The Farm Report -- 4/16/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/15

Stars of the Day
AAA: Ross Wolf / Mike Olt, Greg Miclat
AA: Ryan Rodebaugh / Jared Hoying, Alex Buchholz, Alejandro Selen, Zach Zaneski, Ryan Strausborger
Hi-A: Nick Martinez, Phil Klein, Arlett Mavare / Kevin Torres
Lo-A: CJ Edwards, Josh McElwee / Joey Gallo, Jorge Alfaro

AAA: Round Rock 2, at  New Orleans (MIA) 3
Record: 7-5, tied for 1st

DH Mike Olt was 2-4.  Still playing in place of Jurickson Profar, Greg Miclat doubled, singled and walked twice.  In the 9th, Olt's third double of the season reduced the deficit to a run and put the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position with none out.  They would get no further.

Ross Wolf pitched well again (6 IP, 2 R, 1.80 ERA), but a solo homer against Johan Yan in the 7th would ultimately prove too much to overcome.  Lefty Brad Mills is the league's Pitcher of the Week for his two outstanding starts covering 13 innings.

AA: at Frisco 10, NW Arkansas (KC) 3
Record: 7-4, tied for 1st

Frisco erupted for six in the 7th, led by catcher Zach Zaneski's three-run homer, his first.  Zaneski also doubled.  RF Alejandro Selen doubled twice and walked, and LF Ryan Strausborger was 2-3 with a double and walk.  3B Alex Buchholz was 3-5 with a double. 

CF Jared Hoying's third homer iced the cake in the 8th.  Hoying slugged .543 with 10 homers at short-season Spokane in 2010, but in full-season ball he'd hit 13 across two seasons. 

Reliever Ryan Rodebaugh tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.  One bad outing in four has his ERA at a lofty 7.20.  Starter Ryan Feierabend (4.20 ERA) yielded three runs in six innings.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 2, Winston-Salem (CHW) 0
Record: 5-5, tied for 1st

The Pelicans posted their third shutout in ten games.  Nick Martinez (3.18 ERA) worked the first five and struck out five with four hits allowed.  Phil Klein (2 K) and Arlett Mavare (2 K) split the rest.  Myrtle Beach didn't walk anyone.  Winston-Salem loaded the bases with one out in the 9th on two singles and a Drew Robinson error, but Mavare induced a popup and fanned the final batter. 

1B Kevin Torres's solo homer was among three Pelican hits.  DH Trever Adams and RF Preston Beck walked twice.  Myrtle Beach is hitting .204/.297/.324 with 3.5 runs per game, awfully low even for the Carolina League.  Among regulars, young Rougned Odor leads the way at .294/.368/.618.

Low-A: Hickory 6, at  Asheville (COL) 3
Record: 5-7, -2.0

Erasing the wild 5th inning of CJ Edwards' previous start results in a line of 14 IP, 7 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and 13 strikeouts.  Yesterday, Edwards (2.51 ERA) limited the Tourists to a run in five frames on three hits, a walk and six strikeouts.  Opponents are hitting .192/.250/.231 against him.  Josh McElwee recovered from two rough outings to produce 2.1 scoreless innings with four strikeouts.  Jose Leclerc suffered his second beating (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SO) in four times out.

3B Joey Gallo (.205/.280/.500) clubbed his fourth homer and singled, while catcher Jorge Alfaro (.308/.357/.462) singled and hit his first bomb.  LF Nick Williams and RF Nomar Mazara singled twice. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
I hurt my back and blamed it on a delay in the report.  Present-day Tampa Bay Ray Ryan Roberts  fell a homer short of the cycle for Oklahoma, and Nelson Cruz and Nate Gold hit their second homers.  Frisco received homers from Max Ramirez, Craig Gentry and Taylor Teagarden (#2, solo).

Low-A Clinton walked eight and committed seven errors in a loss. Friend of the Newberg Report Ryan Tatusko (now on Washington's AAA squad) was all over the place in his first start, walking five, throwing a wild pitch, and committing a balk and throwing error in three innings. He also didn’t allow a hit.  Catcher Jose Felix, now in Round Rock, went 3-4 with a two-run homer, his first.

Today's Starters
AAA: Brad Mills
AA: Cody Buckel
Hi-A: Luke Jackson
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck

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