The Farm Report -- 7/3/2014

If you have the CBS Sports Network, you can watch Myrtle Beach take on the Winston-Salem Dash at 6pm CDT tonight (weather permitting). 

Geovanny Soto will begin his rehab assignment on Friday at Round Rock, say local reports.  He's expected to rejoin Texas after the All-Star break.

I accidentally deleted an entire line of text in yesterday's report.  Contrary to what I awkwardly stated, I'm pretty sure Jorge Alfaro's brother isn't solely responsible for Texas's lack of funds in this year's international signing period.  Rather, Texas is limited because of what they spent last year.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 2 July

Stars of the Day
AAA: Germano, Bonilla / Rua
AA: Gonzalez, Lotzkar / Gallo, Herrera, Skole, Cantwell
Hi-A: Beck, Grayson
Lo-A: Slack, Monegro / Mazara, Brinson, Cordell
Short-A: Barnett, Hunter, Swanson, Parks / Tendler, Kiner-Falefa
Rookie: Ledbetter, Raffaele / Cardona, Quiroz

AAA: Round Rock 4, at New Orleans (MIA) 2
Record: 43-41, -1.5

3B Ryan Rua (.350/.435/.700 in 5 games) hit his second AAA homer and walked.  Rehabbing CF Engel Beltre (130/.167/.174 in 5 games) was 0-4.  Beltre can't be optioned; Texas can extend his injury assignment to 30 days, after which he must be recalled or waived. 

Despite lower velocity than I've seen lately, Neftali Feliz worked a clean 9th with one strikeout.  Lisalverto Bonilla (4.78 ERA) also fanned one in two scoreless innings, and starter Justin Germano (3.96 ERA) lasted six innings with two runs allowed.

CF Jared Hoying will represent the Express in the All-Star game between the Pacific Coast and International Leagues on Wednesday, July 14.

Luke Jackson is expected to make his home debut Saturday, if you're into that sort of thing. 

AA: Frisco 5, at Arkansas (LAA) 1

Record: 6-6, -2.5

After a couple of hit-packed starts, Chi Chi Gonzalez (4.05 ERA) allowed only two in four innings and surrendered a single run with two walks and two strikeouts.  Perhaps you're annoyed at Gonzalez's weeks-long short leash, but assuming a modest five innings per remaining start, he's still on pace for 140 regular-season innings plus at least one postseason outing.  That's plenty.

Joey Gallo (.297/.395/.703) doubled, singled and walked.  Both 2B Odubel Herrera and RF Jake Skole had two singles and a walk, and catcher Pat Cantwell (.234/.305/.283) reached on a doubled, walk and HBP.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 1, Winston-Salem (CHW) 5
Record: 8-5, +0.5
Video recap

A reasonably effective Victor Payano (4.84 ERA) allowed three runs in six innings on five hits, three walks and three strikeouts.  Myrtle Beach's league-best 3.35 ERA stands despite walking 66 more batters than any other team, and Payano's 62 are 20 more than anyone else.

RF Preston Beck (.278/.397/.448) doubled, walked and was hit by a pitch.  LF Chris Grayson (.283/.371/.394) was 3-5.

Low-A: Hickory 5, at West Virginia (PIT) 1
Record: 12-2, +1.0

Hickory hit five solo homers: Nomar Mazara, Lewis Brinson, Brinson again, Ryan Cordell, and Mazara again.  Brinson is batting a hefty .436/.500/1.026 with seven homers in ten games.  Mazara had finally cooled off recently, but his 12 homers are one shy of last year's total in 47 fewer games.  Cordell's was his seventh.

Cole Wiper (3.63 ERA) caused most of his own trouble -- walking four, hitting another and unleashing a wild pitch in four innings -- but only one scored, and he struck out three.  Ryne Slack (3 IP, 2 SO) and Jose Monegro (2 IP, 3 SO) held the Power scoreless.

Hickory has won 27 of 30.

Short-A: Spokane 1, at Eugene (SDG) 2 (12)

Record: 15-5, +3.0

An 11th-inning homer by Jalen Goree off Nick Dignacco felled Spokane, which otherwise limited the Emeralds to a run on five hits with 16 strikeouts.  Starter Andrew Barnett (5 IP, 8 SO), Darrell Hunter (2 IP, 3 SO), Erik Swanson (2 IP, 3 SO) and Adam Parks (2 IP, 1 SO) pitched admirably.

RF Luke Tendler (.333/.430/.530) drew three walks, and SS Isaiah Kiner-Falefa was 2-4 with a walk.

Rookie: at Rangers 6, AZL Giants 5 (11)
Record: 8-1, +3.5

2B Josh Morgan singled home Jose Cardona (who had also singled, and doubled earlier) in the 11th.  20th-round catcher Isaias Quiroz, a 17-year-old from New Jersey, reached on two walks and a single.  DH Jose Almonte (.242/.286/.333) walked twice and stole his first base.  Almonte hit .317/.370/.366 in 10 Dominican League games prior to entering the US. 

David Ledbetter pitched 5.2 scoreless relief innings with no walks and six strikeouts.  Jacob Raffaele allowed one runner in 2.1 innings, while starter Omarlin Lopez gave up six hits and four runs (two eanred) in three innings.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas signed 4th-rounder Andrew Doyle, a righthander from Oklahoma.  Doyle… well, he didn't work out.  Frisco's RF Mitch Moreland (.329/.371/.486) hit a solo shot in the 1st off rehabbing Kyle Lohse.

Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: Edwar Cabrera
Hi-A: Luis Parra
Lo-A: Akeem Bostick
Short-A: Nick Gardewine
Rookie: Joe Palumbo

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