The Farm Report -- 7/2/2013

OF Jairo Beras is a free man.  Beras signed for a $4.5 million bonus last February despite most teams and MLB believing he was 16, not 17, and therefore ineligible to sign until July 2nd.  After a lengthy investigation, MLB approved the contract but suspended him for a year for originally providing a false birth date.  Beras will join the rookies in Surprise.

Speaking of July 2nd, it's International Signing Day.  Texas has signed the following so far, according to various media reports:
-- RHP Marcos Diplan, 5-10, 160, ranked 6th among Baseball America's Top 30 international prospects and 8th by MLB.
-- IF Yeyson Yrizarri (really), 6-0, 175, ranked 7th by BA and 23rd by MLB
-- OF Jose Almonte, 6-4, 205, an "other prospect to watch" per BA and ranked 13th by MLB

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 7/1

Stars of the Day
AAA: Ryan Feierabend / Mike Bianucci
AA: Teodoro Martinez, Chih-Hsien Chiang, Tomas Telis
Hi-A: Kellin Deglan, Jake Skole
Lo-A: Luis Parra / Ronald Guzman, Nick Vickerson
Short-A: Yohander Mendez / Brandon Garcia
Rookie: Derek Thompson, Ricardo Rodriguez / Chuck Moorman, Smerling Lantigua

AAA: Round Rock 2, at  Nashville (MIL) 3

Record: 48-37, tied for 1st

A two-out, 9th-inning error by 2B Yangervis Solarte brought in Nashville's winning run from second base.  Cory Burns returned to action and recorded two bases-loaded outs to preserve a 2-2- tie in the 8th.  Burns had been out with a minor finger malady.  Starter Ryan Feierabend gave up two runs in 7.1 innings.

Round Rock was two-hit, one being Mike Bianucci's fourth homer.

Four Express were selected for the All-Star Game between the Pacific Coast and International Leagues: SP Brad Mills, RP Cory Burns, IF Yangervis Solarte and OF Joey Butler. 

AA: Frisco 7, at  NW Arkansas (KC) 4
Record: 6-6, tied for 1st

LF Teodoro Martinez (.280/.323/.415) was 4-5 with his ninth homer, and Tomas Telis was 3-5 with a double.  Chih-Hsien Chiang had three hits.

SS Hanser Alberto exited in the 6th after diving to his right for a grounder and landing hard on the outfield grass.  Not for the first time, Frisco forfeited its DH to create a functional defensive alignment.  The Riders have only 11 position players at present. 

Both Jimmy Reyes and Justin Miller fanned two in a scoreless inning.  Starter Tyler Tufts gave up three runs in five innings.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 8, Salem (BOS) 1 (6 innings)
Record: 6-3, tied for 1st

Everybody had one hit in the rain-shortened contest save former 1st-rounders Kellin Deglan (.217/.313/.418) and Jake Skole (.202/.305/.293), both of whom doubled and singled. 

Despite allowing no runs, Alec Asher (3.39 ERA) was pulled after a 37-pitch 3rd.  Asher struck out two and yielded two walks and four hits.  Will Lamb (4.75 ERA) gave up a run in two innings. 

Low-A: Hickory 5, at  Savannah (NYM) 0
Record: 7-4, -1.0

Ronald Guzman was 3-4 with his third homer.  He's batting a robust .326/.348/.477 in 23 games.  LF Nick Vickerson helpfully drew three walks and doubled in front of Guzman.  Vickerson, by the way, is Hickory's backup catcher in Jorge Alfaro's absence. 

Luis Parra (0.87 ERA) produced the first eight-inning, no-run start by a Crawdad this season, allowing four runs and two hits.  Parra's strikeout rate is an ordinary 18% but he's yet to allow a homer, and 32 of the 37 hits against him have been singles. 

2B Ryan Rua left mid-game after a collision on a double-play grounder. 

Short-A: Spokane 3, at  Tri-City (COL) 1
Record: 8-10, -7.0

With just one strikeout, Yohander Mendez (1.02 ERA) worked five innings marred only by an unearned run and three hits.  So far, the 18-year-old Mendez has easily proved worthy of skipping rookie league.  Travis Dean (2 IP) and John Straka (1.2 IP) managed to keep the Dust Devils off the board despite allowing three runners apiece.

DH Brandon Garcia (.188/.316/.375) doubled twice.

106 degrees in Pasco, Washington, at game-time.  Good grief.

Rookie: at Rangers 3, Reds 2 (10 innings)
Record: 5-5, -0.5

Down 2-1 in the 9th, Smerling Lantigua (.231/.286/.410) hit his second homer of the season, and Luis Mendez scored on a Jose Cardona sac fly for the win.  Catcher Chuck Moorman homered earlier.  Derek Thompson (0.00 ERA) threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, as did Ricardo Rodriguez. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Elvis Andrus and Julio Borbon reached safely three times in a 10-1 Frisco victory.  Bakersfield IF Marcus Lemon led off the game with his fourth homer.  Clinton fell to 8-23 since the end of May.  Spokane catcher Doug Hogan mashed a three-run homer for his first professional hit.

Today's Starters
AAA: Josh Lindblom
AA: off
Hi-A: Jerad Eickhoff
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck
Short-A: Collin Wiles
Rookie: Nick Gardewine

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