Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/6
As expected, struggling Frisco RHP Cody Buckel has been transferred to extended spring training. I was mildly heartened by his final inning in San Antonio on April 22, when he flashed a bit of his prior form. Unfortunately, his control completely disappeared afterwards. There's no timetable for this type of malady.
Stars of the Day
AAA: Chris McGuiness, Yangervis Solarte, Greg Miclat, Jim Adduci
AA: Roman Mendez / Hanser Alberto, Tomas Telis
Lo-A: Tyler Smith / Joey Gallo, Jorge Alfaro, Lewis Brinson, Joe Maloney AAA: at Round Rock 5, Nashville (MIL) 9
Record: 18-13, -0.5
I'm usually able to catch Round Rock's annual noon weekday game, but business dictated otherwise yesterday. I was fortunate in this instance, as the contest closed in on four hours and "featured" 17 walks and 351 pitches. Josh Lindblom (1.96 ERA) was atypically wild, walking three in five innings and allowing three runs on four hits including a homer. The highly erratic Lisalverto Bonilla (8.04 ERA) surrendered four runs in a single inning on two walks, two homers and another hit. Bonilla is fanning one of every three batters and was homer-free until yesterday, but he's hurting himself with a 15% walk rate.
1B Chris McGuiness (.242/.385/.474) doubled, walked and was hit by a pitch. 3B Yangervis Solarte walked twice and singled. RF Jim Adduci and 2B Greg Miclat drew three walks, and Miclat (.309/.433/.364) singled and stole his fourth base. He was part of the Taylor Teagarden trade along with Frisco hurler Randy Henry. The 25-year-old has never shown any power but has speed and some on-base ability. That said, it's hard to see him in the Majors, at least as a Texas Ranger.
AA: Frisco 2, at Midland 7
Record: 17-14, -2.0
Martin Perez pitched well in his first rehab appearance. In four innings and 53 pitches, Perez yielded five hits, walked none and struck out one. A run scored on a Dusty Coleman triple and RBI groundout. I suspect Texas won't decide on Perez's post-rehab assignment until absolutely necessary. On the whole, Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm have pitched capably to this point, and Colby Lewis has dibs on one of their rotation spots. Perez might be optioned to Round Rock.
Roman Mendez fanned two in a scoreless 6th and 7th, extending his year-long streak to 15.1 innings. Midland punished Arlett Mavare in the form of five runs on three hits (including a homer) and two walks.
Hanser Alberto and catcher Tomas Telis had three singles. Alberto (.295/.325/.343) already has four three-hit games. High-A: off
Low-A (1): at Hickory 4, Savannah (NYM) 3 (8 innings)
Low-A (2): at Hickory 5, Savannah (NYM) 3 (7 innings)
Record: 18-11, +0.5
In the opener, Hickory squandered a two-run lead in the 7th but scored the winner on a Joey Gallo pop-up that Savannah watched fall for a double and an error on a Ryan Rua grounder. Gallo (.238/.352/.600) also tripled, and Jorge Alfaro (.266/.319/.560) hit his 6th homer, already surpassing his injury-shortened total of five from 2012.
Back from a brief DL stint, Sam Stafford (5.25 ERA) spread two walks and three hits over three innings, allowing one run. Ryan Bores (6.00 ERA) somehow produced three scoreless innings despite four walks, a hit batter and a balk.
Starting game two, Tyler Smith (3.07 ERA) gave up three runs in six innings but was steady overall, walking none and striking out eight. Alexander Claudio (2.05 ERA) fanned the side in order in the 7th. CF Lewis Brinson (.240/.303/.430) clubbed his sixth homer, and 1B Joe Maloney was 2-3 with a double and his sixth homer.
1B Ronald Guzman should be in Hickory before too long.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma's Doug Mathis stretched out to 115 pitches in completing eight solid innings. Mathis had a 5% walk rate, two ground outs per fly out, and several other wonderfully steady, if not awe-inspiring, peripherals. He had yet to suffer a “disaster start” (more runs than innings pitched). John Mayberry doubled, tripled and drove in two in four at-bats. His eight-game opening salvo in AAA: .500/.529/.906. Frisco's Elvis Andrus (.264/.313/.304) singled twice, stole his 8th base, and was hit by a pitch. Today's Starters
AAA: Jake Brigham
AA: Tyler Tufts
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez