The Farm Report -- 8/26/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/25

Rehabbing Neftali Feliz threw two innings for the first time, mowing down six batters on just 24 pitches.  Feliz threw 14 mostly well-located fastballs in a 89-93 MPH range plus a handful of changes (82-85) and hard curves (80-83).  Here's video.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Kirkman / Adduci, Whiteside
AA: Jackson / Zaneski
Hi-A: Adams, Robinson, Herrera
Lo-A: Niggli
Short-A: none
Rookie: Wiper, Dula, Leclerc

AAA: at Round Rock 9, Oklahoma City (HOU) 2
Record: 71-65, -7.0, elimination number 2

Round Rock concluded its home slate victoriously.  Wilmer Font threw two secondary pitches for strikes (swinging and fouled) during a spotless 9th.  I'd recorded a total of zero in five previous in-person viewings.  His fastball ranged from 93-97, mostly 97.  Here's video of Font.  Michael Kirkman mixed four pitches well, breezing through five innings before losing his fastball control and watching a change sail over the wall for a two-run homer in the 6th.  Kirkman walked two and struck out six. 

LF Jim Adduci improved to .370/.436/.541 in the second half with four hits including his 16th homer.  Catcher Eli Whiteside was 3-4 with a double.

AA: at Frisco 2, Midland (OAK) 4
Record: 25-37 in second half, 64-68 overall, eliminated from playoffs

Rougned Odor (.270/.318/.510) hit his fifth AA homer and fifth double.  He also let a fairly routine grounder slide under his glove for an error that brought home enemy runners from second and third in the 12th.  Luis Sardinas (.250/.278/.288) singled twice and stole his third base, and catcher Zach Zaneski walked twice and singled. 

Luke Jackson (0.39 ERA) struck out seven of 19 batters and allowed a run on three hits and a walk in five innings.  Opponents are hitting a miniscule .143/.239/.169 against him in AA.  Francisco Mendoza (1.80 ERA) tossed three scoreless frames with two strikeouts.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 3, at Winston-Salem (CHA) 7

Record: 34-29, -2.5, 74-58 overall, 1st-half champion

Trever Adams (2-4) hit his 11th homer, and both 3B Drew Robinson and 2B Odubel Herrera reached on two singles and a walk.  Kevin Pucetas (5.26 ERA) walked six and hit five others en route to six runs in five innings. 

Low-A: at Hickory 1, Augusta (SFO) 6

Record:  73-60 overall, -3.0, elimination number 5

Hickory mustered only four hits and was swept at home by the league's strongest road team.  In his first full-season outing, John Niggli yielded six singles (three of which didn't escape the infield) and a hit batter in six innings, but four scored because of timeliness and errors.  Texas drafted Niggli in the 9th round of 2012 from Liberty University.

Short-A: Spokane 2, at Vancouver (TOR) 6

Record: 35-34 overall, tied for 1st for second playoff spot

David Ledbetter (2.98 ERA) endured his worst professional start, allowing five runs in four innings on seven hits and two walks.  Ledbetter struck out one.  Spokane's offense consisted of six singles and a double.

Spokane can make the playoffs by making up a 1.5-game deficit on Everett  or finishing with the second-best overall division record if Everett wins both halves. 

Rookie: at Rangers 0, Indians 2

Record: 14-11, -1.0, 31-22 overall, 1st-half champion

Cole Wiper, Chris Dula and Angelo Leclerc combined on a five-hitter.  Wiper (2.13 ERA) fanned six in four innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and three walks.  Dula (3.86 ERA) gave up a run on a hit and struck out two, and LeClerc (3.86 ERA) struck out four across the final three innings. 

The Rangers were limited to two hits and a few walks. 

Dominican Summer League: 53-18, regular season over
Texas's Dominican squad posted the league's best record and earned a first-round playoff bye.  The offense led the 35-team league in scoring (6.2 runs per game) and OBP (.379) Perhaps most notably, it tallied more walks (336) than strikeouts (314), the only team to do so.  Jurickson Profar's 17-year-old brother Juremi batted .281/.361/.350 with 14 extra-base hits and 22 walks in 63 games.  Profar split between shortstop and third.  Shortstop Luis Terrero, also 17, batted .258/.356/.332 with 12 extra-base hits and nine steals.  19-year-old OF Curacao native Sherman Lacrus, drafted from Western Oklahoma State Junior College in the 27th-rounder, hit .330/.440/.413. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
I filed my report from a cabin on a golf course outside of Muenster, Texas.  Texas acquired RHP Mark Hamburger for reliever Eddie Guardado.  Hamburger is currently pitching well for the independent St. Paul Saints.  Oklahoma's Max Ramirez hit his 21st homer.  Clinton OF Tim Smith homered twice.  Spokane's Martin Perez fanned six in five scoreless innings.

Today's Starters
AAA: Jake Brigham
AA: Phil Klein
Hi-A: Alec Asher
Lo-A: off
Short-A: Eric Brooks
Rookie: Derek Thompson

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