The Farm Report -- 5/3/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/2

Stars of the Day
AA: Ryan Rodebaugh, Randy Henry, Roman Mendez
Hi-A: Nick Martinez, Paul Schwendel / Royce Bolinger, Rougned Odor
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez, Alexander Claudio / Lewis Brinson, Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara

AAA: Round Rock at Iowa (CHC) -- postponed

The powers that be wisely postponed Thursday's noon tilt on Wednesday night because of impending cold and sleet.  (The MLB Royals tried and failed to play through it.)  They'll make it up in June.

Round Rock has allowed the fewest runs (3.8 per game) and by far the fewest walks (2.7 per game) in the 16-team Pacific Coast League. 

Per local scribes, an eye doctor found nothing unusual with Mike Olt's eyes.  Olt will now visit a specialist.

Jake Brigham is listed as a rotation member. 

AA: at Frisco 3, San Antonio (SDG) 1
Record: 15-12, -1.0

Three RoughRiders combined on a one-hitter.  Ryan Rodebaugh (2.25 ERA) worked the first three frames, struck out four and gave up a bunt single in the 3rd.  Randy Henry (0.40 ERA) took Frisco through the 7th.  A leadoff walk in the 5th eventually scored on a Hanser Alberto error.  Roman Mendez (0.00 ERA) sent down six straight, two on strikeouts.  Opponents are hitting .116/.240/.209 against Mendez.

Frisco itself was limited to five hits and a walk.

They played in this:
Weather: 45 degrees, cloudy.  Wind: 25 mph, L to R.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 4, at Frederick (BAL) 3 (15 innings)
Record: 16-11, +2.0

Extra-innings on getaway day can be a nightmare, but in this case, the game began at 11:00 AM, and the getaway is only 35 miles to Potomac.  Pat Cantwell singled to lead off the 15th, advanced to second on an error and eventually scored on a passed ball.  Myrtle Beach also scored on a wild pitch in the 11th but couldn't maintain that lead.

LF Royce Bolinger was 2-5 with a double and walk.  2B Rougned Odor (.280/.352/.484) reached on a double, walk and HBP and stole three bases, giving him nine for the season.  He stole 19 last year. 

Starter Nick Martinez (2.60 ERA) fanned a career-high nine batters in 5.2 scoreless innings, yielding four hits and two walks.  The just-arrived Paul Schwendel pitched 2.1 scoreless and struck out one. 

Low-A: at Hickory 6, Asheville (COL) 3

Record: 15-11, tied for 1st

Hickory's hitters are seeking to destroy the home run and strikeout records of the modern incarnation of the South Atlantic League (1980-present).  The Crawdads are on pace for 226 homers and 1,486 strikeouts; the records are 173 and 1,307, respectively, both set in 1998. 

Last night, Joey Gallo (220/.339/.571) hit his ninth bomb, Lewis Brinson (.245/.310/.434) his fifth and Nomar Mazara his fourth.  All drew walks, also. In fact, Mazara (.174/.255/.348) drew three walks and threw out a runner at second from right field.  These three collectively are on pace for 97 homers and 613 strikeouts.  I'd take the under on both, simply because extreme paces tend to regress.

Kelvin Vasquez (4.95 ERA) fanned seven after three consecutive starts with just one strikeout.  He held the Tourists scoreless for five innings on three hits and three walks.  Control has been a problem (15 walks in 20 innings), but on the whole, the 20-year-old has pitched capably for someone who skipped both rookie ball and Spokane.  Joe Burns' full-season debut wasn't memorable: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO.  Alexander Claudio (2 IP, 2 SO) retired the final five in order.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma's John Mayberry: triple, single, double, single, single. He was batting .625/.667/.1.125.  Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz (.371/.517/.798) hit homers #10 and #11, walked, and stole his 10th base.  Frisco's Max Ramirez (.376/.459/.645) went 3-5 with a double.  Clinton's Neftali Feliz tallied eight in five innings and allowed just an unearned run, a walk and six hits.

Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: Neil Ramirez
Hi-A: Luke Jackson
Lo-A: CJ Edwards

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