The Farm Report -- 8/31/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/30

In Frisco, Nick Tepesch completed four scoreless innings on 59 pitches, striking out three and allowing four hits and a walk. 

Hickory hit five homers, including three by Joey Gallo, to set the South Atlantic League home run record at 174.

Texas has promoted catcher Jorge Alfaro to playoff-bound high-A Myrtle Beach.  Alfaro batted .258/.338/.452 with 16 homers in 104 games at Hickory.  Joining him will be reliever Cody Ege, Texas's 2013 15th rounder.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Adduci, Bianucci
AA: Jackson / Odor
Lo-A: Wolff / Gallo, Mazara, Brinson, Selen
Short-A: Vasquez, Kela / Roa, Jackson, Jarmon
Rookie: Thompson / Vivili, Mendez
DSL: Jurado, Martinez, Carvallo / Arroyo

AAA: Round Rock 4, at Omaha (KC) 6

Record: 72-69, eliminated

Michael Kirkman allowed five runs and 12 runners in 5.2 innings.  In six rehab starts, Kirkman posted a 6.98 ERA with 19 walks in 29.2 innings.  So, Texas now has a couple of days to decide what to do with him.  If Texas calls up anyone not currently on the 40 (Jim Adduci, for example), roster space will be tight.  Kirkman pitched very well sporadically but showed the usual control lapses. 

Wilmer Font issued a walk and strikeout in a scoreless inning.  Based on prior usage, he's unlikely to pitch again during the last three games.  If done, Font finishes AAA with a 0.00 ERA and gaudy opposing line of .078/.230/.098 plus a 36% strikeout rate.  Results aside, Font remains extremely dependent on his fastball, admittedly a potent weapon.   He rarely throws his slider or split-change, and until his last home appearance I never saw a strike from either. 

Cory Burns allowed a run on a walk and hit in one inning.  Burns has walked eight in nine August innings.  1B Jim Adduci (.298/.381/.463) was 3-5 with two doubles.  DH Mike Bianucci (.276/.346/.508) doubled and hit his tenth homer.

AA: at Frisco 3, Corpus Christi (HOU) 1
Record: 68-69 overall eliminated

Luke Jackson's stellar 2013 concluded with four innings of one-run ball.  Jackson allowed two singles and two walks while striking out three.  In 27.1 AA innings, Jackson had an 0.67 ERA and opposing line of .144/.243/.167.  He struck out 30 of 103 batters.  Lisalverto Bonilla (0.31 ERA) walked two of five batters but allowed no runs in the 9th.

2B Rougned Odor (.288/.344/.500) was 2-3 with a walk. 

High-A: off
Record: 75-61 overall, 1st-half champion

Low-A: at Hickory 7, Delmarva (BAL) 3

Record: 74-63 overall, eliminated

Joey Gallo (.239/.327/.595) has 36 Sally homers.  RF Nomar Mazara (.238/.314/.387) hit his 13th homer and singled, and 2B Alejandro Selen homered and walked.  CF Lewis Brinson was 2-3 with a walk.

Paul Schwendel (4.18 ERA) struck out eight in his final 6.1 innings of 2013, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk.  Sam Wolff maintained his perfect ERA with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts. 

Short-A: at Spokane 7, Everett (SEA) 2

Record: 37-36 overall, tied for "1st," magic number 4

20-year-old Kelvin Vasquez (2.13 ERA) lasted six innings and held division-leading Everett to two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out eight.  In 14 games at the level, Vasquez struck out 27% of opponents, who batted .199/.302/.251 against him.  His earlier introduction to full-season ball was messier (6.49 ERA, rough peripherals), but he has promise.  Keone Kela (3.78 ERA) fanned four in two scoreless innings.

DH Jamie Jarmon was 2-3 with a double and walk, catcher Joe Jackson singled and doubled, and SS Gabriel Roa contributed two singles and two sac flies.

Spokane's task: win three straight to take the second-half title, or win more than Vancouver over the final three games.  Vancouver will advance at Spokane's expense should the teams end in a tie.

Rookie: Rangers 3, Indians 2
Rangers win playoff opening round 1-0

Fernando Vivili's three-run homer in the 6th erased a 1-0 deficit.  Vivili also doubled.  SS Luis Mendez singled twice and stole a base.  Starter Derek Thompson allowed a run in 4.2 innings on three hits and struck out three.   Angelo Leclerc relieved Easton Napiontek (2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB) with the bases loaded in the 7th and walked one in before retiring eight of the final nine, three via strikeout.

Dominican Summer League: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1
Rangers win semifinal 2-0

17-year-old Ariel Jurado gave up a run in four innings on four hits, a walk and four strikeouts.  During the regular season, Jurado posted a 2.39 ERA in 49 innings and struck out 47 against just three walks.  Emerson Martinez (3 IP) and closer Felix Carvallo (2 IP) combined to squelch any hope of a Red Sox rally.

The Red Sox retired the last 23 Rangers in order.  In the 1st, Sherman Lacrus walked, CF Carlos Arroyo tripled him home, and 3B Elio Castillo followed with an RBI single.

Beginning Sunday, the Rangers play the Tigers in a best-of-five for the championship.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Spokane's Martin Perez set career highs in innings (6) and strikeouts (7).  Oklahoma's Tommy Hunter tossed eight innings of one-run ball on just 86 pitches.  Frisco's Elvis Andrus stole his 52nd and 53rd bases.  Bakersfield lost its 11th straight and fell to 26-54 in its last 80 games.

Today's Starters
AAA: Jake Brigham
AA: Phil Klein
Hi-A: Luis Parra
Lo-A: John Niggli
Short-A: David Ledbetter
Rookie: TBA
DSL: off

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