The Farm Report -- 5/24/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 23 May

Tanner Scheppers will start for AA Frisco tonight.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Justin Germano / Brad Snyder, J.P. Arencibia
AA: Luke Jackson / Guilder Rodriguez, Pat Cantwell, Trever Adams
Hi-A: Jason Knapp / Chris Garia
Lo-A: Kevin Pucetas / Nick Vickerson, Joe Jackson

AAA: Round Rock 2, at Omaha (KAN) 3
Record: 23-24, -2.0

So I have to write about J.P. Arencibia now, do I?  Okay.  He homered and singled in his first AAA game.  Arencibia has a line of .266/.319/.529 in 223 AAA games, all but last night with high-octane Las Vegas in 2009-2010.

Brad Snyder didn't homer but connected for three singles, and catcher Brett Nicholas (.252/.342/.360) was 2-4 with a double.

Omaha scored the tying and go-ahead runs off Lisalverto Bonilla (5.40 ERA) in the 7th.  Justin Germano (3.14 ERA) allowed a run in six innings.

AA: at Frisco 13, Tulsa (COL) 0
Record: 28-19, +2.0

On 98 pitches, Luke Jackson (2.78 ERA) shut down the Drillers for seven innings on three hits, a walk and HBP.  Jackson struck out four.  He worked steadily in the low to mid-nineties and reached 98.  For the season, Jackson has fanned 24% of his opponents and allowed an opposing line of .189/.255/.279.

1B Trever Adams drove in six with a grand slam (his fifth homer), single and walk.  Catcher Pat Cantwell went 3-5 with a double to improve to .273/.353/.386 in May.  SS Guilder Rodriguez singled twice and walked twice, and CF Jake Skole (.208/.278/.333) added a single and double.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 2, at Carolina (CLE) 7
Record: 29-17, +4.5

Carolina touched Luis Parra (4.44 ERA0 for seven runs on eight hits and a walk in four innings.  Jason Knapp (1.38 ERA)touched 98 MPH and tossed three scoreless, hitless innings with two walks and one strikeout.  Abel de los Santos (4.05 ERA) produced his first 1-2-3 inning in Myrtle Beach and struck out two.

Joey Gallo returned to action but didn't put a ball in play, striking out three times and drawing a walk.  Chris Garia (.290/.355/.490) hit his first homer.

Low-A: at Hickory 3, Charleston (NYY) 6
Record: 22-24, -11.0
Cole Wiper (4.43 ERA) carried a no-hitter into the 4th but retired only three of his final ten batters, and he departed in the 5th with six runs on his ledger.  Wiper allowed six hits and three walks in 4.1 innings while striking out five. 

Knuckleballer Kevin Pucetas  made his season debut and shut out the RiverDogs for 4.2 innings.  The 29-year-old from nearby Spartanburg added the knuckler to his repertoire last summer, and Texas re-signed him in the offseason. 

DH Joe Jackson was 3-5 with a double, and 3B Nick Vickerson singled twice and walked.  Catcher Kellin Deglan (.246/.324/.377 in May) added a double and single.  Hickory stranded 12 and went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Mitch Moreland contributed his 8th homer, a double and walk to Bakersfield's losing effort.

Today's Starters
AAA: Chris Schwinden
AA: Tanner Scheppers
Hi-A: Sam Wolff
Lo-A: Chad Bell

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