The Farm Report -- 8/29/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/28

Neftali Feliz threw three scoreless innings and 41 pitches yesterday at Albuquerque.  He allowed two singles and struck out four. 

RHP Matt West is part of Texas's Arizona Fall League contingent.  I omitted him yesterday.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Lindblom / Harris
AA: Edwards, Henry / Rua, Sardinas, Sams
Lo-A: Ege
Short-A: Wiles / Cordell, Greene
Rookie: Samayoa, Ledbetter / Cardona, Johnson
DSL: Pena, Juan / Profar, Terrero, Arroyo, Castillo, Mendoza, Adames

AAA: Round Rock 1, at Albuquerque (LAD) 2 (11 innings)
Record: 72-67, eliminated

Albuquerque tied the game in the 9th on two singles against Ben Rowen and later scored the winner on a Ryan Feierabend wild pitch.  Josh Lindblom (2.71 ERA) held the Isotopes to two hits and a walk while fanning four in five innings.  Round Rock scored on Brendan Harris's solo homer.

AA: at Frisco 10, Corpus Christi (HOU) 6
Record: 67-68, eliminated

Ryan Rua (.221/.284/.382) knocked a game-winning grand slam over the left-field canopy.  Rua also singled and walked.  The homer was his third in AA.  (Tuesday's homer was his second in AA, not his first as I reported.)  Luis Sardinas (.256/.281/.316) hit his first AA homer and fourth of his career.  Kalian Sams singled twice, walked and clubbed his fourth homer in 15 games with the Riders.

Jon Edwards and Randy Henry threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.  Jerad Eickhoff (7.56 ERA) has yet to match the early success of Luke Jackson and Nick Martinez in AA.  In five innings, Eickhoff allowed six runs on seven hits (including three homers) and a walk.  He struck out two.

High-A: rain

Two today.

Low-A: Hickory 0, at Greensboro (MIA) 3
Record: 73-62, -5.0, elimination number 1

Nomar Mazara (.237/.313/.381) doubled and walk.  His teammates were 0-for-26.  Hickory needs six homers in five games to tie the Sally League record of 173.

Cody Ege struck out four in two perfect relief innings.  The 2003 15th rounder has handled full-season ball ably, allowing an opposing line of .160/.222/.200 and fanning 29 in 21.2 innings.  Starter Andrew Faulkner (3.32 ERA) allowed three runs on a solo homer, six other hits and two walks in 4.1 innings.  He struck out two.  Jose Leclerc retired five straight with one strikeout.

The Crawdads will make the postseason if they win five straight, West Virginia loses five straight, and Hagerstown wins at least one.  Probably a bit much to ask for.

Short-A: at Spokane 2, Everett (SEA) 4

Record: 35-36, -1.0, elimination number 5

Collin Wiles (3.23 ERA) lasted five innings, allowing two runs on a solo homer, three other hits and a walk while striking out five.  RF Ryan Cordell (.236/.316/.349) hit a two-run homer, his fifth, and DH Marcus Greene (.223/.365/.319) produced a double and three walks.

Rookie: Rangers 5, at Athletics 4
Final Record: 32-23 overall, 17-11 in 1st half (division champion), 15-12 in 2nd half (2nd place)
Runs Scored: 5.1 per game, 5th in 13-team league
Runs Allowed: 4.0 per game, tied for 1st
Pythagorean Record: 34-21

CF Jose Cardona (.280/.340/.365) was 2-4 with a double, and LF Saquan Johnson singled twice and doubled. 

9th-rounder Jose Samayoa (3.70 ERA) allowed a run on two hits and two walks in five innings and struck out four.  For the season, the 23-year-old permitted an opposing line of .261/.310/.374 and struck out 75 in 56 innings.  19th-rounder Ryan Ledbetter (4.26 ERA) stranded two inherited runners and retired five of six with one strikeout.

The Rangers have the day off while a few other teams complete their schedules.  Texas will play a single-elimination game Friday. 

Dominican Summer League: Rangers 14, Red Sox 2

Rangers lead best-of-three semifinal 1-0

Four different hitters contributed two singles and a walk: 17-year-old SS Juremi Profar, DH Luis Terrero (also 17), CF Carlos Arroyo and 3B Elio Castillo.  1B Crisford Adams was 3-5 with a double, and catcher Kevin Mendoza walked twice and singled.  Both Richelson Pena and Johan Juan allowed a run on three hits.  Pena fanned seven in five innings, and Juan struck out three in the last four frames.  The 19-year-old Pena posted a 2.29 ERA and 76 strikeouts against just 11 walks in 74.2 innings.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Derek Holland struck out seven and allowed a run in six innings.  Spokane's Mike Bianucci suffered a broken hand diving for a ball in left field.

Today's Starters
AAA: Evan Meek
AA: Arlett Mavare
Hi-A: Alex Gonzalez / Luis Parra
Lo-A: Jose Monegro
Short-A: Ryne Slack
Rookie: off

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