Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/29
Stars of the Day
AAA: Butler, Bianucci
AA: Mendoza / Telis
Hi-A: Gonzalez, Lamb, Rojas / Herrera
Lo-A: Gallo, Alfaro, Marte
Short-A: Dean / Van Hoosier, Roa, Jackson
AAA: Round Rock 5, at Albuquerque (LAD) 10
Record: 72-68, eliminated
Evan Meek concluded his 2013 with eight runs allowed in 4.1 innings. With the retirement of Randy Wells, departure of Brad Mills and injury to Colin Balester, Meek became an unlikely but stable member of the rotation. In 15 starts, he posted a 4.40 ERA, roughly average for a starting pitcher on the east side of the PCL.
Carlos Pimentel gave up a solo homer and one other run in two innings. Pimentel has pitched sparingly in AAA and may be done for the season; if so, he concludes with a 1.59 ERA and middling peripherals in 11.1 innings. If not protected on the 40-man roster (an unlikely event, in my opinion), the 24-year-old Pimentel can elect free agency this fall.
Joey Butler (.297/.398/.448) took advantage of his last game in Albuquerque with two homers (11 and 12), two singles and a walk. DH Mike Bianucci (.271/.343/.486) was 3-4. AA: at Frisco 2, Corpus Christi (HOU) 6
Record: 67-69, eliminated
Catcher Tomas Telis (.261/.287/.350) singled twice and stole his eighth base. Arlett Mavare (5.29 ERA) struck out seven in four innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Francisco Mendoza (1.50 ERA) retired six of seven and struck out one.
High-A: Myrtle Beach 3, at Wilmington (KC) 0 (7 innings)
High-A: Myrtle Beach 0, at Wilmington (KC) 1 (7 innings)
Record: 75-61, 1st-half champion
Alex Gonzalez shut out the Blue Rocks for four innings on two hits, a walk and four strikeouts. Gonzalez concludes his regular season in Myrtle Beach with a 2.84 ERA and opposing line of .221/.312/.279. Here's what Baseball Prospectus writer Zack Mortimer offered via twitter: "FB 94-96; 3 way movement; SL 87-89; short sharp break; CH 86; arm side fade; very impressed." Mortimer likes semicolons even more than me. Anyway, Texas's 1st rounder is in line to start the first playoff game, if management so chooses. Randol Rojas (4.96 ERA) whiffed three in two scoreless innings.
2B Odubel Herera (.298/.406/.381) singled twice and walked, and 3B Drew Robinson hit a two-run triple.
In Game 2, spot-starter Will Lamb struck out six and allowed a single run on four hits and a walk. Lamb improved his strikeout rate and allowed fewer homers during the second half, but he still allowed a .355 opposing OBP, quite high for the Carolina League. Lamb walked or hit 15% of his opponents. The Pelicans had just five hits.
Salem clinched the second-half title and will face the Pelicans in the Carolina League semifinal.
Low-A: Hickory 3, at Greensboro (MIA) 4
Record: 73-63, eliminated
Despite the 33rd homer of the season from Joey Gallo and 16th from Jorge Alfaro, Hickory lost its seventh straight. SS Luis Marte doubled twice. The 19-year-old Marte, while not a marquee name, is well-regarded by management. Statistically, he's found full-season ball very trying, batting .209/.238/.268 and sometimes struggling afield.
Jose Monegro (4.78 ERA) allowed three runs in five innings.
Short-A: at Spokane 12, Everett (SEA) 3
Record: 36-36, -1.0, elimination number 4
Not a misprint: the light-hitting Indians put 22 runners on base. 2B Evan Van Hoosier (.250/.331/.365) was 3-3 with two walks, the highlight being an inside-the-park homer grumpily demoted to a triple plus infield error. SS Gabriel Roa (.234/.345/.271) and catcher Joe Jackson (.215/.298/.299) were 3-4 with a double, and Jackson also walked. Roa and Van Hoosier stole their fourth and second bases, respectively.
Starter Ryne Slack (2.63 ERA) walked five and allowed five hits in 4.1 innings but suffered only two runs. He struck out four. The undrafted 20-year-old was wild and knocked around in Hickory but pitched well with the Indians. Travis Dean fanned three in 2.1 scoreless innings. Rookie: off
The Rangers are hosting the Indians in a single-elimination game this afternoon. In fact, they just won, 3-2, and will play the Dodgers tomorrow. I'll have a recap tomorrow morning. Dominican Summer League: Rangers win semifinal over Red Sox 2-0
I already reported on yesterday's game, a 14-2 victory over the Red Sox. Dominican games begin in the morning but rarely appear online until many hours later. Yesterday, I was so surprised to see results posted in real-time that I didn't wait to report them.
Like the rookies, the DSL Rangers have already played and won today, sweeping the series. I'll have an account tomorrow.
Five Years Ago Yesterday
Spokane clinched a playoff berth behind Wilfredo Boscan's seven-inning, one-run effort. Blake Beavan threw four scoreless innings for Clinton.
AAA: Michael Kirkman
AA: Nick Tepesch
Lo-A: Paul Schwendel
Short-A: Kelvin Vasquez
Rookie: Derek Thompson
DSL: Ariel Jurado