The Farm Report -- 9/1/2013

The Rangers have activated DH Lance Berkman and pitchers Neftali Feliz, Michael Kirkman and Nick Tepesch.  Promoted from AAA Round Rock are righty Cory Burns, catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Jim Adduci, making his hard-earned MLB debut at the tender age of 28. 

Adduci batted .298/.381/.463 with 32 steals and career highs in homers (16), doubles (24), hits (141) and walks (65).  He has a pronounced platoon split this season, unlike most previous years.  Adduci has ample experience in center but is best suited to the corners; he can also play first, though not very comfortably.  He's in today's starting lineup.

Texas created 40-man roster room by designating Frisco OF Joe Benson for assignment and releasing RHP Justin Miller.  Benson created a minor stir with four homers in his first seven games but batted very poorly afterward: .179/.267/.282, 31% SO rate.  Miller, returning from Tommy John surgery, was on the Round Rock DL, having exited his last appearance after just four pitches.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 8/31

Hickory 3B Joey Gallo hit two homers last night to become the first teenager with 40 since Dick Simpson of the Class C San Jose Bees in 1962.  Gallo has 38 homers in Hickory, two short of Russ Branyan's Sally-best 40 hit in 1996.  Since coming off the DL, he's batting .308/.400/.885 with 12 homers in 22 games.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Rowen / Beltre, Bianucci, McGuiness
AA: Klein, Bleier / Odor, Sams, Rua
Hi-A: Kendall / Robinson
Lo-A: Niggli, Leclerc / Gallo, Selen, Lyon
Short-A: Ledbetter / Greene, Akins, Castro
Rookie: Onaka, Johnson

AAA: Round Rock 5, at Omaha (KC) 4
Record: 73-69, eliminated

Engel Beltre singled and scored the game-tying run in the 9th, then homered in the 11th (his seventh).  DH Mike Bianucci was 3-4 with a double, his 11th homer and a walk.  1B Chris McGuiness drew three walks.

In his final start of the season, and perhaps his last with the Rangers, Jake Brigham (4.51 ERA) allowed four runs in seven innings on nine hits, three walks and three strikeouts.  Brigham can become a free agent this fall.  Texas drafted Brigham in the sixth round of 2006, traded him to the Cubs last summer and reacquired him for Barret Loux last fall.  Loux posted a 4.84 ERA in 80 AAA innings; he's been DL'ed thrice, most recently for a shoulder strain.

Ben Rowen (0.84 ERA) threw three scoreless innings, retiring nine of ten.  In 32 AAA innings, Rowen held opponents to a line of .157/.198/.165 and struck out 30.  He also allowed just one extra-base hit, a double. 

AA: Frisco 7, at Midland (OAK) 1
Record: 69-69 overall, eliminated

2B Rougned Odor (.293/.346/.520) hit his sixth AA homer, one more than his total in 100 high-A games.  3B Ryan Rua (.231/.302/.385) doubled and singled, and RF Kalian Sams was 3-4 with a walk. 

Phil Klein walked three and struck out six in 3.1 scoreless innings.  The 6'7" righty posted a 2.45 ERA and opposing line of .230/.376/.316 in 55 innings with plenty of strikeouts (30% rate) and walks (18%).  Richard Bleier (3.18 ERA) allowed a single hit and fanned two over the next 3.2 IP.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 4, Carolina (CLE) 3
Record: 76-61 overall, 1st-half champion

In the 9th, 3B Drew Robinson doubled and scored the game-ender when Carolina botched Trever Adams' sac bunt.  Robinson also hit a two-run homer, his eighth.  After a slow April and May, Robinson (.250/.363/.400) appears to have assured promotion to AA next season.   He turns 22 next April.  Luis Parra (3.71 ERA) allowed a homer and several other hard-hit balls early but eventually settled into six full innings with three runs allowed.  Cody Kendall (3.63 ERA) threw two scoreless innings with one strikeout, and Cody Ege struck out his one batter in his high-A debut.

Low-A: at Hickory 8, Delmarva (BAL) 2

Record: 75-63 overall, eliminated

In addition to Gallo's heroics, catcher David Lyon hit a grand slam (his 8th homer), and 2B Alejandro Selen was 4-4 with a double.  CF Lewis Brinson singled, walked and stole his 24th base.  John Niggli allowed two runs in 6.1 innings.  Jose Leclerc struck out two in a scoreless 9th.  For the season, despite his ordinary 3.41 ERA, Leclerc struck out 30% of his opponents, walked a reasonable 8%, and allowed only two homers in 58 innings.

Short-A: Spokane 3, at Everett (SEA) 6

Record: 38-36 overall, tied for "1st"

The third homers from Marcus Greene (2-5, 2B) and Jordan Akins (1-4) fueled a comeback from a 2-0 deficit.  3B Janluis Castro (.258/.312/.363) was 3-5 with a double.

3rd-rounder David Ledbetter (2.93 ERA) held the AquaSox to a run in four innings on five hits, a walk and six strikeouts.  Ledbetter struck out a solid 21% of his opponents and allowed a line of .243/.308/.358. 

Spokane's task: Win the second-half title outright with two victories, or win one and hope that Vancouver loses two straight. 

Rookie: Rangers 4, Dodgers 9
Rangers lose league semifinal 1-0, season over

In three innings, starter Cole Wiper allowed a solo homer and unearned run on two other hits, two walks and two strikeouts.  Tag-team partner Akeem Bostick had his roughest day as a professional, surrendering four runs (three earned) in 3.2 innings on four hits and three walks.  He did strike out five of 17 batters faced.  DH Saquan Johnson was 2-3 with a double and walk, and RF Hirotoshi Onaka singled and doubled.

The Dodgers and Giants play for the championship tonight.

Dominican Summer League: off

The Rangers open their best-of-five final against the Tigers today.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
The only immediate recalls from the minors were Taylor Teagarden and infielder German Duran.  After AAA Oklahoma's playoff run, Max Ramirez, 3B Travis Metcalf, and RHPs Wes Littleton and Brian Gordon would also join the Rangers.

Today's Starters
AAA: Scott Richmond
AA: Nick Martinez
Hi-A: Tyler Smith
Lo-A: Frank Lopez
Short-A: Eric Brooks
Rookie: season over
DSL: Werner Leal

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