The Farm Report -- 4/18/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/17

Stars of the Day
Hi-A: Victor Payano, Randol Rojas / Chris Grayson, Luis Sardinas
Lo-A: Alexander Claudio / Joey Gallo, Ryan Rua, Jordan Akins


Doubleheader today beginning at 4:30.


Frisco has headed down to the fine facility in Corpus Christi to take on the Houston-affiliated Hooks.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 0, Winston-Salem (CHA) 2
Record: 6-6, tied for 1st

Only a solo homer sullied another fine effort from Victor Payano (1.88 ERA), who struck out nine, walked none and allowed one other hit.  The 6'5" lefty has a very easy motion with a fastball that usually hovers in the low 90s but can reach a few ticks higher. 

Here's Payano in 2012:

Softer-throwing Randol Rojas (2.45 ERA) produced two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.  LF Chris Grayson (.227/.346/.364) doubled and walked, and SS Luis Sardinas added his first stolen base to his single and walk.

Low-A: Hickory 6, at  Asheville (COL) 5 (10 innings)
Record: 7-7, -2.0

Solo homers by Jordan Akins in the 9th and Joey Gallo in the 10th supplied the tying and go-ahead runs.  Gallo (.231/.317/.615) also homered in the 1st, giving him an organization-best six for the season.  He added two walks. 

Akins (.326/.340/.522) also doubled.  He's on pace for 12 walks and 120 strikeouts, which is more than just a silly short-sample extrapolation.  Last year, he drew 12 walked and fanned 162 times.  Akins was recruited by Central Florida as a wide receiver.  He had the body of a linebacker in Surprise last month.
Sam Stafford (7.50 ERA) again struggled with his control, walking five in 2.2 innings, striking out three and allowing a run and three hits.  Tyler Smith, the reigning Sally League Pitcher of the Week, suffered his first setback in the form of four runs on five hits and two walks in 3.1 innings.  Alexander Claudio (3.46 ERA) whiffed five in four scoreless, nearly perfect frames.  Claudio is being employed like a tandem starter, tossing more than three innings in each of his last three times out.  2B Ryan Rua (.217/.345/.478) doubled twice.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma blasted Round Rock 19-3, led by Nelson Cruz, who belted a three-run shot (his 3rd), doubled, and walked twice.  In Frisco, Max Ramirez (.255/.364/.638) led off the 9th with a homer; his five homers tied him with four others for the AA lead.  Bakersfield's Chad Tracy and Mauro Gomez both hit solo homers, their first of the season.

Today's Starters
AAA: Randy Wells and Richard Bleier
AA: Neil Ramirez
Hi-A: Jared Eickhoff
Lo-A: Eric Brooks

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