The Farm Report -- 6/29/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/28

Stars of the Day
AAA: Ryan Rodebaugh / Mike Bianucci, Jim Adduci
AA: Chih-Hsien Chiang
Hi-A: Luke Jackson / Luis Sardinas, Drew Robinson, Edwin Garcia
Lo-A: none
Short-A: David Ledbetter
Rookie: Jose Samayoa, Joe Palumbo / Travis Demeritte, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Luis Mendez

AAA: at Round Rock 4, New Orleans (MIA) 9

Record: 45-36, +1.0

Rehabbing Joakim Soria fanned two swinging around a single in a scoreless 6th.  He'll pitch again on Sunday.  Lisalverto Bonilla pitched a scoreless inning.  In his previous six outings, he'd allowed 33 runners and 22 runs in 10.1 innings.  Ryan Rodebaugh's only blemish in 2.2 innings was a Koyie Hill solo homer.  He struck out three.  Ben Rowen offered another scoreless inning; in four AAA frames, he's whiffed five and permitted three runners and no runs.  Starter Brad Mills (3.78 ERA) was hammered: 2.1 IP, 8 R.

Mike Olt singled and walked to improve to .263/.366/.537 since his return.  Mike Bianucci hit a solo homer, his third, and 1B Jim Adduci doubled and singled.

Game-time temperature: 102.

AA: Frisco 1, at  Arkansas (LAA) 4
Record: 4-5, -1.0

Frisco is hitting .256/.294/.363 in June and scored four runs in the three-game series at Arkansas.  RF Chih-Hsien Chiang doubled and singled. 

Occasionally featuring a knuckler, Kevin Pucetas allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks in seven innings.  Pucetas reportedly spoke to R.A. Dickey about the knuckler.  Pucetas was once under serious consideration for a rotation spot with the Giants a few years ago, but he's yet to make the Majors.  Now 28, and throwing a heater around 85-86 when I saw him in March, he's decided his future in baseball depends on a new pitch. 

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 6, Lynchburg (ATL) 3
Record: 4-3, -0.5

A masterful Luke Jackson (2.30 ERA) fanned six and held Lynchburg scoreless for seven innings on two hits and two walks.  Jackson has now spent just over a full year at Myrtle Beach after 1.5 seasons in Hickory.  Statistically, the only major difference between his two half-seasons as a Pelicans is a much improved average on balls in play in 2013, which, at this level, I wouldn't attribute entirely to luck.  He fans about one of every four hitters, and he walks a few more than you'd like.  He's an old-fashioned power pitcher, and those are the results to expect.  Despite the remarkable lack of movement on the farm to date, I do hope for a few promotions.  How about CJ Edwards to Myrtle Beach, Jackson to Frisco and Neil Ramirez to Round Rock?

Take a moment to watch a Jackson curve, won't you?

Luis Sardinas (.274/.329/.344) missed the cycle by a triple and walked.  The homer was his first since last September.  Drew Robinson walked three times and singled.  After a couple of slow months, his June (.286/.452/.429) has been very reminiscent of his 2012 in Hickory.  Edwin Garcia also homered for the first time this year and walked twice. 

Low-A: Hickory 0, at  Charleston (NYY) 5

Record: 6-3, -1.0

Hickory was three-hit but did draw five walks and fanned only seven times.  Nick Williams singled and walked.  Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara had the night off.  Charleston plated three against Andrew Faulkner in 5.2 innings (7 H, 2 BB, 5 SO) and two versus Tyler Smith (2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 SO).

Short-A: Spokane 3, at  Everett (SEA) 5

Record: 6-9, -7.0

Starter David Ledbetter, picked 99th overall in this year's draft, lasted five scoreless innings and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in his final frame by retiring 13th-overall pick D.J. Peterson.  Ledbetter (0.75 ERA) walked two and struck out three.  He's held opponents to a .200/.234/.289 line in three starts.

Peterson later hit a grand slam off Abel de los Santos, who had relieved Justin Sprenger with the bases loaded and none out in the 7th.

Spokane limped into the 9th with one hit before making it interesting.  Gabriel Roa doubled and walked, and catcher Marcus Greene doubled.

Rookie: at Rangers 7, Indians 1
Record: 4-4, -1.0

Travis Demeritte (.364/.447/.636) hit his first triple and second homer.  2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa (.258/.303/.258) singled twice and walked, and 3B Luis Mendez was 2-4 with a double and walk.

Jose Samayoa (0.00 ERA) surrendered an unearned run in three innings on two hits, no walks and three strikeouts.  The Rangers received two scoreless frames from Joe Palumbo (2013, 30th round) and one from David Gates (2013, 18th round), Santo Perez, John Niggli and Zach Brill.

Game-time temperature: 111.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
A day after what would be his last MLB appearance, Kason Gabbard was DL'ed with elbow inflammation.  Gabbard missed the rest of 2008 following surgery and was sold back to Boston a few weeks into 2009. 

Today's Starters
AAA: Evan Meek
AA: Neil Ramirez
Hi-A: Nick Martinez
Lo-A: CJ Edwards
Short-A: Kelvin Vazquez
Rookie: off

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