The Farm Report -- 4/17/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 16 April

Stars of the Day
AAA: Scott Baker / Brett Nicholas, Brent Lillibridge, Brad Snyder
Hi-A: Sam Stafford, Chi Chi Gonzalez / Royce Bolinger, Chris Garia, Odubel Herrera
Lo-A: Tyler Smith, Cody Kendall, Abel de los Santos / Lewis Brinson

AAA: Round Rock 8, at Omaha 2
Record: 8-5, tied for 1st

Neftali Feliz walked and hit and batter while fanning two in a scoreless 9th.  Both strikeouts came on changeups.  Omaha SS Jason Donald missed a 315-foot three-run homer off Feliz by a few feet.  RF Brad Snyder reached over the wall just foul-side of the pole to nab the final out.  I heard only two speeds on the broadcast: a 92 fastball and 86 change.  The temperature had dipped to 39 with 20 MPH winds when Feliz took the mound.

Scott Baker (2.84 ERA) struck out six and allowed two runs in seven innings.

1B Brett Nicholas hit his third homer and singled.  Also homering: CF Brent Lillibridge (1) and Brad Snyder (3).  Lillibridge walked twice, leaving Myrtle Beach's Hanser Alberto as Texas's leader in plate appearances without a walk with 33.

AA: off

Frisco has allowed a league-low 3.0 runs per game, and  Ryan Rua (.367/.486/.567) has the second-best OPS.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 3, Potomac 7 (completion of Tuesday game)
High-A: at Myrtle Beach 1, Potomac 3 (7)
Record: 7-6, -1.0

Sam Stafford retook the mound after recording one out Tuesday and pitched another four scoreless innings with a walk and four strikeouts.  Royce Bolinger (.314/.325/.421) added a single and walk to his Tuesday homer.  LF Odubel Herrera (2-4, BB, 5th SB) and CF Chris Garia (2-5, 3B, 5th SB) were the other major contributors. 

Chi Chi Gonzalez (3.60 ERA) walked none and struck out eight in the nightcap, allowing two runs on a homer and six other hits in six innings.  After missing a couple of days with a tight quad, CF Nick Williams (.220/.319/.293) went 2-3 in the second game. 

Myrtle Beach is 0-6 at home and 7-0 on the road.

Low-A: at Hickory 3, Kannapolis 4 (12)
Record: 6-8, -3.5

Kids these days.  Representing the game-winning run in the 9th, 2B Travis Demeritte was picked off second base by the catcher.  In the 12th, 3B Juremi Profar hesitated at length after fielder a grounder, then threw errantly to first, allowing the leadoff hitter to reach second and eventually score the winning run.

Tyler Smith (4 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO), Cody Kendall (2 IP, 1 BB, 4 SO) and Abel de los Santos (2 IP, 0 BB, 4 SO) pitched well in relief.  Starter Akeem Bostick (5.27 ERA) allowed three runs on two homers, walked two and struck out six in four innings.

Lewis Brinson was 2-4 with an HBP.  Brinson has a 31% strikeout rate, well above the league average but below last year's 38%.  Brinson struck out more often than Joey Gallo last year.  In the Majors, strikeouts aren't of great concern as long as other measurements of production are solid  Shin-Soo Choo, for example, fans in 21% of his plate appearances compared to a league average of 17-20%, but he's reaching base at a .400 clip, so who cares.  Brinson's highly inflated strikeout rate matters because it raises concern about his (in)ability to make contact as he faces better pitching at higher levels. 

Kannapolis 2B Tyler Shryock committed four errors, all with the glove.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma City sent 17 men to the plate in the 5th and scored 12.  13 consecutive batters reached with two out.  Martin Perez fanned six but allowed three runs in four innings for low-A Hickory.

Today's Starters
AAA: Michael Kirkman
AA: Nick Martinez
Hi-A: Sam Wolff
Lo-A: David Ledbetter

 

 
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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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