The Farm Report -- 5/12/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/11

Stars of the Day
AAA: Ross Wolf / Jim Adduci
AA: Ryan Rodebaugh / Tomas Telis
Hi-A: Rougned Odor, Royce Bollinger, Kellin Deglan
Lo-A: Jose LeClerc / Nomar Mazara

AAA: Round Rock 1, at Tucson (SDG) 6
Record: 20-16, -2.5

After 6.2 strong innings from Ross Wolf (1 run, 5 strikeouts), Evan Meek was stuck for five runs while retiring only two batters.  Meek was an All-Star with the Pirates in 2010, partly by fallback, as Pittsburgh was truly terrible, but he was exceptionally potent for a while.  He's striking out plenty of hitters with the Express but has an opposing OBP hovering well over .400.

Jurickson Profar (.244/.348/.378) singled and walked.  OF Jim Adduci (.258/.342/.438) doubled twice.  OF Joey Butler returned to the lineup and contributed a double and walk.  He'd been out with a hamstring injury. 

AA: Frisco 3, at Corpus Christi (HOU) 9

Record: 18-17, -3.0

Martin Perez's second rehab appearance was moved up a day, albeit still on normal rest.  After retiring five batters on just ten pitches, Perez yielded nine hits (including a homer) and two walks (one intentional) to the next 17 batters.  In 3.1 innings and a 57 pitches (short of his 70+ goal), he allowed eight runs.  Well, it is rehab.

Ryan Rodebaugh (2.25 ERA) stranded two Perez runners and fanned five in 2.2 perfect innings. 

Frisco had one walk and no extra-base hits.  Catcher Tomas Telis (.284/.306/.358) led the modest attack with three singles.  The Riders have scored at nearly the league-average rate of 4.2 runs per game despite a .287 OBP and .352 slugging percentage, both worst in the league.

I reversed yesterday's score.  Frisco lost 9-4. 

Northwest Arkansas beat Springfield 5-4 in 20 innings. 

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 9, Salem (BOS) 8

Record: 22-13, +5.5, 5-game win streak

Drew Robinson singled home Jake Skole (who'd walked) for the walk-off victory.  Robinson also singled earlier, as did Skole.  The Pelicans received two-run homers from Rougned Odor (his 4th), Kellin Deglan (7th) and Royce Bolinger (3rd).  SS Luis Sardinas was 2-5 with a double and steal, though he did fail to execute a sac bunt in the 9th. 

Jerad Eickhoff gave up four 1st-inning runs and two solo homers across four more innings.  He walked one and struck out four.  His 4.82 ERA doesn't do him justice.  He's pitched respectably or better in six of his eight starts.  Righty Ryan Harvey gave up an unearned run in two innings and struck out three.  He's bit prone to walk or hit righties but is holding everyone to a .156/.286/.219 line.

Low-A: Hickory 0, at Charleston (NYY) 8

Record: 19-15, -1.5

Second verse, same as the first.  Hickory put eight runners on base and struck out 14 times.  The Crawdads have 20 more homers and 55 more strikeouts than the nearest competitor.  RF Nomar Mazara was 2-4 with a double.

Sam Stafford (7.53 ERA) was decent for two innings but couldn't escape the 3rd, surrendering a single and three consecutive walks, followed by a strikeout on a ball-four-quality pitch and another single.  Stafford struck out two and gave up five runs in 2.1 innings.  Ryan Bores (2.2 IP, 4 H) didn't let any of his own runners score but couldn't strand either of Stafford's.  Jose LeClerc (2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) had the most success.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas replaced the DL'ed Kevin Millwood with Doug Mathis.  Mathis made his MLB debut that night, pitching a scoreless 10th and getting the decision in a 13-12 victory over Seattle.  Texas had blown a four-run lead in the 9th. 

Oklahoma's Taylor Teagarden (.286/.429/.357 in AAA) tripled for the first time in three years.  Clinton OF Engel Beltre swung at the first pitch he saw to lead off the game and was promptly replaced in the field by Miguel Alonzo.  I referred to Blake Beavan's strange lack of strikeouts in his first three professional starts as a "pretty good Bob Tewksbury impression."  Little did we know…

Today's Starters
AAA: Tyler Smith
AA: Carlos Pimentel
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Josh Lindblom

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