Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/12 Stars of the Day
AAA: Richard Bleier / Joey Butler
AA: Neil Ramirez, Roman Mendez / Jared Hoying, Tomas Telis, Alejandro Selen
Hi-A: Ryan Harvey / Luis Sardinas, Trever Adams
Jose Leclerc / Preston Beck, Luis Marte AAA: Round Rock 1, at New Orleans (MIA) 3
Record: 6-3, tied for 1st
In his first AAA appearance following three occasionally injury-marred seasons in Frisco, righty Richard Bleier struck out one in two perfect innings. Texas drafted Bleier in the 6th round of 2008. starter Randy Wells allowed three runs in five innings. LF Joey Butler was 3-4. Jurickson Profar was held out again. AA: at Frisco 9, Arkansas (LAA) 0
Record: 4-4, -2.0
Neil Ramirez rectified his first start, limiting the Travelers to two hits and two walks in 5.2 innings while fanning five. Roman Mendez did Ramirez a solid by stranding two of those four runners, and he pitched two more innings with minimal trouble. Wilmer Font struck out one and walked one in the 9th.
CF Jared Hoying's first homer and a single led the offense. Catcher Tomas Telis was 3-4 with a double, and DH Alejandro Selen homered, also his first. High-A: Myrtle Beach 2, at Salem (BOS) 7
Record: 3-4, -2.0
Salem dropped some punishment on reliever Arlett Mavare (1.1 IP, 5 R) to erase a 2-2 tie in the 8th. Starter Victor Payano wasn't sterling in terms of runs allowed (two in four frames) but permitted only four runners and struck out five. Ryan Harvey worked 2.2 scoreless. DH Trever Adams walked twice and clubbed a two-run homer, his first. Adams (.308/.379/.462) started extremely slowly last year, such that I thought he might be a candidate for dismissal. (College-aged 1Bs typically are under more pressure to produce now, than, say, a 19-year-old shortstop.) But, Adams hit well in 2012's second half and is obviously off to a fine start in April. Luis Sardinas (19, shortstop) walked and doubled to improve to .280/.419/.320.
CF Zach Cone had to be removed after hitting a double. That's all I know at present. Rougned Odor also missed action after DH'ing only the first half of the previous game. Low-A: Hickory 2, at Kannapolis (CHW) 10
Record: 3-6, -3.0
Sam Stafford couldn't finish the 1st, walking four of six batters before replacement by Alexander Claudio, who limited the damage to a lone run. Claudio ran into his own trouble later and allowed four runs in 3.1 innings. Jose Leclerc sports a garish 8.44 ERA, but two of his three outings have been terrific. Yesterday, he fanned four in two scoreless innings.
1B Preston Beck (.333/.467/.417) went 2-3 with a double and walk. SS Luis Marte singled twice and walked.
Redoubtable Kannapolis media man Josh Feldman tells me Ryan Rua's homer on Thursday was of the inside-the-park variety. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Corey Ragsdale, who now manages Hickory, hit a solo homer and sac fly for Frisco.
Against AAA Oklahoma, former Ranger 3B Fernando Tatis, now a New Orleans Zephyr, started at shortstop for the first time in a professional career dating back to 1992. Recently outrighted Nelson Cruz (.348/.484/.565) went 3-5 with a first-inning solo homer.
Clinton finally played. Starter Derek Holland (1.86 ERA) struck out five in 3.2 innings but otherwise didn’t enjoy the blustery 37-degree weather, allowing five runs (two earned). In the back end of the doubleheader, Neftali Feliz couldn’t escape the 1st after walking five, permitting two stolen bases and uncorking a wild pitch.
Texas DL'ed reliever Eddie Guardado and recalled Luis Mendoza. Today's Starters
AAA: Collin Balester
AA: Kevin Pucetas
Hi-A: Jared Eickhoff
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez