The Farm Report -- 6/14/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/13

Ian Kinsler went 0-4 with two strikeouts in his first rehab appearance.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Jake Brigham / Mike Olt, Joey Butler, Engel Beltre, Jim Adduci
AA: Alex Buchholz
Hi-A: Jerad Eickhoff / Drew Robinsin
Lo-A: Luis Parra, Cody Kendall / Joey Gallo, Ryan Rua, Ronald Guzman

AAA: at Round Rock 4, Albuquerque (LAD) 9 (11 innings)
Record: 37-21, tied for 1st

After two solid innings, Lisalverto Bonilla (6.16 ERA) imploded in the 11th: a leadoff walk, his own error and a wild pitch contributed to five runs. Bonilla struck out 5 of 15 batters.  Spot-starter Evan meek threw fewer than half of his 81 pitches for strikes, fighting through 3.2 innings with five walks and four runs allowed (two earned).  Between them, Jake Brigham (7.90 ERA) offered 4.1 of his best AAA innings, permitting no runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two.

Mike Olt hit his fourth homer and singled.   Olt is hitting .275/.348/.550 with a reasonable 26% strikeout rate since returning to Round Rock.  Joey Butler clubbed his 7th homer and walked, and RF Jim Adduci went 2-3 with two walks.

Engel Beltre (275/.336/.357) drew three walks (and was hit by a pitch) for the second time in a week.  Less than halfway into the season, he needs three walks to set a career high.  Impatience has betrayed Beltre since the beginning; although very talented, he's never hit for enough average or power to paper over his atrocious walk rate.  If it holds up, this newfound ability to take pitches meaningfully, as opposed to keeping the bat on his shoulder at seemingly random intervals, could pave the road to Arlington. 

AA: at Frisco 1, Corpus Christi (HOU) 7
Record: 37-29, -4.0, elimination number 1

Carlos Pimentel was touched for four homers including two by recently reinstated slugger Jonathan Singleton, who's a good candidate to finish the season wearing a fancy new Astros uniform.  Pimentel (3.60 ERA) allowed six other hits and seven runs, walked two and struck out four in five tumultuous innings.

Randy Henry made his first appearance in five weeks after recovery from an ulnar nerve injury.  Henry retired only two of five batters but none scored.  Phil Klein (1.50 ERA) tended the 6th and 7th with one hit, two walks and one strikeout. 

Alex Buchholz (.273/.315/.429) hit his fifth homer.

Frisco needs four consecutive wins and the same number of losses by Corpus Christi just to tie for the first-half division title.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 3, Carolina (CLE) 1

Record: 37-28, +2.0, magic number 2

Jerad Eickhoff (3.52 ERA) declined to allow a run for the first time since mid-April.  In seven innings, Eickhoff yielded four hits and two walks while striking out four.  He's pitched seven or more innings in six of 13 starts, a major accomplishment at this level. 

3B Drew Robinson led a mild offensive attack with two walks and a single.  It's not enough to hang your hat on, but Robinson is hitting .281/.425/.469 in June, much more in tune with his 2012 Hickory season.  His OBP slipped under .300 at the very end of May.

Low-A: at Hickory 5, Delmarva (BAL) 4
Record: 38-29, +1.0, magic number 3

Joey Gallo hit his 21st homer, 15th double and 21st single.  In his last six games, Gallo is hitting .500/.545/1.545 with seven homers.  Ryan Rua hit his 19th homer and walked.  Three games before midseason, Hickory has an incomprehensible 101 homers and 704 strikeouts.  Ronald Guzman went 3-4 with a double, improving to .394/.444/.667 in ten games. 

Luis Parra (1.24 ERA) gave up a season-high seven hits in five innings but suffered only two runs.  Parra walked one and struck out two.  Cody Kendall earned his sixth save with a scoreless 8th and 9th.

Short-A:  Opening Day

23rd-overall selection Chi-Chi Gonzalez will start for short-season Spokane on Opening Day.  Yohander Mendez will make his stateside debut Saturday, followed by 2012 supplemental 1st rounder Collin Wiles.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
OF Jason Botts signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters.  (It's Nippon Ham, not Ham Fighters ,by the way.)  As for his former teammates, the Redhawks trailed 5-3 and had two on , none out and Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis and John Mayberry waiting to hit when rain ended the contest.  Present-day Hickory manager Corey Ragsdale homered in walk-off style for Frisco after reliever Andrew Laughter surrendered five runs in the 9th.  Bakersfield's Evan Reed surrendered a homer to then-catcher Pablo Sandoval, who would reach the Majors and hit well that very year.

Today's Starters
AAA: Scott Richmond
AA: Tyler Tufts
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: CJ Edwards
Short-A: Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez

Sometime this season, I will almost certainly type "Chi-Chi Rodriguez."  Apologies in advance.

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Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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