Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/1
Up to Round Rock: RHP Jake Brigham, LHP Ryan Feierabend and IF Alex Buchholz from Frisco. I'd expected Brigham to start the season in AAA. He posted a perfect 0.00 ERA in 13.2 relief innings for Frisco, albeit with a walk or HBP issued to a lofty 16% of opponents. Feierabend has over 100 MLB innings to his credit and plenty of prior AAA duty. The 25-year-old Buchholz will be making his AAA debut. Round Rock has DL'ed OF Joey Butler (hamstring) and RHP Collin Balester.
Up to Frisco: RHP Phil Klein and RHP Arlett Mavare from Myrtle Beach. The 6'7" Klein was wasn't drafted until the 30th round in 2011 but is the first member of Texas's '11 class to reach AA. (The first as a Ranger, I should say. Traded RHP Kyle Hendricks, picked in the 8th round, opened 2013 with AA Tennessee.) Klein offers a fastball that runs low 90s and touches 95 plus a slider.
Up to Myrtle Beach: RHP Francisco Mendoza and RHP Paul Schwendel. Both had been at extended spring training.
Up to Hickory: LHP Joe Burns from Arizona. Burns was Texas's 2012 28th rounder out of Samford and posted a 2.25 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 32 relief innings at short-season Spokane. Hickory DL'ed Sam Stafford, who hadn't pitched in a week. Stafford has allowed 11 walks and 11 hits in nine innings with a 6.00 ERA. Stars of the Day
AAA: Josh Lindblom / Yangervis Solarte, Aaron Cunningham
AA: Tyler Tufts, Phil Klein / Brett Nicholas
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Tyler Smith / Lewis Brinson AAA: Round Rock 1, at Iowa (CHC) 0
Record: 15-12, -1.5
Josh Lindblom limited the Cubbies to two hits and two walks in eight innings while striking out five. Lindblom (1.42 ERA) has pitched exceptionally, striking out 24% of his opponents and holding them to a line of .152/.208/.277. As I mentioned after his prior start, his fastball and slider are certainly MLB-ready if needed. Like Brigham the previous day, Cory Burns loaded the bases before notching a save.
LF Aaron Cunningham (.254/.379/.366) doubled twice, and 3B Yangervis Solarte (.221/.269/.358) doubled and singled. AA: at Frisco 2, San Antonio (SDG) 8
Record: 14-12, -1.0
Moved to a relief role, Cody Buckel was pulled after three walks and a double to five batters. Buckel threw five of 18 pitches for strikes.
Newcomer Phil Klein lasted three innings on 44 pitches, striking out four and allowing a run on a single and walk. Pressed into starting duty for the evening, Tyler Tufts (4.38 ERA) provided three scoreless innings with three hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Ben Rowen reverted to his early-season control problems, walking two in 1.2 innings but striking out three and allowing one unearned run. Wilmer Font (0.75 ERA) was even wilder, allowing three unearned runs on a walk, two wild pitches, a hit-by-pitch and two hits in one 30-pitch inning.
1B Brett Nicholas (.280/.346/.505) had three of Frisco's five hits.
High-A: Myrtle Beach 1, at Frederick (BAL) 3
Record: 15-11, +1.0
Alec Asher (3.58 ERA) pitched pretty well, striking out five in six innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks. Opponents are hitting .200/.263/.343 against him.
Francisco Mendoza allowed two hits in a scoreless 7th. The Pelicans amassed four singles and reached twice on errors.
Low-A: at Hickory 2, Asheville (COL) 10
Record: 14-11, tied for 1st
Two days off didn't rejuvenate the Crawdads, who were held to four hits. CF Lewis Brinson was 2-4 with a walk. 3B Joey Gallo never put a ball in play, tallying two walks and two strikeouts. Hickory has 86 strikeouts in its last seven games and is on pace for 1,495. The highest team total in the league in recent history is 1,261 by the Pirate-affiliated Crawdads of 2000. Hickory isn't the only offender; league-wide Ks are up 10% over last year.
Tyler Smith (2.70 ERA) pitched well outside of a two-run homer in the 1st, yielding three other baserunners and no runs in his five innings. He walked none and struck out three. Ryne Slack (7.20 ERA, 0.2 IP, 5 R) and Jose Valdespina (5.11 ERA, 2 IP, 3 R) fared less well. Five Years Ago Yesterday
John Mayberry hit his first AAA homer. Frisco's Chris Davis’s three-run homer and two singles fueled a 12-10 win.
Featured acts at Clinton's Riverboat Days festival included Blue Oyster Cult and Dennis DeYoung of Styx. Today's Starters
AAA: already postponed
AA: Randy Henry
Hi-A: Nick Martinez
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez