Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/14
Ian Kinsler was 0-4 with a walk as AA Frisco's second baseman.
Texas named its Minor League Players of the Month for May: Frisco OF Teodoro Martinez (hitter), Myrtle Beach RHP Alec Asher (starting pitcher). Frisco 1B Brett Nicholas (defender), and Hickory RHP Alexander Claudio (reliever). Martinez was also added to the Texas League All-Star squad. Nicholas still catches occasionally and did so last night. Stars of the Day
AAA: Scott Richmond, Ryan Rodebaugh / Offense
AA: Tyler Tufts, Jimmy Reyes / Alex Buchholz, Tomas Telis
Hi-A: Rougned Odor, Kellin Deglan
Lo-A: CJ Edwards / Ryan Rua AAA: Round Rock 11, at Oklahoma City (HOU) 2
Record: 38-31, +1.0
A Hickory-esque box score for the Express. Solo homers from Jim Adduci (#8),Joey Butler (also #8) and Engel Beltre (#3) off Ross Seaton led a 21-baserunner attack. Beltre also singled, and Butler doubled and walked. RF Jared Hoying doubled and tripled.
Only Mike Olt failed to tally a base hit, and he walked twice. Robinson Chirinos matched Olt's walks and singled, as did 2B Greg Miclat. Finally, SS Yangervis Solarte was 2-4 with a double and walk.
In his second AAA appearance, Ryan Rodebaugh threw a 1-2-3 8th. Scott Richmond allowed two runs in seven innings.
AA: at Frisco 2, Corpus Christi (HOU) 3 (11 innings)
Record: 37-30, -5.0, eliminated
The Hooks scored on a two-run homer off a recently struggling Justin Miller (2 IP, 2 R, 3 SO, 8.31 ERA) and solo shot off Wilmer Font (1.63 ERA), who fanned four of seven batters faced. Starter Tyler Tufts (3.38 ERA) struck out four in five scoreless innings, and Jimmy Reyes (2.81 ERA) whiffed four in two frames.
Tomas Telis (.259/.280/.364) hit a solo homer, his third, and Alex Buchholz was 2-4 with a walk.
High-A: at Myrtle Beach 10, Carolina (CLE) 7
Record: 38-28, +2.0, 8-game win streak, magic number 1
On Twitter a while back, I'd joked that the Pelicans' terrible slump wouldn't end until Myrtle Beach's first Chipotle finally opened on June 20th. I was wrong. After squandering a 7.5-game lead, the Pelicans have won eight straight.
Carolina plunked six Pelicans including four during a six-run, 12-batter 6th. 2B Rougned Odor (.283/.359/.447) recorded two triples and an HBP, while Kellin Deglan (.210/.299/.438) went 2-3 with a triple and was hit.
Alec Asher (3.26 ERA) tied a season-high nine hits allowed and walked two in five innings, but only three scored. He struck out three and has an opposing line of .246/.308/.379.
The Pelicans have a postponed first-half game that won't be played until the second half. My magic number assumes it will count when played, not retroactively. If not, the magic number is two. Low-A: at Hickory 4, Delmarva (BAL) 7
Record: 38-30, magic number 2
CJ Edwards faced 20 batters a struck out a career-high 12. In five innings, Edwards (2.05 ERA) surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk. Per Mark Parker, Hickory scorekeeper and general knower of things Hickory-related, Edwards' curve was especially nasty. Should the opportunity arise again, see him while you can, greater Hickory area residents.
Jose Valdespina (9.00 ERA) retired only one of six batters and allowed four runs.
Joey Gallo did not homer, but Ryan Rua hit his 20th and walked.
Short-A: at Spokane 4, Everett (SEA) 6
In front of an Opening Night crowd of 6,181, 2013 23rd-overall pick Chi-Chi Gonzalez retired five of 11 batters, yielding three runs on five hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out one. In his first appearance since 2011, that year's 3rd-rounder Kyle Castro walked four, struck out five, and allowed two runs and two hits in three innings. Ryne Slack, late of Hickory, fanned three in 2.1 scoreless. The other professional debut came from John Straka, a 32nd-round righty from North Dakota State. Strake struck out one and surrendered a solo homer and one other hit in two innings.
Only one hitter made his pro debut, 2B Evan Van Hoosier, 8th rounder from the College of Southern Nevada. He went 0-4. 20-year-old CF Chris Garia tripled and drove in three. Garia batted .246/.319/.328 in 47 games with the Indians last summer. He owns superior raw speed and should top last year's 18 steals. Doubling in their short-A debuts were 3B Janluis Castro (.350/.422/.467 with the rookies last summer) and SS Alberto Triunfel (.224/.312/.347 with '12 rookies). Both are 19.
Spokane committed three errors. The Indians defended terribly last year; they and the '09 Crawdads are the worst-fielding teams I've covered. This year should be better. I think. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Elvis Andrus stole his 23rd base. Bakersfield's Julio Borbon went 4-4 with a walk-off homer against an excellent San Jose squad. Bakersfield was 3-11 against San Jose and 33-23 against the rest of the league in the first half.
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: Neil Ramirez
Hi-A: Nick Martinez / Paul Schwendel
Short-A: Yohander Mendez
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