The Farm Report -- 9/13/2012

Texas extended its player development contract with Round Rock through 2018.  Aside from affiliates owned by parent clubs, the only longer deal is between AA Trenton and the Yankees.  I think the only teams that may change AAA affiliates this fall are Toronto (taking over Buffalo) and the Mets (banished to Las Vegas).

Stars of the Day:
AA: Nick Tepesch / Jared Prince

AA: Frisco 4, at Springfield 6
Frisco trails best-of-five finals 0-2

Ahead 4-0 in the 8th, two of Frisco's most effective pitchers surrendered six two-out runs.  Justin Grimm retired two batters but loaded the bases on a double and two walks.  Ross Wolf replaced him.  I've barely mentioned Wolf this season because he's a 29-year-old free-agent signing, but he's been a formidable member of the Frisco pen.  Not this time.  Singles by Greg Garcia, Xavier Scruggs and Adam Melker tied the game, and a two-run double by catcher Audry Perez completed the destruction.

Nick Tepesch shut out the Cards on three hits, two walks and two hit batters across 6.1 innings.  He struck out five.  Unfortunately, his 13.1 scoreless postseason innings will virtually disappear, as tracking down minor-league playoff records requires some digging.  Attaching them to his regular season lowers his ERA in AA from 4.28 to 3.73.  Richard Bleier struck out the only batter he faced.

In two games, Frisco has allowed a very reasonable 13 hits in 16 innings, but three were homers and four others came with runners in scoring position.

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer in the 8th.  He struck out once in three other hitless at-bats.  Napoli caught the entire game and gunned down Jermaine Curtis on an attempted steal of second. 

DH Jared Prince was 2-3 with a run.  SS Guilder Rodriguez had an RBI single.  CF Engel Beltre singled and drove in a run on a groundout.  Frisco was again held to just five hits.

Five Years Ago Today

Edinson Volquez and the Rangers were pounded by Detroit.  Texas fell to 69-76 and was one loss or one LA win away from divisional elimination.  The Rangers had recovered from a 23-42 start to pull within five games of .500 (69-74) but went 6-13 the rest of the way.  Texas recalled pitcher Armando Galarraga and activated Brandon McCarthy from the DL the previous day. 

Today’s Starters:

AA: Travel day.  Actually a rest day.  Frisco's bus pulled in this morning.

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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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