The Farm Report -- 5/4/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/3

Stars of the Day
AAA: Neal Cotts, Lisalverto Bonilla / Robinson Chirinos, Chris McGuiness
AA: Arlett Mavare, Jimmy Reyes
Hi-A: none
Lo-A: Joey Gallo, Jordan Akins,  Luis Mendez

AAA: at Round Rock 5, Nashville (MIL) 4 (12 innings)
Record: 16-12, -1.5

A Yangervis Solarte single plated Jurickson Profar to end a contest that threatened to linger into Saturday.  Solarte was hitless to that point, while Profar (.230/.350/.391) contributed a single and walk. 

Catcher Robinson Chirinos (.309/.407/.485) tripled twice and walked.  He's spent most of his time behind the plate, followed by third and first.  1B Chris McGuiness (.244/.369/.488) walked twice, singled and doubled.

Neal Cotts struck out four in 1.2 scoreless innings. Cotts has faced 25 left-handed batters, resulting in zero hits and 18 strikeouts.  His reasonably lengthy MLB record (2003-2009) also features a high K rate against lefties (25%), but he's not been more effective against them in terms of opposing average, walks, etc. 

Lisalverto Bonilla (6.14 ERA) fanned three in a scoreless 11th and 12th.  In his AAA debut, Jake Brigham tossed a 1-2-3 8th with two strikeouts.  Starter Ryan Feierabend gave up three runs in five innings.

AA: at Frisco 5, San Antonio (SDG) 4 (11 innings)
Record: 16-12, -1.0

Neil Ramirez probably deserved better than four earned runs in his five innings. Some better outfield communication might have prevented one or two runs.  In any case, Ramirez (3.07 ERA) struck out six, walked two, and hit one.  He's fanned a lofty 30% of opponents but has walked or plunked about one of every six batters.

In his Frisco debut, righty Arlett Mavare walked two and struck out five in 2.1 scoreless innings.  Mavare finished last year in AAA but didn't make an appearance.  Lefty Jimmy Reyes fanned two in 2.2 perfect innings.

SS Hanser Alberto (.280/.314/.333) walked twice in a game for the first time in almost a year.  2B Odubel Herrera (.252/.279/.299) was the only Rider with two hits and stole his fourth base.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 3, at Potomac (WAS) 10
Record: 16-12, +1.0

A three-run homer in the 2nd spoiled an otherwise solid outing from Luke Jackson (2.05 ERA), who allowed three other hits, walked two and struck out six in five innings.  Francisco Mendoza was roughed up for six runs in two innings. 

The offense wasn't noisy.  RF Royce Bolinger and 3B Drew Robinson both singled twice. After a strong run, OF Jake Skole (0-4) is hitless in six of his last seven games and has dropped to .152/.258/.190. 

Low-A: at Hickory 9, Asheville (COL) 3

Record: 16-11, tied for 1st

Joey Gallo (.232/.351/.600) hit his minors-leading 10th homer, singled and was hit by a pitch.  It's a bit silly to extrapolate this early in the season, but just for fun: Gallo's on pace for 52 homers, 83 walks and 202 strikeouts.  He's the only Texas minor-leaguer to appear in every game.

SS Luis Marte (.222/.250/.309) hit his second homer and committed his ninth and 10th errors in the field.  2B Luis Mendez (.229/.282/.257) was 2-4 with an HBP and his second stolen base.  LF Jordan Akins (.263/.286/.389) doubled, singled and was hit by a pitch.

CJ Edwards (2.51 ERA) wasn't quite his usually dazzling self and faded late.  In 5.1 innings, he walked two, struck out two and allowed three runs on four hits.  Jose Leclerc (1.2 IP, 2 SO) didn't allow any runs himself but couldn't keep either of Edwards' bequeathed runners from home plate. 

Catcher Jorge Alfaro picked off a runner at third and gunned down a base stealer in the span of about two minutes.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Tied 3-3 in the 9th, Oklahoma’s Nelson Cruz, Nate Gold, and Kevin Mench all drew bases-loaded walks, the last of which resulted in complaints by, and the ejections of, pitcher Roy Corcoran and manager Daren Brown.  Frisco's Chris Davis (.311/.351/.613) and Ben Harrison (.349/.431/.628) hit solo homers.  Davis’s nine home runs trailed only Nelson Cruz (11) of Oklahoma, Mike Hessman (10) and Dallas McPherson (10).

Today's Starters
AAA: Brad Mills
AA: Kevin Pucetas
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck

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