The Farm Report -- 5/5/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/4

Stars of the Day
AAA: Brad Mills / Engel Beltre, Robinson Chirinos, Yangervis Solarte
AA: Kevin Pucetas / Ryan Strausborger
Hi-A: Joe Van Meter / Luis Sardinas, Drew Robinson, Trever Adams, Kellin Deglan
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck / Jorge Alfaro

AAA: at Round Rock 8, Nashville (MIL) 6
Record: 17-12, -1.0

Engel Beltre (.310/.360/.362) and Yangervis Solarte (.240/.281/.375) knocked out three hits for the Express.  Solarte included a double in his collection and stole his first base.  Beltre stole his 10th.  Catcher Robinson Chirinos (.310/.419/.521) walked twice and hit his second homer.  Jurickson Profar (.231/.352/.385) was 1-4 with a walk and his fourth steal.  Profar has an eight-game hitting streak, albeit with a total of nine hits.  He's played second base the last two days.

Brad Mills (2.79 ERA) gave up two runs in six innings and struck out four.

AA: Frisco 4, at Midland 2
Record: 17-12, tied for 1st

Frisco scored everything in the 1st.  Ryan Strausborger (.202/.275/.364) hit a two-run homer, his third, and later singled.  1B Brett Nicholas (.277/.345/.495) doubled and walked.

Wilmer Font walked three in two innings but needed a reasonable 33 pitches to complete them undamaged for his fourth save.  Opponents are hitting .089 against him. Like Mills above, Kevin Pucetas's line included six innings, two runs and four strikeouts.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 11, at Potomac (WAS) 5
Record: 17-12, +2.0

Victor Payano (5.34 ERA) walked only two in six innings but was touched for nine hits and five runs.  He struck out five; his season total of 37 leads the Pelicans and all Texas minor leaguers.  Carlos Pimentel (35) should recapture that lead today.  Joe Van Meter (2.25 ERA) fanned four in the scoreless innings.

Catcher Kellin Deglan (.217/.338/.467) was 2-5 with a two-run homer, his fourth.  Also with #4 was Trever Adams (.250/.314/.435), who added two doubles.  3B Drew Robinson (.220/.304/.341) tripled and doubled, while Luis Sardinas (.274/.345/.321) doubled, walked and stole his ninth base.

Low-A: at Hickory 2, Savannah (NYM) 9

Record: 16-12, -0.5

Savannah blew open a 1-1 game in the 8th.  Jorge Alfaro's fifth homer was the offensive highlight.  Alfaro (.260/.306/.490) has already matched his homer total from last year, when he played only 74 games because of hamstring issues.

Connor Sadzeck (1.35 ERA) lasted a career-high seven innings.  The once control-hampered righty has cut his walk rate by two-thirds compared to last year in Spokane.  He walked just one and has only four in his last 28 innings.  Sadzeck struck out four and allowed a single run on four hits. 

RHP Jose Valdespina has been DL'ed, and Sam Stafford was activated and will start today.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Max Ramirez (.390/.475/.700) hit a two-run homer (#7), doubled and singled.  Bakersfield's Tommy Hunter pitched 6.2 innings, struck out seven, and allowed eight hits, a walk and three runs. For the season, Hunter had only five walks in 43.1 innings.  Clinton's Derek Holland tossed five innings with one run allowed on seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts.  Engel Beltre had three singles and a homer.

Today's Starters
AAA: Ross Wolf
AA: Carlos Pimentel
Hi-A: Jerad Eickhoff
Lo-A: Sam Stafford

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