The Farm Report -- 5/25/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 24 May

Stars of the Day
AAA: Michael Kirkman / Brett Nicholas, Josh Wilson
AA: Odubel Herrera
Hi-A: Alex Claudio / Joey Gallo, Nick Williams, Chris Grayson
Lo-A: Chad Bell / Travis Demeritte, Ryan Cordell

AAA: Round Rock 3, at Omaha (KAN) 9

Record: 23-25, -2.0

Ten batted and six scored against Chris Schwinden in the 1st.  Schwinden would last three more innings and allow two more runs.  Michael Kirkman fanned five in three scoreless frames.

Neftali Feliz allowed a homer to Melky Mesa in the 5th.  In his last three games, Feliz has yielded nine fly balls and four have reached the bleachers.  For the season, opponents are hitting .256/.319/.628 against Feliz.

DH Brett Nicholas (.266/.352/.378) went 3-4 with a double, and SS Josh Wilson hit a couple of solo homers.

AA: at Frisco 6, Springfield (STL) 8

Record: 28-20, +1.0

A rusty Tanner Scheppers retired three of five batters and threw 11 of 21 pitches for strikes in a one-inning outing.  Scheppers walked one, struck out one and allowed an unearned run.  His fastball ranged from 92 to 95 MPH.

2B Odubel Herrera (.341/.372/.463 in ten games) went 3-5 with a double.  Kyle Lotzkar (6.00 ERA) surrendered five runs in three innings.

Jake Skole can play center field.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 6, at Carolina (CLE) 2

Record: 30-17, +4.5

RF Nick Williams went 3-5, improving to .298/.346/.462.  Williams has played 21 games in center, 11 in left and four in right this season.  Previously, he'd spent over 80% of his time in left.  He isn't known for his instinctual defensive prowess, so this appears to be a test of what he (and others being shuttled around) can adapt to.

3B Joey Gallo walked twice and singled.  His home run rate of 1 per 11.1 plate appearances is the highest in Carolina League history since at least 1992 (for players with at least 250 plate appearances, which Gallo himself needs another 11-13 games to reach).  DH Chris Grayson singled twice and walked.

Sam Wolff allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks plus four strikeouts in four innings.  Wolff threw only 62 pitches, six days after making a three-batter appearance.  He's still on pace for 135 innings after throwing 123 between the University of New Mexico and Spokane last year. 

Alex Claudio (1.26 ERA) handled the last five innings with relative ease, striking out seven and allowing four hits and two walks.  In 35.2 innings, Claudio has walked just five and fanned 39. 

Low-A: at Hickory 7, Charleston (NYY) 3
Record: 23-24, -11.0

Ryan Cordell (.327/.377/.545) enjoyed his first four-hit day as a professional, falling a homer short of a cycle.  The Liberty University alum didn't hit as well as a rookie with short-season Spokane (.241/.322/.358) but stole 19 bases. 

2B Travis Demeritte (.228/.313/.469) reached on a single, two walks and HBP.  1B Ronald Guzman doubled and walked.

In his second appearance for Hickory, Chad Bell shut out the RiverDogs for five innings on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.  The 25-year-old is returning from Tommy John surgery; he made one brief, run-plagued appearance with Round Rock before joining the Crawdads.  Barring complications, I expect a fairly rapid climb back up the ladder.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
I misdated a report from five years ago, so my note on Mitch Moreland yesterday actually occurred five years ago today. So, let's travel back to 23 May 2009, when Michael Main successfully faced off against rehabbing Hiroki Kuroda, allowing a run on five hits in five innings.  The only Blaze batters to reach against Kuroda were OF Engel Beltre (HBP) and DH Mauro Gomez (double).

Today's Starters
AAA: Cory Burns
AA: Alec Asher
Hi-A: Chi Chi Gonzalez
Lo-A: Akeem Bostick

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