The Farm Report -- 5/11/2014

I'd make a terrible opinion columnist because I'd condense Tim Cowlishaw's 747-word column on Martin Perez's recent struggles to four words: "It's a long season." 

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 10 May

Stars of the Day
AAA: Jared Hoying
AA: Edwar Cabrera / Jake Skole, Tomas Telis
Hi-A: Joey Gallo
Lo-A: Frank Lopez, Cody Kendall / Ronald Guzman

AAA: Round Rock 1, at Memphis (STL) 13
Record: 18-17, -1.5

Memphis's prospect-heavy lineup reached safely 20 times, led by two homers from DH Steven Piscotty.  Ryan Feierabend (4.63 ERA) allowed six runs in six innings but at least chewed up some innings following two consecutive "bullpen starts" caused by the call-ups of Scott Baker and Justin Germano.  Randy Henry's ERA ballooned to 9.00 after allowing five runs while retiring only two batters.  The eighth homer from CF Jared Hoying (.227/.268/.513) provided the only respite.

AA: at Frisco 1, Corpus Christi (HOU) 5

Record: 22-13, +1.0

Joe Saunders extended to 5.1 innings and 84 pitches, giving up four runs on seven hits, a walk and two strikeouts.  Edwar Cabrera yielded a run on five hits over the last three innings.

Both CF Jake Skole (.205/.268/.307) and DH Tomas Telis (.352/.405/.493) collected two hits and a walk; one of Skole's hits was a double.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 5, at Potomac (WAS) 6

Record: 21-13, +2.0

3B Joey Gallo (.320/.418/.712) hit his 13th homer and singled, while catcher Jorge Alfaro (.298/.351/.468) extended his solid form by reaching on a single and walk.

Andrew Faulkner struck out a season-low two and allowed a season-high eight hits. Still, only three runs scored during his six innings.  Cody Buckel issued three walks to three batters and was replaced.

Low-A: at Hickory 3, Augusta (SFO) 0
Record: 15-19, -11.5

Frank Lopez retired his first 15 batters and settled for seven shutout innings with just two hits, no walks, and a career-high nine strikeouts.  Per writer Nathaniel Stoltz, the 20-year-old Lopez ranged from 89-91 MPH with his fastball plus a 73-79 curve and 82-85 changeup.  As you might guess, his command was impeccable.  Lopez now has over 100 low-A innings to his credit and ought to be a candidate for promotion in the not-too-distant future.   He's always kept the ball in the yard and has fanned 27% of opposing hitters. 

Cody Kendall (1.06 ERA) whiffed three and permitted a single over the final two innings.

Ronald Guzman's bases-loaded single in the 8th plated two.  Guzman (.250/.310/.326) also walked twice.  Isaiah Kiner-Falefa (.182/.262/.182) recorded his third two-hit game in four days.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
OF Joey Butler went 2-4 with a double for high-A Bakersfield.  The Cardinals recently recalled him from AAA Memphis, where he'd batted .360/.481/.547, as a backup outfielder and right-handed pinch hitter.

Today's Starters
AAA: Nick Tepesch
AA: Jerad Eickhoff
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Cole Wiper

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