The Farm Report -- 6/27/2013

Texas's representatives in the futures game will be catcher Jorge Alfaro and 3B Joey Gallo, both of Hickory.

Joakim Soria retired three straight with one strikeout in a rookie-league appearance.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/26

Stars of the Day
AA: Tyler Tufts
Hi-A: Jerad Eickhoff / Joe Maloney, Chris Grayson
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck, Ryan Bores, Jose Leclerc / Nick Williams
Short-A: Yohander Mendez, Sam Wolff / Chris Garia
Rookie: Derek Thompson, Angelo Leclerc / Luis Mendez, Travis Demeritte, Jose Cardona, Diego Cedeno

AAA: off

AA: Frisco 0, at  Arkansas (LAA) 2
Record: 3-4, -1.0

Frisco was held to six hits.  Tyler Tufts (3.44 ERA) gave up a run in five innings, walking none and fanning three, while Alex Claudio surrendered a solo homer to ex-Ranger Jimmy Swift in his two frames. 

High-A: Myrtle Beach 5, at  Potomac (WAS) 6
Record: 3-3, -1.0

Jerad Eickhoff (3.55 ERA) gave up solo homers to Bryce Harper and Adrian Nieto in his six innings.  He walked one and struck out three.  The normally reliable Joe Van Meter was roughed up for the second time in a row, allowing four runs in two innings on five hits and a walk.  Nine of Van Meter's 19 earned runs have come in the past five days.

The Pelicans scored everything in the 5th, primarily on 1B Joe Maloney's bases-loaded triple.  CF Chris Grayson (.235/.323/.339) was 2-3 with a walk and his 14th steal.

Low-A: at Hickory 3, Lexington (KAN) 2
Record: 5-2, tied for 1st

Hickory took two of three from Lexington without benefit of a homer.  LF Nick Williams (.294/.325/.624) cleared the bases with a 4th-inning double, one of only four Hickory hits. 

Connor Sadzeck (2.50 ERA) fanned three and walked two in five innings, yielding one run.  Sadzeck's strikeout rate is an ordinary 17% but he's holding opponents to a line of .232/.298/.297.  Ryan Bores allowed an unearned run and struck out three in three frames, and Jose Leclerc whiffed two in a perfect 9th for his first save. 

Short-A: at Spokane 3, Vancouver (TOR) 2 (10 innings)
Record: 6-7, -5.0

Chris Garia scored the game-winner on an error by Dickie Thon, son of Dickie Thon.  Garia (.275/.327/.569) singled, walked and stole his fifth base.  Yohander Mendez (1.42 ERA) struck out three, walked none and allowed a run on five hits in five innings.  Mendez is holding opponents to a line of .216/.305/.275 in the early going.  Sam Wolff fanned two in a couple of scoreless innings.  Josh McElwee gave up a solo homer but struck out three in his two innings.  McElwee has fanned 16 of 27 batters faced. 

Rookie: Rangers 9, at  Mariners 2
Record: 3-3, -1.0

Derek Thompson struck out two in two scoreless innings, and Jose Leclerc's brothre Angelo fanned seven and walked none in four scoreless frames.

SS Travis Demeritte (.375/.483/.542) reached on a walk and two singles, as did RF Jose Cardona (.269/.355/.462).  21-year-old Diego Cedeno, a vet of three Dominican Summer League seasons, walked twice and singled.  Luis Mendez, who opened 2013 in Hickory, drew three walks, doubled and singled. 

The Mariners committed five errors and had two wild pitches and a passed ball.  Welcome to Rookie League.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Spokane's Joey Butler hit his first professional homer, and Matt West went 3-5.  Wilfredo Boscan pitched beyond his years again, working 5.2 innings and allowing just a run with two walks and three strikeouts.

Today's Starters
AAA: Brad Mills
AA: Nick McBride
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Frank Lopez
Short-A: Collin Wiles
Rookie: Nick Gardewine

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