks, an error and wild pitch.  Myrtle Beach has only nine hits in two games.  Edwin Garcia had three walks and a single, and 1B Brett Nicholas singled twice. 

With one out in the 3rd, CF Teodoro Martinez caught a scorched liner and gunned down a runner at the plate.  Winston-Salem's manager was ejected for letting the umpire know  just how very obviously safe the runner was, but in any case, Martinez made an outstanding play.

Five Years Ago Today

Frisco lost again to San Antonio.  The Texas League's best team would have to win three straight to advance to the finals.  The Riders scored their lone run on a Casey Benjamin homer. 

Clinton tied its best-of-three with Cedar Rapids behind six scoreless relief innings from Beau Jones.  Rain forced out Starter Kasey Kiker after two innings.  Chad Tracy stole two bases.  These were the quarterfinals, not semis as I'd previously stated.  I forget the Midwest League dragged a preposterous eight of 14 teams into the postseason. 

Today’s Starters:
AA: Nick Tepesch
High-A: Nick McBride

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