Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/20
Joakim Soria retired three straight and fanned one in his first rehab outing for AA Frisco. Stars of the Day
AAA: Ryan Feierabend / Greg Miclat, Aaron Cunningham, Joey Butler, Chris McGuiness
AA: Neil Ramirez / Alex Buchholz
Lo-A: Luis Parra, Keone Kela / Nick Williams, Lewis Brinson, Jordan Akins, Jorge Alfaro
Rookie: Kevin Sosa / Travis Demeritte, Juan Cardona
AAA: at Round Rock 8, Memphis (STL) 7
Record: 42-33, tied for 1st
The teams combined for 148 pitches out of the strike zone, and three of the seven pitchers threw more balls than strikes. St. Louis's Maikel Cleto can touch triple digits but not in any particular direction; he walked six in 4.2 innings. His control improved when he took a few ticks off his heater. Round Rock's Ryan Feierabend (4.18 ERA) issued only three free passes and fanned nine but needed 105 pitches to compete six innings. He allowed two runs. Lisalverto Bonilla (7.14 ERA) was dreadful, allowing five runs on a homer, three other hits and three walks.
Jared Hoying pinch-hit for Jose Felix in the 9th and one-hopped the right-field wall on his first pitch for the game-winner. Both 2B Greg Miclat and DH Aaron Cunningham doubled twice. LF Joey Butler and 1B Chris McGuiness walked twice and singled. RF Jim Adduci drew three walks.
At shortstop, Yangervis Solarte made three easy plays and one of greater difficulty. He's not going to be plus defender there (or anywhere), but I've seen worse. If he's comfortable there and can make the routine plays and minimize mistakes, that has some value. Leury Garcia handled a couple of soft liners with ease. From my point of view, his jumps and routes were fine, but the balls hit to him would have been caught by anybody. He certainly fared better than Memphis CF Adron Chambers, who gawked at a Miclat fly for a full second before realizing it was headed much deeper and to the right of his current location. It fell for one of Miclat's doubles.
Top St. Louis prospect Oscar Taveras wasn't in the starting lineup. He'd turned the legal drinking age in this country the day before. A total coincidence, I'm sure.
I have dubious video
of some game highlights including: Jason Cole's called shot (Chad Huffman's homer off Bonilla), Taveras flying out to Garcia, and Hoying's game-winning single.
Texas traded reliever Yoshinori Tateyama to the Yankees for future considerations. SP Josh Lindblom is back in Round Rock, and Martin Perez will join Texas in St. Louis. AA: at Frisco 2, Corpus Christi (HOU) 0
Record: 2-1, tied for 1st
On just 67 pitches, Neil Ramirez (2.89 ERA) shut out the Hooks for six innings, allowing two hits, walking none and striking out six. Texas has to be contemplating a more challenging environment for him. Jimmy Reyes and Wilmer Font offered scoreless, one-strikeout innings.
Alex Buchholz's two-run homer provided the margin. Buchholz was a minor-league Rule 5 selection from two winters ago. High-A: off This
probably means more to the Pelicans than their first-half title.
Low-A: at Hickory 7, Greensboro (MIA) 0
Record: 1-0 (second half)
Another two homers, another fifteen strikeouts for the good guys. Nick Williams hit his 13th, and Lewis Brinson clubbed his 14th along with his 11th double. Both DH Jordan Akins and catcher Jorge Alfaro doubled and singled, and RF Nomar Mazara walked twice and singled.
Luis Parra (1.00 ERA) spread three walks and four hits around seven scoreless innings and struck out four. Keone Kela (2.60 ERA) fanned three in two perfect innings. Short-A: rain
Rookie: Rangers 9, at Royals 4
1st-round SS Travis Demeritte homered to left in his first professional at-bat and later walked. 18-year-old, contact-oriented LF Eduard Pinto singled once in his US debut. Pinto batted .396/.475/.477 last summer in the Domincan Republic.
Tall Aussie CF Todd McDonald singled twice. McDonald doesn't turn 18 until October and batted .143 in a handful of Dominican at-bats before coming back to the US. 19-year-old Jose Cardona singled and tripled.
18-year-old Venezuelan Kevin Sosa gave up a single run on five hits, walked four and struck out four in 4.2 innings. Righty John Niggli, drafted in the ninth round out of Liberty University last summer, gave up three runs in 2.2 innings on six hits and a walk. Five Years Ago Yesterday
Max Ramirez became a Texas Ranger. Chris Davis and John Mayberry homered for Oklahoma. Frisco's Elvis Andrus drew a game-winning bases-loaded walk in the 13th. 18-year-old Carlos Pimentel allowed one run over five innings in his US debut with Spokane, while recently drafted OF Joey Butler went 3-4 with a triple. Today's Starters
AAA: Brad Mills
AA: Kevin Pucetas
Hi-A: Jerad Eickhoff
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck
Short-A: Yohander Mendez