The Farm Report -- 7/26/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 7/25

AAA Iowa's Justin Grimm will face Houston's affiliate tonight.  C.J. Edwards takes the mound on Sunday for high-A Daytona.

Stars of the Day
AAA: none
AA: Bleier
Hi-A: Martinez, Mendoza / Beck, Skole, Adams
Lo-A: Sadzeck, Ege, Wolff / Mazara, Marte
Short-A: Castro, Slack, Zouzalik / Roa, Serrato

AAA: Round Rock 0, at Memphis (STL) 5
Record: 59-47, tied for 1st

The hirsute Jake Brigham allowed three runs for the first time since early June.  Brigham (3.93 ERA) struck out four and permitted eight hits and two walks in six innings.  Manny Ramirez (.250/.318/.417) doubled in his last at-bat for a toothless Express offense.

AA: Frisco 0, at San Antonio (SDG) 5
Record: 13-21, -7.0

Frisco's scoreless streak reached 36 innings.  Ryan Strausborger (.217/.273/.364) doubled and singled.  The Missions battered Nick McBride (6.53 ERA) for ten hits and five runs in five innings.  Richard Bleier (4.10 ERA) fanned three in two scoreless frames.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 6, at Wilmington (KC) 2
Record: 20-12, +2.0

The Pelicans mauled Kansa City's John Lamb for the second time in a row.  Preston Beck (.240/.338/.332) was 3-3 with two walks.  Jake Skole (.229/.345/.338) walked twice, singled and stole his seventh base, and DH Trever Adams did the same except for the steal. 

The Blue Rocks didn't trouble Nick Martinez (2.96 ERA), who pitched five scoreless innings with three hits, two walks and seven strikeouts.  Martinez has an opposing line of .242/.310/.321 and a 20% strikeout rate.  Francisco Mendoza (3.72 ERA) stranded two runners and tossed 1.2 scoreless innings with three Ks.  In 2011, Mendoza drew attention with a nice fastball and 50 strikeouts in 38 innings for Hickory.  Last year was a mess.  After a belated and shaky start to 2013, he's showing some of his 2011 form, albeit with occasional control lapses.

Low-A: Hickory 4, at Kannapolis (CHW) 0
Record: 17-15, -2.5

The day off proved beneficial for the Crawdads, who broke an exceptionally ugly six-game losing streak.  Connor Sadzeck (2.51 ERA) struck out just one in five innings but permitted a lone single and walked two.  He pulled his opposing line down to an impressive .220/.304/.295.  Texas's first two 2013 picks to reach full-season ball made their Hickory debuts.  15th-rounder Cody Ege whiffed three in three innings, and 6th-rounder Sam Wolff fanned two in the 9th.  Both are a few weeks older than Martin Perez.

RF Nomar Mazara (.236/.315/.363) and SS Luis Marte (.228/.252/.293) were 3-4.  Rya Rua opened the scoring in the 8th with a two-run double.

Short-A: at Spokane 2, Vancouver (TOR) 1
Record: 1-2, -1.0

Kyle Castro offered his best professional start, and the Indians produced just enough offense to cover him.  Castro (8.88 ERA) allowed a run in five innings on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts.  Ryne Slack (1.90 ERA) struck out five in three innings, and tryout-camp success story Mike Zouzalik handled the 9th.

SS Gabriel Roa singled and tripled, and DH Barrett Serrato walked twice and singled. 

Rookie: off

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas promoted Beau Jones to AA.  At the time, Texas's entire haul from the Teixeira trade was in AA or higher, while Atlanta was 48-53 and would trade Teixeira for the comparatively diminutive package of Casey Kotchman and minor-league reliever  Stephen Marek in a few days.

A free agent after  2011, Jones signed with Florida, affording the opportunity to play in his hometown of Metarie, LA.   Unfortunately, Jones was released after walking 20 in 23 innings for AAA New Orleans, and he spent the remainder of 2012 at Oakland's AA affiliate in Midland.  Best as I can tell, he's out of baseball. 

Today's Starters
AAA: Evan Meek
AA: Kevin Pucetas
Hi-A: Jerad Eickhoff
Lo-A: Frank Lopez
Short-A: Yohander Mendez
Rookie: TBD

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