The Farm Report -- 6/26/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/25

For those who've asked: Frisco OF Joe Benson has been DL'ed for a while with a groin issue.  5th-rounder Joe Jackson broke a finger in minicamp and hopes to be back in two weeks, per the Spokane Spokesman-Review.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Greg Miclat, Aaron Cunningham, Mike Bianucci, Jim Adduci
AA: All-Stars
Hi-A: Trever Adams, Joe Maloney, Rougned Odor
Lo-A: Luis Parra, Joe Burns / Nomar Mazara, Jordan Akins
Short-A: Eric Brooks
Rookie: Kevin Sosa, Ryan Ledbetter, Ricardo Rodriguez / Travis Demeritte, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Carlos Garay

AAA: Round Rock 5, at Albuquerque (LAD) 6

Record: 45-35, +1.0

For the second straight day, Round Rock lost in walk-off fashion after blowing more than one multi-run lead.  The Express bullpen allowed 18 runs in 9.2 innings over the four-game series.  The starters, on the other hand, surrendered a collective ten runs, impressive anywhere and especially so in mile-high Albuquerque.  Ryan Feierabend struck out ten and gave up a run in 6.2 innings.  Lisalverto Bonilla (0.2 IP, 2 R) and Joseph Ortiz (1IP, 3 R) struggled, and a two-out, two-run double off Johan Yan ended the contest. 

Round Rock hit six doubles, including two by Mike Bianucci (.259/.368/.483), who also walked.  Other doublers included Aaron Cunningham, who also walked twice and singled, and Jim Adduci, who singled twice.  Leadoff hitter Greg Miclat singled and walked twice.  Leury Garcia did not play.

AA: South 6, North 0

Neil Ramirez started for the South Division and pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout of… 30-year-old Ruben Gotay?  Okay.

DH/1B Brett Nicholas hit a solo homer in the 7th.  2B Odubel Herrera was 2-2 with an RBI.  Reserve catcher Tomas Telis doubled in two at-bats, and LF Teodoro Martinez and 2B Guilder Rodriguez were 0-2.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 5, at Potomac (WAS) 7
Record: 3-2, tied for 1st

Alec Asher's not-so-great June concluded with four runs on seven hits and a walk (to rehabbing Bryce Harper) in five innings.  He struck out four.  Asher fanned plenty of batters in June but was quite hittable and more walk-prone than usual; he posted a 5.71 ERA.  It's a long season.  Harper also hit a bloop double against Asher but was picked off.

LF Trever Adams (.266/.341/.416) hit his eighth homer, while 1B Joe Maloney (.294/.377/.426) knocked his second homer and singled.  2B Rougned Odor reached on a singled, double and walk.

Low-A: at Hickory 2, Lexington (KAN) 1
Record: 4-2, tied for 1st

Down 1-0 in the 9th, Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara drew Hickory's first walks of the game, and Jordan Akins plated both with a game-ending double.  Akins (.238/.264/.370) also doubled earlier, and Mazara (.246/.330/.397) singled.

In most respects, Akins' 2012 and 2013 are so similar that I thought I'd run the numbers wrong:
ISO: .124 (2012) vs. .132 (2013)
BB rate: 2.7% vs 2.6%
SO rate: 36.3% vs. 35.3%

The only meaningful difference is an .039 increase in batting average; he's hitting .238 instead of .199.  I'm sure Texas doesn't want him three-peating Hickory in 2014, but I don't see how he can advance unless something clicks between now and next April. 

Luis Parra matched his season-high seven strikeouts and permitted a run on five hits and two walks.  Joe Burns (3.24 ERA) allowed just a walk and fanned one in two scoreless innings.

Short-A: at Spokane 0, Vancouver (TOR) 4
Record: 5-7, -5.0

Chi-Chi Gonzalez (6.35 ERA) yielded a run on two hits and a walk while striking out two in two innings.  Eric Brooks (2.38 ERA) whiffed five and allowed a run in five innings.  DH Roberto Duran (.118/.167/.118) collected his first two hits.

Rookie: at Rangers 3, Mariners 2 (10 innings)
Record: 2-3, -1.0

Chuck Moorman's sac fly scored Travis Demeritte, who led off the 10th with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball.  (The former Charles Moorman now appears as "Chuck" in the box scores.)  Moorman also singled and doubled.  Demeritte (.368/.478/.579) was 3-5.  2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa (.211/.250/.211) went 3-4, and catcher Carlos Garay walked, singled twice and doubled.

Kevin Sosa pitched well again, fanning three and permitting two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk.  Both Ryan Ledbetter and Ricardo Rodriguez tossed two scoreless innings with three and four strikeouts, respectively.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas brought up Chris Davis from Oklahoma.

Elvis Andrus went 0-3 in the Texas League All-Star Game.  In his full-season debut, 17-year-old Joseph Ortiz gave up a run in 1.2 innings for low-A Cinton. 

Today's Starters
AAA: off
AA: Tyler Tufts
Hi-A: Jared Eickhoff
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck
Short-A: Yohander Mendez
Rookie: Derek Thompson

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