The Farm Report -- 8/27/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/26

Best of luck to Jim Callis, who is leaving Baseball America after 23 years to work for

Stars of the Day
AAA: McGuiness, Cunningham
AA: Klein, Bonilla / Nicholas, Martinez, Sams
Hi-A: Asher
Short-A: Brooks / Cordell

AAA: Round Rock 5, at Albuquerque (LAD) 6

Record: 71-66, -7.0, elimination number 1

Chris McGuiness hit his 11th homer and Aaron Cunningham added his 10th.  Both also doubled.  Jake Brigham (4.47 ERA) kept the ball in the park but allowed five runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out three.

No Express players were named to the All-PCL squad.  As usual, eight of the nine hitters came from the league's offense-friendly western half, and the three pitchers were from New Orleans or Nashville, two pitcher-oriented locations.  This season, 24 hitters have slugging percentages of .475 or higher; 14 come from just five teams (Tucson, SLC, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, Reno), and 21 are from the western half. 

AA: at Frisco 5, Midland (OAK) 3

Record: 65-68, eliminated

Teodoro Martinez and Kalian Sams hit solo homers, the 13th for each at this level.  1b Brett Nicholas singled twice and walked.  Spot-starting Phil Klein (2.68 ERA) struck out four in three innings and allowed a run on three hits and a walk.  Lisalverto Bonilla (0.32 ERA) retired six of seven batters via strikeout.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 0, at Winston-Salem (CHA) 3

Record: 34-30, -3.5, first-half champ

Alec Asher (2.90 ERA) shut out the Dash for five innings on four hits, walked none and struck out eight.  In his last four starts covering 25 innings, Asher has allowed ten hits (all singles), six walks and no runs while striking out 28.  He leads the Carolina League and organization with 139 strikeouts.  Originally drafted by the Giants in 2010, Asher found himself unwanted after a post-draft physical revealed a bone spur in his elbow.

Winston-Salem scored three (all unearned) off Josh McElwee (1.14 ERA), who struck out four in three innings.  The offense managed six singles.

Low-A: off
Record: 73-60, -3.0, elimination number 5

Short-A: Spokane 1, at Vancouver (TOR) 3

Record: 35-35, -1.0, elimination number 6

Spokane has averaged 3.3 runs per game and batted .227/.295/.310 in August.  The Indians managed five hits yesterday, all singles.  CF Ryan Cordell was 1-3 with a hit-by-pitch and his 17th and 18th stolen bases.  Eric Brooks (3.12 ERA) walked four in 5.2 innings but allowed just three hits and an unearned run.

Rookie: rain, cancelled
Record: 31-22, first-half champ

Five Years Ago Yesterday
The Arizona Fall League announces it rosters, including Texas's RHP John Bannister, RHP Willie Eyre, LHP Beau Jones, RHP Andrew Laughter, 1B Chad Tracy, 3B John Whittleman and OF Julio Borbon.  To my knowledge, the only currently active players from that group are Borbon (AAA Iowa) and Tracy (with the indy York Revolution). 

Today's Starters
AAA: Scott Richmond
AA: Nick Tepesch
Hi-A: Nick McBride
Lo-A: Frank Lopez
Short-A: off
Rookie: TBA

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