The Farm Report -- 7/1/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/30

Stars of the Day
AAA: Scott Richmond / Leury Garcia, Jose Felix
AA: Brett Nicholas, Tomas Telis
Hi-A: Randol Rojas / Luis Sardinas, Rougned Odor, Trever Adams, Joe Maloney
Short-A: Sam Wolff / Ryan Cordell, Barrett Serrato, Gabriel Roa
Rookie: Diego Cedeno, Jose Cardona

AAA: at Round Rock 5, New Orleans (MIA) 1
Record: 48-36, +1.0

Rehabbing Joakim Soria worked a 1-2-3 7th, striking out his final batter on his only curve of the evening that clocked at 67 MPH.  Soria mostly threw an upper-80s fastball plus a change (84) and a couple of sliders (79).  A look at his Fangraphs page (find the Pitchf/x Pitch Velocity) reveals Soria typically threw his fastball a little harder previously, but it's not as though he was dealing mid-90s heat as a Royal.  He also introduced a cutter in 2010 and offers it with increasing frequency.   I believe the plan remains for him to pitch on consecutive days in the minors before reaching Arlington. 

Wilmer Font induced a groundout and struck out a batter swinging in his AAA debut.  He hit 100 on the stadium gun once, but two others showed 98.  In any case, he threw steadily in the mid-nineties.  Ben Rowen fanned two in a clean 9th.  Starter Scott Richmond allowed a run in 6.1 innings.

Leury Garcia (.317/.359/.517) reached on two singles and a hard double to right-center.  Jose Felix tripled and singled.  He played only seven games in June, but recent prowess has improved his line to .305/.322/.341. 

I've got video of Soria (shot at 60fps, slowed to 30), Font and Rowen.  All were shot at close to field level, which in Rowen's case gives the best indication of how different he is from other pitchers.  I don't know how he'll do once he gets there, but I think Rowen's going to pitch in the Majors someday.  His style ruins hitters' timing, inducing a silly number of uncertain, defensive, hacky swings.  Yes, his badly commanded pitches will get demolished, but to date, he's avoided trouble.  In 188 career innings, he's allowed four homers and slugging percentage of .257.

Ex-Ranger and Friend of the Newberg Report RHP Doug Mathis says hello.

AA: Frisco 5, at NW Arkansas (KC) 8

Record: 5-6, tied for 1st, 44-37 overall

Two-run homers from Brett Nicholas (#15) and Tomas Telis (#4) shrank a large, early deficit.  Nicholas also singled, ands Telis (.277/.304/.395) doubled.

Carlos Pimentel has been knocked around pretty badly in six of his last seven starts.  He fanned eight yesterday but allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings.  In June, Pimentel posted a 7.34 ERA and surrendered seven homers in 30.2 innings.

SS Hanser Alberto's strong fall and offseason (plus the need to have Luis Sardinas in Myrtle Beach) merited promotion to Frisco rather than a return to High-A, where he spent half of 2012.  After a promising April, he's hitting .184/.229/.263 during the last two months.  I don't think he's in line for demotion, though.

In his first AA game, Lisalverto Bonilla struck out two in a 1-2-3 9th.

High-A (1): at Myrtle Beach 10, Lynchburg 2 (ATL) (7 innings)
High-A (2): suspended in 3rd, Myrtle up 3-2
Record: 5-3, tied for 1st, 45-32 overall

2B Rougned Odor (.298/.368/.460) doubled twice and Luis Sardinas (.280/.334/.418)reached on two singles and a walk.  Sardinas also stole his 21st base.  1B Joe Maloney plated four on a double and single, and DH Trever Adams was 2-3 with a walk.

Nick Martinez (2.77 ERA) allowed ten runners but only two runs in his 5.1 innings.  He struck out four.  Randol Rojas recorded the last two outs of the 6th to leave the bases loaded and worked a scoreless 7th.  

Low-A: rain
Record: 6-4, -1.5, 45-35 overall

Doubleheader July 29th.

Short-A: Spokane 10, at  Everett (SEA) 9
Record: 7-10, -7.0

Spokane outscored its previous five games combined.  CF Ryan Cordell's first professional homer broke a 9-9 tie in the 9th.  Cordell (.237/.297/.356) also doubled, singled and stole his fourth base.  Gabriel Roa (.176/.364/.206) reached on a single, walk and HBP, and 1B Barrett Serrato (.211/.250/.368) hit his first homer. 

Two hits, a walk and a hit batter resulted in three runs (two earned) off Chi-Chi Gonzalez (7.04 ERA) in two innings.  Josh McElwee (2.16 ERA) struck out four of seven batters, per usual, but allowed two hits that tied the game in the 8th.  Sam Wolff offered two scoreless innings and three strikeouts.  He's yet to be scored upon in 7.1 innings.

Rookie: Rangers 5, at  Reds 7
Record: 4-5, -1.0

The Reds scored three in a sloppy 8th to take the lead.  Starter Kevin Sosa (2.57 ERA) lasted 4.1 innings, struck out four, and gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. 

RF Jose Cardona (.270/.364/.432) was 1-3 with a double, walk and HBP, and LF Diego Cedeno (.276/.389/.414) reached on a double, single and HBP.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Homers! Nelson Cruz, Nate Gold  and Travis Metcalf for Oklahoma, Jose Vallejo for Frisco, where he'd just been promoted, and Christian Santana and Jonathan Greene (twice) for Clinton.  Clinton amassed 30 baserunners in a 17-5 romp over the Quad Cities.  High-A Bakersfield tallied seven errors, four wild pitches, three hit batters and two runners erased by outfielders, a performance beyond the pale even in rookie league.

Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: Tyler Tufts
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Luis Parra
Short-A: Yohander Mendez
Rookie: Derek Thompson

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