The Farm Report -- 8/17/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/16

Stars of the Day
AAA: Font / Adduci, McGuiness
AA: Martinez, Bonilla, Claudio / Sardinas
Hi-A: Asher / Herrera
Lo-A: Smith / Gallo, Williams
Short-A: Wiles, Dean / Van Hoosier, Jackson, Schiller
Rookie: Lanphere, Thompson / Cardona, McDonald

AAA: Round Rock 7, at Nashville (MIL) 4
Record: 66-61, -5.0

Round Rock won the first of five at lowly Nashville.  Chris McGuiness hit his ninth homer, and Jim Adduci singled and doubled.  Engel Beltre (1-5) has a double, walk and seven strikeouts in three games back with the Express.  In the minors, Beltre has improved his walk rate a full 60% over the previous three years, but as you saw in Texas, laying off pitches isn't his strong suit.

Jake Brigham (4.42 ERA) fought through 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks.  Wilmer Font whiffed two in two scoreless innings. 

AA: at Frisco 6, Tulsa (COL) 5 (13 innings)
Record: 21-33, -12.0, elimination number 5

Frisco scored four in an exceptionally messy 9th, wherein Tulsa committed two errors and walked in the game-tying run with two out.  In the 13th, Luis Sardinas (2-6) opened with a double, and Rougned Odor (2-7) singled him home.  Frisco didn't ruffle Colorado prospect Eddie Butler (5 IP, 1 H, 1 R).

Frisco overcame four errors.  Nick Martinez (1.50 ERA) fanned seven in six innings and permitted three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks.  Lisalverto Bonilla whiffed three in two clean innings and Alex Claudio prevented any damage in three extra innings and struck out one.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 3, at Carolina (CLE) 1 (10 innings)

Record: 32-21, +3.0

Alec Asher (3.14 ERA) one-hit the Mudcats over six scoreless innings, struck out eight and walked three.  Asher now leads the league with 125 Ks. 

The Pelicans scored twice on a walk, four singles and sac fly in the 10th.  2B Odubel Herrera was 2-4 with a walk and first steal in high-A. Catcher Kellin Deglan and RF Preston Beck singled twice, and CF Jake Skole walked twice.

Low-A: Hickory 3, at West Virginia (PIT) 5
Record: 30-24, -4.5

Joey Gallo's 29th homer (31st including rehab) was the highlight of a frustrating loss to division-leading West Virginia.  Gallo (.234/.321/.559) also walked.  LF Nick Williams doubled and singled.   Frank Lopez (5.18 ERA) yielded five runs in five innings, and Tyler Smith (5.49 ERA) followed with five strikeouts in three scoreless innings.

Short-A: at Spokane 5, Hillsboro (ARI) 1
Record: 12-10, +2.0

Catcher Joe Jackson (.221/.321/.337) hit a three-run homer in the 1st, and 2B Evan Van Hoosier (.231/.318/.350) plated Gabriel Roa with a 2nd-inning bomb.  3B Cam Schiller was 3-4.

Collin Wiles held the Hops to a run on four hits and no walks in six innings, and he fanned three.  Asked about Spokane's postseason potential, Wiles responded: "“If we can take care of it game by game, then anything else will take care of itself.” Spoken like a veteran.  Travis Dean (2.55 ERA) struck out three in two scoreless innings.

Rookie: at Rangers 0, D-backs 4
Record: 12-6, +2.0

Luke Lanphere (3 IP, 3 SO), Derek Thompson (5 IP, 5 SO) and Easton Napiontek (1 IP) combined on a walk-free seven-hit shutout.  DH Todd McDonald was 4-4 with a double and walk, and CF Jose Cardona singled twice and walked.  After a rough start to professional play, McDonald is hitting .373/.439/.471 in his last 13 games.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
John Mayberry (.273/.324/.483 in AAA) clubbed two doubles for AAA Oklahoma.  2008 would be his last with the Rangers.  A marginal 40 addition, even on Texas's sub-.500 roster, he was traded before the roster deadline to Philadelphia, where he's fashioned a Major League career mostly as a fourth outfielder and pinch hitter. 

Today's Starters
AAA: Scott Richmond
AA: Jerad Eickhoff
Hi-A: Nick McBride
Lo-A: Andrew Faulkner
Short-A: Ryne Slack
Rookie: TBA

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