The Farm Report -- 7/25/2013

I apologize for the delay.  Usually, I can shuffle my real-life schedule to accommodate the daily report.  Not today.

Frisco SP Neil Ramirez was DL'ed with a biceps strain.

Mike Olt was 1-5 with three strikeouts in his debut for AAA Iowa, and Justin Grimm appeared as a pinch-runner and scored.  Iowa and Round Rock won't meet again unless both make the playoffs.   CJ Edwards will pitch for high-A Daytona in the Florida State League.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 7/24

Stars of the Day
AAA: Richmond / Adduci
AA: Claudio / Strausborger
Hi-A: Rojas / Maloney
Short-A: Gonzalez / Schiller
Rookie: Ledbetter / Vivili, Moorman

AAA: Round Rock 2, at Memphis (STL) 3
Record: 59-46, tied for 1st

Jim Adduci broke up Michael Wacha's perfect game with a 6th-inning homer and repeated the feat in the 8th against Keith Butler.  Adduci's 13th and 14th homers elevated him to .270/.354/.453.  Chris McGuiness (1-3) was the only other batter to reach safely.  Manny Ramirez (0-3) dropped to .250/.323/.411.  He's never played the field, in case you're curious.  Scott Richmond (5.57 ERA) gave up three runs in 7.2 innings.

Wacha was the 19th-overall selection in 2012.  He's an Aggie, if you're into that sort of thing.

AA: at Frisco 0, Midland (OAK) 6
Record: 13-20, -6.0

Frisco hasn't scored since Teodoro Martinez's leadoff homer Tuesday.  Ryan Strausborger (.213/.271/.360) had a double and single.  Alex Buchholz has been beastly in July, and Strausborger, Brett Nicholas and Tomas Telis have hit well.  Everybody else: .200/.238/.287 this month. 

Carlos Pimentel (4.23 ERA) reverted to mid-season form, meaning five runs in 3.2 innings on five hits and three walks.  Changeup wizard Alex Claudio (1.23 ERA) fanned five in 2.1 scoreless innings.

OF Joe Benson has been activated after nearly six weeks on the DL with a groin injury.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 2, at Wilmington (KC) 7
Record: 19-12, +2.0

Two years running, Victor Payano (6.35 ERA) has hit a wall at around 60-70 innings.  Yesterday, he retired one of eight batters and departed with four runs in and three on.  Last year, Texas demoted him to the bullpen in August, where he quickly regained form.  A repeat assignment may be in order.  Paul Schwendel (4.2 IP, 2 R) prevented catastrophe, and Randol Rojas (4.08 ERA) allowed two runners in three scoreless innings.

DH Joe Maloney (.224/.274/.352) singled and doubled.

Low-A: Off.

Refreshed in body and spirit (I hope), Hickory visits Kannapolis tonight.  Rehabbing DH Jorge Alfaro was 0-5 with the rookies.

Short-A: at Spokane 0, Vancouver (TOR) 2
Record: 0-2, -2.0

Spokane lost 2-0 for the second day in a row, but 1st-rounder Chi-Chi Gonzalez (5.49 ERA) produced his best start, allowing no runs in three innings on two singles, a walk and three strikeouts.  Eric Brooks fanned six in four innings and allowed just four baserunners, but two scored, plenty for Vancouver.  DH Cam Schiller (.207/.294/.298) doubled and singled.

Rookie: Rangers 10, at Indians 7
Record: 17-11, +1.5

Most of the organization's offense trickled down to Arizona, where the rookies mashed two homers and plated seven in the 5th.  1B Chuck Moorman walked and a hit his second homer, and catcher Fernando Vivili knocked a grand slam, his first long ball of the season.  RF Jose Cardona (.298/.370/.404), SS Travis Demeritte (.258/.390/.392) and 2B Luis Mendez contributed two singles.

Ryan Ledbetter (4.91 ERA) pitched a scoreless 8th with one strikeout, and starter Jose Samayoa (2.31 ERA) gave up only two runs in four innings despite a homer, five other hits and two walks.  He struck out four.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Bakersfield's Derek Holland struck out 10 in six innings and walked just one.  He allowed two runs.  Spokane's Martin Perez threw five scoreless innings with only two hits and no walks plus five strikeouts.  Mitch Moreland’s solo homer (#12) erased a 2-1 Clinton deficit in the 6th.

Today's Starters
AAA: Jake Brigham
AA: Nick McBride
Hi-A: Nick Martinez
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck
Short-A: Kyle Castro
Rookie: off

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