The Farm Report -- 8/1/2013

Out in Midland with the AA RoughRiders, Matt Harrison retired four batters on 31 pitches.  He fanned two and surrendered to singles and a walk.

2B Rougned Odor and SS Luis Sardinas are headed to Frisco.  Odor hit .304/.369/.453 with five homers and 27 steals in 98 games, while Sardinas batted .297/.357/.358 with 26 steals in 95 games at short, while  They'll be the Texas League's youngest and third-youngest players, respectively.  In's updated prospect rankings, Sardinas is second, Odor fifth. 

Joining them will be RHP Luke Jackson, who posted a 2.41 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 101 innings at Myrtle Beach.  Texas drafted Jackson 45th overall in 2010, four spots ahead of Mike Olt. 

Also jumping to Frisco are right-handed relievers Jon Edwards (3.57 ERA,.196/.345/.252 opposing line) and Francisco Mendoza (3.55 ERA, .275/.369/.373).  

Frisco infielders Hanser Alberto (.213/.253/.287) and Odubel Herrera (.257/.289/.339) were sent back to Myrtle Beach.  Alberto was the Texas League's youngest player until mid-June, and he'll be the youngest Pelican now that Odor and Sardinas are gone.  RHP Nick McBride returns to Myrtle Beach along with Kevin Pucetas. 

Jackson replaces Carlos Pimentel, who is moving to Round Rock.  Pimentel has been at Frisco since the beginning of 2011; this season, he has a 4.09 ERA and opposing line of .233/.299/.414 with 122 strikeouts in 116.2 innings.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 7/31

Stars of the Day
AAA: Buchholz
AA: Pucetas, Buchholz / Herrera
Hi-A: Martinez, McElwee / Deglan
Lo-A: Lopez / Alfaro
Short-A: Slack, Kela / Castro, Serrato
Rookie: Wiper / Demeritte, Lantigua

AAA: Round Rock 3, at Fresno (SFO) 5
Record: 62-50, -1.0

Wilmer Font fanned three and walked two in 1.2 no-hit innings.  Opponents are hitting .097/.282/.097 against him in 39 plate appearances.  He's given up three singles and eight walks or hit batters.

Evan Meek allowed three runs in 5.1 innings.  Johan Yan (4.74 ERA) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam inherited from Meek but allowed two runs on his own in an inning.  Newcomer Alex Buchholz singled and doubled.

AA: Frisco 2, at Midland (OAK) 1

Record: 16-24, -8.0

Odubel Herrera walked twice and singled for the light-hitting Riders.  CF Ryan Strausborger walked, singled and stole two bases.  Kevin Pucetas tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, and Lisalverto Bonilla whiffed four six batters to record his second save.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 0, Winston-Salem (CHA) 3
Record: 23-14, +2.0

Nick Martinez (3.02 ERA) gave up three runs on a two-run homer and five other hits in seven innings.  He struck out nine.  Josh McElwee (1.98) retired six of seven.  Catcher Kellin Deglan singled and doubled. 

Low-A: Hickory 0, at Charleston (NYY) 2
Record: 21-18, -3.5

Hickory displayed the torpor of its recently broken six-game losing streak.  1B Jorge Alfaro (.265/.336/.455) was 3-4 with a double, and Jordan Akins (.218/.238/.331) singled twice, but both were picked off first while Hickory trailed by a single run.  Chris Garia stole second and third after leading off the game with a single. 

The Crawdads averaged 3.8 runs per game in July on a line of .229/.297/.357 and modest (for them) 24 homers in 29 games.  They now need 32 homers in their last 31 games to break the Sally League record.  Hickory's 77 strikeouts in its last ten games is the lowest of any ten-game span this season.

Frank Lopez (6.30 ERA) gave up a run on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts in five innings.

Short-A: at Spokane 6, Salem-Keizer (SFO) 4 (11 innings)
Record: 4-5, -2.0

LF Barrett Serrato (3-5) ended the game with a two-run homer, his second.  2B Janluis Castro (.227/.286/.331) doubled and hit his third homer.

The Volcanoes erupted (yes I went there) for four runs in five innings against Kyle Castro, who walked three and struck out four (8.59 ERA).  Ryne Slack (3 IP, 5 SO), Keone Kela (2 IP, 4 SO) and Justin Sprenger (1 IP, 1 SO) combined to shut out Salem-Keizer as the offense mounted its comeback.

Rookie: Rangers 5, at Mariners 3
Record: 4-1, +1.0

1st-round SS Travis Demeritte (.261/.397/.396) walked twice and singled, and 1B Smerling Lantigua (.215/.277/.387) doubled and tripled.  Cole Wiper gave up a couple of singles and struck out two in three scoreless innings.  Kevin Sosa (2.77 ERA) allowed two runs in 1.1 relief innings.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Bakersfield's Derek Holland fanned five in six scoreless innings.  Clinton's Michael Main and Joseph Ortiz combined to three-hit South Bend.  SS Leury Garcia (.186/.240/.257) walked twice and stole two bases for the rookies.

Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: Arlett Mavare
Hi-A: Victor Payano (completion of 6/27 rain delay) / Paul Schwendel
Lo-A: Andrew Faulkner
Short-A: Yohander Mendez
Rookie: Derek Thompson

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