The Farm Report -- 8/15/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/14

I know, I know. Cory Burns isn't left-handed.  That's a mistake I've been flirting with all season for some reason.

Lance Berkman walked twice and grounded out as Frisco's DH.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Yan / Adduci, Butler
AA: Jackson / Chiang, Rua, Telis
Hi-A: none
Lo-A: Schwendel, Stafford / Gallo
Short-A: Niggli, Pollorena / Van Hoosier

AAA: at Round Rock 6, Tacoma (SEA) 8
Record: 64-61, -5.0

Round Rock again lost a chance to gain ground on division-leading Oklahoma City when Tacoma scored five against a wild Justin Miller (0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB) in the 8th.  Johan Yan (2 IP, 4 SO) and Ben Rowen (1.2 IP, 2 SO) allowed no runs, and starter Michael Kirkman yielded three runs on four hits and four walks in five innings.

Jim Adduci was 3-4 with two doubles, a walk and his 30th stolen base.  Adduci has reached safely 20 times (.583/.667/.792) in his last six games, all as a leadoff hitter.  Joey Butler (.287/.376/.427) singled twice and walked twice.

AA: at Frisco 6, Springfield (STL) 1
Record: 20-32, -12.0

Luke Jackson walked four in five innings but otherwise excelled, striking out five and permitting no runs on four hits in five innings.  Opponents are hitting a paltry .182/.280/.227 with a 30% strikeout rate in 13 AA innings.  Fresh off the DL, Alex Claudio fanned two in a scoreless inning, as did Lisalverto Bonilla.

Ryan Rua (.261/.346/.348) tripled, walked and was hit, and Tomas Telis reached via single, walk and HBP.  Chih-Hsien Chiang doubled twice.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 0, at Carolina (CLE) 7

Record: 30-21, +1.5

Luis Parra (4.66 ERA) allowed ten runners and four runs in 3.2 innings, and Randol Rojas (4.15 ERA) gave up a two-run homer and another run in 3.1.  Jake Skole (.224/.344/.321) singled and walked.

Low-A: at Hickory 3, Asheville (COL) 4
Record: 29-23, -4.5

Three errors contributed greatly to Asheville's four runs.  Paul Schwendel (6 IP, 7 H, 4 SO) and Sam Stafford (3 IP, 2 H, 6 SO) didn't walk anyone.  3B Joey Gallo (.233/.320/.550) was 2-3 with a walk, his 10th steal and 28th homer.

Short-A: Spokane 3, at Tri-City (COL) 2
Record: 10-10, +1.0

Spokane gained sole possession of first despite its middling record.  2B Evan Van Hoosier (.231/.320/.333) drew two of Spokane's eight walks and singled.  LF Jamie Jarmon (.160/.241/.213) doubled and walked.  John Niggli (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SO) and Luis Pollorena (3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO) handled the Dust Devils.

Rookie: off

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Neftali Feliz matched a career-high five walks and threw 74 pitches in just three innings.  Clinton's Mitch Moreland hit his 14th homer.

Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: Tyler Tufts
Hi-A: Kevin Pucetas
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck
Short-A: Eric Brooks
Rookie: TBA

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