The Farm Report -- 4/12/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/11

Greetings from an airport.  I transposed Luke Jackson and Cody Buckel within yesterday's starters.  Sorry for the error and thanks for the (many) concerned/confused emails.  I'll almost always mention major transactions "above the fold," so if you see a curious set of starters without mention elsewhere in a report, well, it's likely I've screwed up.  I'll work on the mistakes.

I'll also be including more batters' lines and pitchers' stats soon.  Stats are chaotic in the  short run, so with a few exceptions, I prefer not to place much emphasis on how players perform over the course of a week.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Brad Mills / Jim Adduci
AA: Randy Henry, Ben Rowen
Hi-A: Luke Jackson, Phil Klein, Nick McBride / Rougned Odor, Trever Adams
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck, Jose Valdespina, Ryne Slack / Lewis Brinson, Ryan Rua, Jordan Akins

AAA: at Round Rock 2, Iowa (CHC) 0
Record: 6-2, +0.5

Handy waiver claim Brad Mills shut down the Cubs for seven innings on two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.  Across four seasons, Mills has 53 high-strikeout, high-walk, high-hit innings with the Jays and Angels.  His career AAA ERA is 4.64, actually a respectable figure given his former home turfs of Salt Lake and Las Vegas.

Jurickson Profar was held out as a precautionary measure because of side tightness.  3B Mike Olt fanned three times and fell to .097/.200/.161.  RF Jim Adduci singled and doubled.

AA: at Frisco 3, Arkansas (LAA) 6
Record: 3-4, -3.0

Cody Buckel tendered a truly disheartening outing.  Of 11 batters faced, six drew walks and another was hit.  Buckel threw 50 pitches, of which 38 were taken by Arkansas and 29 deemed balls.  He did at least strike out three and surrender no hits in his 1.2 innings. 

Randy Henry recorded the final out of the 2nd with no further damage and worked three more scoreless frames with no walks and six strikeouts.  Ben Rowen tossed a scoreless 8th and 9th.  Ryan Rodebaugh, stalwart of the 2012 Frisco bullpen, was roughed up for the first time (0.2 IP, 4 R).

High-A: Myrtle Beach 2, at  Lynchburg (ATL) 0
Record: 3-3, -1.0

Still in Myrtle Beach despite my singlehanded attempt at a promotion, Luke Jackson shut out the Hillcats for five innings on three hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.  Phil Klein (2 IP, 2 BB, 2 SO) and Nick McBride (2 IP, 0 of everything else) repelled any chance of a comeback by Lynchburg.

In the 9th, Trever Adams provided an entertaining  insurance run by reaching first on a dropped strikeout, stealing second, advanced to third on an error and scoring on a Drew Robinson double.  Adams also singled and walked.  DH Rougned Odor doubled and singled. 

Low-A: Hickory 6, at  Kannapolis (CHW) 1
Record: 3-5, -2.0

Hickory scored early and made it stick.  CF Lewis Brinson was 3-5 with a double, and LF Jordan Akins stole a base while going 2-4 with a double.  2B Ryan Rua belted a three-run homer, his second. 

A bit wild in his first start, Connor Sadzeck issued just one free pass in five innings this time around.  He limited the Intimidators to a run on three hits and fanned four.  Like Myrtle Beach above them, two relievers -- Jose Valdespina and Ryne Slack -- divided four scoreless innings equally.  Slack struck out four against one walk.  The undrafted Slack signed with Texas out of Spartanburg (SC) Methodist College last summer.

Five Years Ago Yesterday

Oklahoma's Wes Littleton and Frank Francisco tossed two scoreless innings, while 2B German Duran (250/.317/.361) had his first multi-hit game in AAA with two singles and a triple.  Frisco's John Mayberry (.200/.286/.367) had only one hit, but it was the four-base version, his first of the season.

And a fourth consecutive game lost to weather for Clinton.

Today's Starters
AAA: Randy Wells
AA: Neil Ramirez
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Sam Stafford


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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