The Farm Report -- 5/14/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 5/13

Stars of the Day
AAA: Chris McGuiness, Yangervis Solarte
AA: Tyler Tufts, Arlett Mavare / Brett Nicholas, Chih-Hsien Chiang
Hi-A: Joe Van Meter / Rougned Odor, Trever Adams, Preston Beck
Lo-A: John Kukuruda / Nomar Mazara, Jorge Alfaro, Lewis Brinson

AAA: Round Rock 5, at Tucson (SDG) 6 (10 innings)
Record: 20-18, -2.5

A day after losing a 6-2 lead in the 9th, Round Rock lost on a wild pitch in a dismal 10th.  Lisalverto Bonilla gave up a leadoff triple to Cody Decker, walked ex-Ranger Gregorio Petit, let Petit reach second on defensive indifference and uncorked a game-losing wild pitch.  In the top half, Chris McGuiness was stranded after leading off with one of his two doubles.  Round Rock had erased a three-run deficit in the 9th.  Tying run Greg Miclat scored on consecutive wild pitches by Colt Hynes.

McGuiness also walked.  He's accrued 12 hits and five walks during the first seven games of the trip to hitter-friendly Vegas and Tucson.  Yangervis Solarte was 3-5.  Starter Ryan Feierabend (5.51 ERA) gave up four runs in six innings.

AA: at Frisco 4, Midland 0
Record: 20-17, -2.0

Tyler Tufts (5 IP, 1SO) and three friends combined on a five-hit shutout.  Arlett Mavare (10.29 ERA), who has found AA quite the challenge, struck out three across the 6th and 7th.  Roman Mendez fanned two in a perfect 9th.

Brett Nicholas (.292/.352/.569) homered for the ninth time, already a career best, and doubled.  Chih-Hsien Chiang hit his second homer and singled.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 8, Salem (BOS) 3
Record: 24-13, +6.5, 7-game win streak

2B Rougned Odor (.283/.354/.488) and DH Trever Adams (.257/.312/.429) doubled and singled, while RF Preston Beck (.225/.323/.300) contributed a single and triple.  Luis Sardinas (.279/.344/.331) was 2-5 with his 11th steal.

Nick Martinez (2.72 ERA) struck out two, walked one and allowed six hits leading to three runs in six innings.  Joe Van Meter (2.57 ERA) retired nine straight, four on strikeouts.

Low-A: at Hickory 5, West Virginia (PIT) 9
Record: 19-17, -3.0

In recent history, the most games by a Texas minor-league teenager is Engel Beltre's 130 with Clinton.  (And that 130 includes a few punitive 1st-inning removals.)  Hickory currently has four teens on pace for more, including Joey Gallo, the only Ranger minor leaguer to take the field in every game this season.  The Hickory roster has featured only 11 position players most of the season, limiting opportunities for rest.  I wonder if Hickory will revert to a more typical 12 hitters when 1B Ronald Guzman and OF Nick Williams are activated.  The Crawdads are five games into a run of 40 in 40 days (one day off, one impending doubleheader). 

Perhaps he'd disagree, but Gallo (.209/.322/.504) seems primed for a day off.  After yesterday's 0-4, Gallo is 2-24 with 13 strikeouts in his last seven games.  OF Lewis Brinson (.230/.288/.439) led off the 1st with his eighth homer.  RF Nomar Mazara (.211/.268/.359) was 3-5 with a double, and Jorge Alfaro (.248/.326/.528) posted a most unusual line: 0-1, two walks, two HBPs.

For the third straight game, Hickory's starter imploded in the 3rd.  Kelvin Vasquez (6.49 ERA) lasted 2.1 innings and allowed seven runs (three earned) on six hits, a walk and a strikeout.  He was admittedly victimized by some seeing-eye hits and bad defense, but Vasquez himself committed two errors.  John Kukuruda's control wasn't sharp (4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 SO) but  he provided some badly needed innings.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma's Taylor Teagarden worked behind the plate on three consecutive days for the first time since September 2005. He walked twice and doubled and was up to .215/.342/.333 on the season.  Frisco's Matt Harrison tossed 5.2 strong innings with one run allowed, one walk, and five strikeouts.  Clinton's Neftali Feliz struck out four and walked one in five scoreless innings, while Mitch Moreland doubled and homered (#2), driving in three.

Today's Starters
AAA: TBA (Not Colby Lewis)
AA: Neil Ramirez
Hi-A: Luke Jackson
Lo-A: CJ Edwards

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