The Farm Report -- 4/14/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/13

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Stars of the Day
AAA: none
AA: Kevin Pucetas / Jared Hoying, Alex Buchholz, Ryan Strausborger
Hi-A: Jerad Eickhoff, Jon Edwards / Rougned Odor, Trever Adams
Lo-A: Tyler Smith / Joey Gallo, Joe Maloney, Lewis Brinson

AAA: Round Rock 2, at  New Orleans (MIA) 3
Record: 6-4, tied for 1st

The Zephyrs' go-ahead run scored on a Greg Miclat error in the 7th.  Collin Balester gave up three runs in 6.1 innings. 

Offense was muted; none had an extra-base hit or reached safely twice.  Jurickson Profar sat out again. 

Mike Olt (.081/.190/.135) drew an intentional walk.  He's got three hits, five walks and 17 strikeouts in his first ten games in AAA.  A couple of great games can compensate for a ten-game slump.  Olt could really use a couple of great games.

AA: at Frisco 6, Arkansas (LAA) 0
Record: 5-4, -2.0

RF Jared Hoying homered for the second time in two days, while CF Ryan Strausborger and 3B Alex Buchholz hit their first of the season.  Hoying and Strausborger also walked, and Buchholz added a double.  Kevin Pucetas stifled the Travelers for 7.1 innings with only five hits and a walk allowed.  Lefty Jimmy Reyes took care of Arkansas's final five in order and fanned one.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 7, at  Salem (BOS) 1
Record: 4-4, -1.0

Like Neil Ramirez for Frisco on Friday, Jerad Eickhoff rebounded strongly from a rough first start, sending down five Red Sox on strikes and yielding no runs on three hits and two walks in five innings.  Jon Edwards fanned three in two scoreless innings.

Back in the lineup, 2B Rougned Odor walked twice and doubled.  DH Trever Adams clubbed his second homer.  Catcher Kellin Deglan singled and walked.  Zach Cone suffered a leg injury on Friday. 

Low-A: Hickory 9, at  Kannapolis (CHW) 6
Record: 4-6, -3.0

Joey Gallo hit his third homer of the young season, a no-doubter off the bat, I'm told.  He also walked and was hit by a pitch.  CF Lewis Brinson reached on a single, walk and HBP.  DH Joe Maloney hit his first low-A homer.  Every Crawdad had one hit except SS Luis Marte, who singled twice.

Tyler Smith let an inherited runner score but otherwise tossed 3.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts.  Starter Eric Brooks was touched for five runs on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts, in 3.2 innings.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
In hitter-friendly Albuquerque, Eric Hurley allowed ten hits and two walks, leading to six runs in 4.2 innings.  Hard to believe, but his first and only season in the Majors was five years ago.  Hurley asked for his release from Minnesota's AAA squad last summer and is out of baseball, to my knowledge. 

Low-A Clinton received RF Mitch Moreland from Extended Spring Training.  Texas recalled Scott Feldman and optioned Kaz Fukumori.

Today's Starters
AAA: Josh Lindblom
AA: Carlos Pimentel
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez


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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