The Farm Report -- 4/15/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/14

Texas bumped OF Preston Beck up to Myrtle Beach and DL'ed OF Zach Cone.  Beck spent March's intersquads with the AA group, so I thought an immediate assignment to Myrtle Beach was probable. 

Stars of the Day
AAA: Josh Lindblom, Neal Cotts / Robinson Chirinos, Eli Whiteside
AA: Carlos Pimentel, Jake Brigham / Jared Hoying, Brett Nicholas, Alex Buchholz, Ryan Strausborger
Hi-A: Alec Asher / Drew Robinson, Chris Grayson
Lo-A: none

AAA: Round Rock 2, at  New Orleans (MIA) 1
Record: 7-4, +1.0

Josh Lindblom (0.75 ERA) faced two over the minimum, struck out three and needed only 63 pitches to complete five innings.  Lindblom has allowed eight runners in 12 innings.  Neal Cotts followed with four Ks in two clean innings. Cory Burns earned a one-inning save with one walk. 

Engel Beltre walked twice (a rare occurence) but was caught stealing for the fourth time, this one after a pickoff.  Catcher Eli Whiteside was 3-4 with a solo homer, and DH Robinson Chirinos walked twice and doubled.

Jurickson Profar returned to action (0-3) but was replaced by Greg Miclat toward the end, and he's not in today's lineup. 

Mike Olt (.073/.174/.122) donned the golden sombrero.  Olt is hitless in 29 visits to the plate against right-handers and has struck out in 21 of his 46 total plate appearances (46%).  He's already endured 0-for-18 and 0-for-19 streaks, the second of which is ongoing.

AA: at Frisco 9, NW Arkansas (KC) 2
Record: 6-4, -1.0

The second homers of the season by Ryan Strausborger (who also singled), Alex Buchholz and Brett Nicholas (who singled and walked) plated seven runs.  Jared Hoying declined to go yard but did steal his first base while reaching on two walks and a single.

Carlos Pimentel couldn't produce a third consecutive shutout for the Riders but limited enemy output to two runs on five innings on six hits, two walks and five strikeouts.  Jake Brigham fanned three in three scoreless innings.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 6, at  Salem  (BOS) 7
Record: 4-5, -1.0

Knotted at four in the 9th, the Pelicans scored twice but gave up three.  Myrtle Beach drew eight walks, including two by3B Drew Robinson, who also singled.  LF Chris Grayson singled, walked and stole his third base.  Preston Beck was 1-4 in his debut Saturday and walked twice on Sunday. 

Alec Asher held the Red Sox scoreless for six innings on three hits, a walk and seven strikeouts, while Will Lamb (0.2 IP, 4 R) and Nick McBride (0.2 IP, 3 R) bore the brunt of Salem's wrath.

Low-A: Hickory 0, at  Kannapolis (CHW) 6
Record: 4-7, -3.0

Hickory had three baserunners.  Kelvin Vasquez walked five and allowed three runs in 3.2 innings, and Jose Valdespina tossed a scoreless 8th. 

In the early going, Hickory's best hitters have been the now-departed Preston Beck for on-base percentage (333/.467/.417) and Nick Williams for slugging (.243/.317/.568).  RHP Cody Kendall replaced Beck, so the Crawdads now have 14 pitchers and only 11 position players.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Soak in the Oklahoma history: "Kevin Mench (1-5) and Casey Benjamin (2-4) each hit solo homers. Drew Meyer went 3-5. Chris Shelton (2-5) doubled, Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2-4, BB) tripled, and Brandon Boggs (2-4) doubled twice." 

2007 draftee Evan Reed jumped from low-A Clinton to AA Frisco for a spot start and held Arkansas scoreless for five innings.  Solo homers by Max Ramirez (#3) and John Mayberry (#2) aided victory in the nightcap. 

Scott Feldman lasted only a day in Texas, replaced by Wes Littleton.

Today's Starters
AAA: Ross Wolf
AA: Ryan Feierabend
Hi-A: Nick Martinez
Lo-A:  CJ Edwards


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