The Farm Report -- 7/6/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 7/5

Stars of the Day
AAA: Leury Garcia, Yangervis Solarte, Mike Bianucci
AA: Zach Zaneski
Hi-A: Preston Beck
Lo-A: CJ Edwards, Jose Valdespina, Andrew Faulkner / Nick Williams, Nick Vickerson, David Lyon
Short-A:Chi-Chi Gonzalez, Eric Brooks, Alex de la Cruz / Brandon Garcia, Alberto Triunfel
Rookie: Kevin Sosa, Cole Wiper

AAA: at Round Rock 6, Omaha (KC) 4
Record: 50-39, +1.5

A sac fly and the fifth homer in ten days from Mike Bianucci (.287/.354/.575) plated three.  Both Leury Garcia (.308/.365/.487) and Yangervis Solarte (.302/.347/.456) doubled and singled, and Solarte also walked.  Scott Richmond gave up four runs in seven innings. 

Mike Olt's baby slump has grown into a toddler.  Since returning from hitter-friendly Albuquerque, Olt is batting .125/.243/.156 with 15 strikeouts in nine games.

AA: at Frisco 2, Arkansas (LAA) 5

Record: 6-9, -3.0

Neil Ramirez (3.33 ERA) produced another high-strikeout, high-run performance, fanning 7 of 24 batters but allowing four runs on six hits and a walk.  Ramirez's 113 strikeouts lead the Texas League and the organization.

Catcher Zach Zaneski (.193/.285/.321) reached on a single, walk and HBP, and Ryan Strausborger singled twice.   Otherwise, offense was very light.

DFA'ed reliever Kyle McClennan accepted assignment to Frisco.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 7, at  Winston-Salem (CHA) 4
Record: 8-5, +1.0

Nick Martinez (3.09 ERA) allowed a season-high five earned runs.  Martinez lasted six innings with seven hits, a couple of walks and four strikeouts.  He's still holding opponents to a solid line of .246/.313/.329 with a 19% strikeout rate, a touch below the league average but probably a hair above the typical starter.

RF Preston Beck (.227/.324/.330) hit his second homer, doubled and walked.  Luis Sardinas stole bases 22 and 23 and singled twice.  Joe Maloney doubled twice.  Coincidentally, all three committed errors.

Josh McElwee, who fanned 22 of 37 batters in Spokane recently after beginning the year in Hickory, made his Myrtle Beach debut.  McElwee began with two singles and a wild pitch followed by a two-run error by Maloney.  He then retired five straight, three on strikeouts.

Low-A: at Hickory 2, Kannapolis (CHW) 4 (completion of Thursday game)
Low-A: at Hickory 8, Kannapolis (CHW) 2
Record: 9-6, -0.5

In the second game, the offense erupted for eight runs on ten hits in the 1st.  Nick Williams led off with a homer, and catcher David Lyon and SS Luis Marte hit two-run doubles.  Joey Gallo batted twice with the bases loaded and fanned both times.  For the rest of the game, Hickory had three hits and 14 strikeouts.  Nick Vickerson was 3-5.

CJ Edwards (1.98 ERA) touched double-digits in strikeouts for the second time in four starts.  In 5.2 innings, he yielded two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk.  Jose Valdespina (7.45 ERA) allowed a single to bring in an inherited runner but fanned three in 2.1 otherwise perfect innings.

The completion of the first game was a dud.  On Thursday, Hickory tied Kannapolis in the 7th just as the rain came.  Last night in the 8th, Jose Monegro allowed back-to-back solo homers, and Hickory's output was limited to a Ronald Guzman walk.  Starter Andrew Faulkner struck out eight in six innings and surrendered two runs. 

Short-A: at Spokane 4, Eugene (SDG) 3 (12 innings)

Record: 12-10, -3.0

Less than a week ago, 14-2 Everett led Spokane by eight games.  Since then, the Aquasox have lost five of six while Spokane has won six straight.  Down 3-2 in the 9th, Spokane tied Eugene on Alberto Triunfel's second homer in three days.  In the 12th, LF Brandon Garcia doubled in Kevin Torres, who had singled.  Spokane had only two hits beyond what I described.  Garcia also walked.

1st-rounder Chi-Chi Gonzalez (5.91 ERA) permitted a solo homer (the only run), three other hits and a walk in three innings.  He struck out one.   Alex de la Cruz tossed a perfect 11th and 12th with three strikeouts and Eric Brooks (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 SO) handled the middle innings.

Debuting professionally was LHP Cody Ege, drafted in the 15th round from Louisville.  Ege hit his first batter (indeed, knocked him out of the game) and gave up a run-scoring double in his first frame.  He worked around a single in a scoreless 8th.

Rookie: Rangers 3, at Cubs 1
Record: 8-5, +1.0

Cole Wiper made his first appearance, recording a strikeout, grounder and popup in the 6th.  Although drafted in the 10th round, Wiper received the fourth-highest bonus among Texas picks, an inducement to leave Oregon after his redshirt freshman year.  Starter Kevin Sosa (1.89 ERA) reached five innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and a walk while whiffing three.

Jairo Beras was 0-4 with two strikeouts.  Catcher GCarlos garay walked twice, and 2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled twice. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma's Nelson Cruz hit his 26th homer, and Julio Borbon clubbed his first as a RoughRider.  Michael Kirkman pitched seven scoreless innings for Clinton.

Today's Starters
AAA: Alexi Ogando
AA: Carlos Pimentel
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: Luis Parra
Short-A: Yohandez Nemdez
Rookie: Derek Thompson

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