The Farm Report -- 9/2/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 9/1

Stars of the Day
AAA: McGuiness
AA: Martinez / Sardinas, Odor, Martinez, Chiang, Rua, Strausborger
Hi-A: Zouzalik, McElwee / Herrera, Alfaro, Robinson, Alberto
Short-A: Brooks / Cordell, Van Hoosier, Akins
DSL: Marte / Arroyo

AAA: Round Rock 1, at Omaha (KC) 6
Record: 73-70, eliminated

Omaha scored six in 4.1 innings off Scott Richmond (5.91 ERA).  Ryan Rodebaugh (3.34 ERA) and Johan Yan (4.68 ERA) threw scoreless innings, and Ross Wolf retired five batters.  1B Chris McGuiness (.247/.368/.425) walked twice and singled, and CF Engel Beltre (.293/.341/.401) had two singles.

AA: Frisco 14, at Midland (OAK) 4

Record: 70-69, eliminated

Teodoro Martinez hit a grand slam, a three-run homer, double and single in an eight-RBI afternoon.  Martinez's second half has been light on production up until yesterday (.219/.243/.352), but he has 15 homers in 2013, five more than his previous three years combined.  The 21-year-old Martinez is listed at 155 pounds (yes) and 5'11" (mmm, nope). 

Youngsters Luis Sardinas (4-6) and Rougned Odor (3-6, double) aided Frisco's 19-hit attack.  Contributing a double and single were Ryan Rua (plus a walk), Ryan Strausborger and Chih-Hsien Chiang.

Nick Martinez completed his fifth start in AAA with a 1.13 ERA and opposing line of .107/.164/.136.  On Sunday, the 23-year-old allowed a run on a solo homer and two other hits while striking out three.  Reliever Randy Henry (1.07 ERA) allowed a run in two innings.  Henry struck out 40 against just seven walks in 40 innings and allowed just one ball to leave the premises. 

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 9, Carolina (CLE) 3
Record: 77-61, first-half champion

3B Drew Robinson (.256/.368/.404) was 4-5, and four others (Odubel Herrera, Trever Adams, Royce Bolinger, Kellin Deglan, Hanser Alberto) added two hits.  Herrera and Alberto also walked.  DH Jorge Alfaro walked twice and singled. 

Reliever Josh McElwee allowed a hit and walk while striking out three in three scoreless innings.  Between Spokane, Hickory and Myrtle Beach, McElwee (3.26 ERA) struck out 30% of his opponents but did allow eight homers in 58 innings.  Walk-on Mike Zouzalik (3.95 ERA) allowed a run in three innings, also with three strikeouts.

Alec Asher will start Myrtle Beach's first playoff game Wednesday.

Low-A: rained out
Record: 765-63, eliminated

The game won't be rescheduled. 

Short-A: Spokane 2, at Everett (SEA) 3

Record: 38-37 overall, eliminated

A tough one.  Eric Brooks threw six no-hit innings and struck out 11, and Spokane led 2-0 in the 8th on an RBI double from Evan Van Hoosier and solo homer from Jordan Akins.  In the bottom half, Everett scored three, punctuated by Chantz Mack's pinch-hit two-run homer off John Straka.  A few hours later, Vancouver won and eliminated Spokane from postseason contention.

Van Hoosier (.255/.339/.370) was 3-4, and LF Ryan Cordell (.239/.315/.352) doubled and singled.  Brooks lowered his ERA in Spokane to 2.79 and ended with four consecutive strong starts. 

Rookie: season over, eliminated in league semifinals

The Giants, 41-14 during the regular season, beat the Dodgers 4-0 to win the league championship.

Dominican Summer League: Rangers 2, Tigers 10
Rangers trail best-of-five final 0-1

Juan Marte threw two perfect innings with three strikeouts, but the Tigers scored at will against three of his teammates including 18-year-olds Werner Leal (3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 SO) and Pedro Payano (2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 2 SO) and 17-year-old Jonathan Hernandez (2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 SO).  CF Carlos Arroyo was 3-5.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma's John Mayberry completed 2008 with his 20th homer and a line of .263/.316/.474.  Lukewarm about adding the 2005 19th-overall pick to the 40-man roster, Texas would trade him for OF Greg Golson in November.  Kasey Kiker's ERA in Bakersfield ballooned from 4.18 to 4.73 in the last of three rough outings to end the season.  Clinton's Mitch Moreland finished at .324/.400/.536 and 18 homers.  Every team had a winning record except Bakersfield.

Today's Starters
AAA: John Lindblom
AA: Jerad Eickhoff
Hi-A: TBA (maybe Tyler Smith)
Lo-A: Kevin Pucetas
Short-A: Collin Wiles

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