The Farm Report -- 6/16/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/15

Stars of the Day
AAA: Yoshinori Tateyama / Jared Hoying, Robinson Chirinos
AA: Neil Ramirez, Richard Bleier / Odubel Herrera
Hi-A: Paul Schwendel, Joe Van Meter / Luis Sardinas, Trever Adams
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck, Ryan Bores / Joey Gallo, Ryan Rua, Nick Vickerson, Jorge Alfaro, Ronald Guzman, Lewis Brinson
Short-A: Mike Zouzalik / Janluis Castro

AAA: Round Rock 4, at  Oklahoma City (HOU)  6
Record: 38-32, tied for 1st

Down 6-0 early, Jared Hoying hit a two-run homer, his second with the Express, and Robinson Chirinos hit a solo shot (his fifth) to reduce the margin.  Five of Hoying's seven extra-base hits in Round Rock have gone for extra bases.

Ryan Feierabend (4.31 ERA) allowed all the runs.  Yoshi Tateyama struck out four in two scoreless innings.

Yangervis Solarte continues to draw the daily assignment at shortstop.  Solarte had ten appearances at short from 2006 through the end of this May.  Since then: 13 consecutive starts.

AA: at Frisco 3, Corpus Christi (HOU) 0
Record: 38-30, -4.0, eliminated

Neil Ramirez (3.12 ERA) fanned ten in six scoreless innings, allowing three walks and two hits.  His first half ends with an opposing line of .182/.292/.332 and a 31% strikeout rate.  A high walk+HBP count (40 in 75 innings) is the only sour note.  Aside from 2010 in Hickory, his control has been average at best, usually worse.

Frisco didn't post any gaudy offensive stats but scored twice off fireballer Mike Foltynewicz in the 6th.  Foltynewicz's fastball runs a steady mid-to-upper 90s and will surpass 100 occasionally.  2B Odubel Herrera (.268/.285/.350) singled, doubled, and hit a sac fly.

Richard Bleier (2 IP, 2 SO) and Ben Rowen (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) handled the Hooks after Ramirez departed.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 2, Carolina (CLE) 8 (7 innings)
High-A: at Myrtle Beach 5, Carolina (CLE) 1 (7 innings)
Record: 39-29, +2.5, first-half division champion

Despite losing the doubleheader opener, the Pelicans clinched the first-half title when word came that Winston-Salem had also lost.  Staked to a 2-0 lead, Nick Martinez suffered from his own wildness and  an exceptionally rough day at the office by 1B Joe Maloney, who committed three errors.  Martinez walked three (two of which would score), threw a wild pitch and allowed four hits in 5.2 innings.  He permitted six runs, four earned, and struck out five.  Martinez nevertheless finished with a solid first half, holding opponents to a .242/.305/.339 line.

LF Trever Adams singled and doubled.  Carolina stole four bases against the battery of Martinez and catcher Pat Cantwell, and two more when Jon Edwards replaced Martinez.

In the nightcap, Paul Schwendel (3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 SO) and Joe Van Meter (3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 SO) insured that Myrtle Beach would not lose another 2-0 lead.  Luis Sardinas was 2-4 with a double, and seven others had one hit. 

Low-A: at Hickory 12, Delmarva (BAL) 0
Record: 39-30, +0.5, magic number 1

Hickory pounded yet another four homers along with 17 other hits.  Delmarva had allowed an impressively modest 23 homers in its first 63 games, but that total now stands at 30 after three games in Hickory.  Joey Gallo (.252/.343/.592) hit his minors-leading 22nd bomb and singled twice.  Ryan Rua (.255/.365/.632) homered twice to tie Gallo for the lead and doubled.  LF Nick Vickerson (.257/.414/.404) clubbed his third, singled and walked. 

The Sally League has 13 hitters with ten homers.  Five are Crawdads: Gallo (22), Rua (22), Brinson (13), Nick Williams (12) and Alfaro (10).  The first three alone have more than any other team in the league.  Gallo has eight homers in his last 34 trips to the plate. 

C Jorge Alfaro (.256/.332/.453) and CF Lewis Brinson (.247/.326/.462) were 3-5 with a double, and 1B Ronald Guzman (.405/.444/.619) hit three singles.

RHP Conner Sadzeck (2.78 ERA) was reinstated from the DL and threw five scoreless innings with two hits, three walks and five strikeouts.  Ryan Bores (4.06 ERA) handled the next three innings with two hits and a strikeout on his ledger.

Hagerstown swept its doubleheader with Lakewood, moving back to within one-half game of the Crawdads.  A Hickory win or Hagerstown loss will bring a division title.  They can't finish tied because of three cancelled Hagerstown games.

Short-A: at Spokane 4, Everett (SEA) 6
Record: 0-2

Spokane lost in similar fashion to the night before, staking Everett an early, error-fueled lead.  In his stateside debut, Yohander Mendez walked four in three innings, struck out five, and allowed three hits and three runs (two unearned).  Despite the results, the 18-year-old Mendez is one to watch.

21-year-old Alex de la Cruz, also new to the US, pitched the 8th and 9th with relative ease and struck out one.  He did walk one, an exceptionally rare occurrence last summer in the Dominican Republic (2 in 37.1 innings). 

Between Mendez and de la Cruz, Mike Zouzalik spread three baserunners and fanned two in two scoreless innings.  Texas signed the 22-year-old Austin native and UT-Pan Am alum at an open tryout in Round Rock last summer. 

DH Janluis Castro provided most of Spokane's offense via double, single and walk.  Making their professional debuts were RF Ryan Cordell (11th round, Liberty University), catcher Marcus Greene (16th, New Mexico JC) and 3B Roberto Duran (free agent, Lee University).  Cordell singled and reached on an HBP, while the others were 0-4.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas DFA'ed Robinson Tejeda and recalled Kason Gabbard.  As for the minors, I accidentally jumped forward a day while in Mexico, so I'll start fresh tomorrow.

Today's Starters
AAA: Brad Mills
AA: Kevin Pucetas
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Andrew Faulkner
Short-A: Collin Wiles

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