The Farm Report -- 5/11/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/10

Stars of the Day
AAA: Neal Cotts, Johan Yan / the offense
AA: Teodoro Martinez
Hi-A: Victor Payano / Luis Sardinas, Royce Bolinger
Lo-A: none

AAA: Round Rock 12, at Las Vegas 6
Record: 20-15, -2.5

The Vegas hitting environment is such that I can tweet about Round Rock's 12 runs and be asked, with no irony, "did they win?"  They did.  Round Rock put 26 runners on base, and only DH Alex Buchholz failed to reach safely twice.  LF Aaron Cunningham led with four hits including a double plus his third steal.  2B Greg Miclat was 3-4 with a walk.  After starting the game with a strikeout and double-play grounder, Jurickson Profar contributed a double and single.  CF Engel Beltre reached on two singles and an intentional walk, and 1B Chris McGuiness was 2-4 with a double and two walks.

Neal Cotts (2 IP, 2 H ,3 SO) and Johan Yan (2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) handled the conditions with aplomb.  Cotts faced only one lefty and struck him out, of course.  Starter Brad Mills (3.71 ERA) gave up the runs in five innings on eight hits and two walks.

AA: Frisco 9, at Corpus Christi (HOU) 4
Record: 18-16, -2.0

Frisco used three pitchers.  Houston's Domingo Santana homered off all of them.  The last came against Roman Mendez, who hadn't given up a run this season.  Mendez did retire four batters, two via strikeout.  Starter Kevin Pucetas (4.04 ERA) allowed five runs in five innings.  Frisco had only four hits including the first homer of the season from LF Teodoro Martinez (.221/.243/.279)

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 5, Salem (BOS) 1
Record: 21-13, +4.5

With seven strikeouts after four no-hit innings, Victory Payano seemed poised to challenge his career-high of 11.  Payano (4.29 ERA) settled for "only" nine but worked seven scoreless innings with two hits and three walks.  He ranks second in the league with 46 Ks and retook the organization lead from Neil Ramirez, who has 44.

The recently potent Pelican offense knocked out 11 hits including two by Royce Bolinger (including a double), 1B Trever Adams and LF Jake Skole.  3B Drew Robinson (.220/.307/.340) reached on a double and walk, and SS Luis Sardinas (.270/.343/.320) walked twice and singled.

Low-A: Hickory 1, at Charleston (NYY) 8
Record: 19-14, -1.0

The Crawdads are talented, athletic, fun to watch.  They're also very young and on the raw side, so on occasion they're going to put all their weaknesses on glorious display at once.  Facing well-regarded Yankees prospect Rafael de Paula (40% strikeout rate) and relievers Dietrich Enns (43%) and Ben Paullus (25%), Hickory struck out 16 times including four by DH Luis Mendez and three from Joey Gallo and Jorge Alfaro.  They committed five errors.  Connor Sadzeck reverted to his much wilder 2012 form in the 1st, allowing six runs on two walks, a hit batter and five hits.

It wasn't a total loss.  Sadzeck (2.35 ERA), very nearly pulled in the 1st, lasted four more innings while permitting just one baserunner and striking out five. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Chris Davis (.326/.363/.570) went 4-4 with a double and two RBI.  Elvis Andrus (.271/.309/.307) singled twice, walked, and stole bases #10 and #11.  In Bakersfield, John Whittleman’s4th homer of the season and two walks led the offense.  Marcus Lemon (.300/.424/.443) doubled and tripled in four at-bats. 

Clinton's Derek Holland missed a complete game by one pitch. Up 2-1 with two out in the 9th, he lost a battle with lefty Dylan Johnston, who lofted a fly over the left field fence to tie the game. Holland finished with 8.2 innings, seven hits, two earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts.  Holland had never surpassed six innings previously.

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

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