The Farm Report -- 4/19/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 4/18

2011 first-round pick LHP Kevin Matthews will undergo surgery for a bone spur in his shoulder and miss several months, likely the whole season.  Per a story from T.R. Sullivan at ten days ago, Matthews had been "dealing with an impingement in his shoulder since the beginning of Spring Training."

OF Julio Borbon was claimed by the Chicago Cubs.  Texas had been unable to work out a trade with anyone and placed Borbon on waivers.  Borbon was the 35th-overall selection of the 2007 draft.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Richard Bleier, Neal Cotts, Cory Burns / Engel Beltre, Joey Butler, Chris McGuiness, Mike Olt
AA: Neil Ramirez, Jimmy Reyes, Wilmer Font, Ryan Rodebaugh, Guilder Rodriguez / Brett Nicholas, Hanser Alberto
Hi-A: Nick McBride
Lo-A: john Kukuruda, Cody Kendall / Joe Maloney, Nick Williams

AAA: Round Rock 3, at Oklahoma City (HOU) 5 (7 innings)
AAA: Round Rock 8, at Oklahoma City (HOU) 4 (7 innings)
Record: 9-6, tied for 1st

In a drab opener, Randy Wells allowed four runs in five innings.  Engel Beltre (.276/.323/.310) was 2-4 with his fifth and sixth stolen bases.  Jurickson Profar (.265/.432/.441) walked twice.  He skipped the second game.

In the nightcap, Round Rock scored five in the top of the 7th to take a seemingly comfortable 8-1 lead.  Instead, Cory Burns had to face the tying run after Evan Meek put six of seven batters on base.  Burns struck out consecutive batters to end the threat.  Richard Bleier (1.50 ERA) gave up a run in four innings, and Neal Cotts fanned five in two scoreless frames.

Mike Olt (.135/.224/.192) was 2-3 with a double and intentional walk.  Chris McGuiness (.235/.328/.451) doubled and walked twice, and Joey Butler (.353/.460/.451) raised him a single.  Beltre had two more singles.

AA: Frisco 4, at Corpus Christi (HOU) 2 (17 innings)
Record: 9-4, +1.0, 6-game winning streak

The longest game in Frisco history ended in victory.  Dormant for most of the extra innings, the offense awakened in the 17th assisted by sloppy play by the Hooks. Tomas Telis led off with a single and scored on a fielder's choice, and Jared Hoying singled home Hanser Alberto.

Neil Ramirez (1.88 ERA) began with three perfect innings and five strikeouts.  In the fourth, a double and three walks ended his perfecto, no-hitter and shutout in short order.  He recovered for a clean fifth, striking out seven overall.  Jimmy Reyes (2 IP, 1 SO), Wilmer Font (2 IP, 5 SO) and Ryan Rodebaugh (4 IP, 4 SO) kept the Hooks in line.

The winning pitcher was infielder Guilder Rodriguez, who worked around a double and intentional walk in the 16th.  Rodriguez throws five pitches, more or less, and maybe not all intentionally, but I can generously credit him for a four-seamer, two-seamer, curve, slider and change in his 17-pitch outing.  He struck out Jonathan Mier on four pitches.

Frisco had 12 singles and three walks, two of them intentional.  Brett Nicholas's third homer and Hanser Alberto's three hits were the standouts.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 1, at Carolina (CLE) 5
Record: 6-7, -1.0

Jerad Eickhoff (6.75 ERA) yielded five runs (two earned) in five innings.  Eickhoff was to blame for only five safe runners, three on hits and two plunked by the man himself.  Nick McBride (2.35 ERA) tossed a scoreless 6th and 7th.

Consecutive doubles by Chris Grayson and Luis Sardinas followed by a passed ball plated Myrtle Beach's lone run in the 9th.  A walk and HBP brought Kellin Deglan up as the tying run but he popped out.  The Pelicans have scored 3.2 runs per game, easily worst in the league.

Low-A: at Hickory 8, Charleston (NYY) 6
Record: 8-7, -2.0

1B Joe Maloney (.214/.353/.679) connected on his third and fourth homers of the young season, and LF Nick Williams (.273/.317/.600) hit his fifth.  Hickory trailed 5-1 early.  Jorge Alfaro doubled and walked, and Joey Gallo walked twice. 

Eric Brooks (9.00 ERA) didn't suffer the control issues of previous starts but allowed seven hits including five doubles in his 3.2 innings.  Six runs scored against him, four of them earned, and he struck out one.  John Kukuruda was walk-prone but otherwise solid in his 3.2 scoreless innings, issuing three free passes and striking out four.  Cody Kendall's spotless 8th and 9th preserved the win.

Hickory's 22 homers in 15 games easily lead the Sally League.  The Crawdads also lead in strikeouts and are down near the bottom in walks.  Conversely, Hickory's pitchers have walked a league-worst 4.5 per game.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Infielder German Duran ascended to the Majors concurrent with Marlon Byrd's DL stint.  Thomas Diamond was transferred to the 60-day DL after his Tommy John surgery.  Sports Illustrated ran a story about the plight of Alexi Ogando and Omar Beltre, then stranded in the Dominican Republic because of their role in an immigration scam.

Today's Starters
AAA: Collin Balester
AA: Kevin Pucetas
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez

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