The Farm Report -- 7/4/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 3 July

Stars of the Day
AAA: Sardinas, Arencibia
AA: Cabrera / Gallo, Robinson
Hi-A: Parra, de los Santos / Williams
Lo-A: Bostick / Demeritte, Beras, Cordell
Short-A: Pinto, Trevino

AAA: Round Rock 9, at New Orleans (MIA) 7

Record: 44-41, -0.5

SS Luis Sardinas: 2-4, walk, stolen base, .300/.333/.500 in 4 games
1B J.P. Arencibia: 3-4, 11th homer, walk, .268/.313/.523
SP Ryan Feierabend: 6 innings, 5 runs, 4.54 ERA
RP Jon Edwards: 1 IP, 2 hits, 1 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Edwards was making his AAA debut.  Edwards began with a walk and two singles before striking out the next two and getting a liner to second. 

AA: Frisco 2, at Arkansas (LAA) 0

Record: 7-6, -1.5

3B Joey Gallo: 1-5, 3 strikeouts, 9th homer in AA and 30th overall, .291/.385/.709
RF Drew Robinson: 1-3, 7th homer
SP Edwar Cabrera: 8 inning, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, 3.07 ERA

Gallo broke up the tie in the 8th.  Barely one-third of his plate appearances have required fielders (aside from the catcher):
SO: 43%
BB: 12%
HR: 10%
HBP: 1%
Ball hit into play: 34%

Like I've said, the homers get the attention, but what matters developmentally is how the rest of his game progresses.  Comparing him to other hitters is difficult because he's unique statistically.

Robinson provided insurance in the 9th. He's one short of last year's home run total, but in other respects he's found the Texas League a real challenge.  He's not someone I foresee being protected on the 40-man roster this fall, but he won't turn 23 until next April.

Cabrera set season highs in innings and strikeouts.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 4, Winston-Salem (CHW) 1
Record: 9-5, +0.5
Video recap

LF Nick Williams: 2-3, 8th homer, walk, .316/.365/.506
SP Luis Parra: 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, 4.13 ERA
RP Abel de los Santos: 2 innings, 1 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

On national teevee, Nick Williams cranked a 1st-inning pitch opposing field well beyond the short porch in left.  Williams later walked, his fourth in 43 plate appearances off the DL.  That's close to a league-average rate, far above his typical production.  Obviously, it's a small sample, but it's worth watching.  To date, Williams' superior contact skills have covered for his pretty atrocious plate discipline.  In full-season leagues, Williams has 27 walks and 178 strikeouts.

The left-handed Parra calmly dispatched of the Dash with a fastball that runs in on righties, a looping curve and occasional change.

Low-A: Hickory 6, at West Virginia (PIT) 1
Record: 13-2, +2.0, 7-game win streak

LF Ryan Cordell: 2-5, 8th homer
2B Michael De Leon: 1-3, double, walk
LF Jairo Beras: 1-3, 4th homer
DH Travis Demeritte: 1-1, 3 walks
SP Akeem Bostick: 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 3.47 ERA

CF Lewis Brinson had his ankle taped during the game and departed early.  Brinson has already missed 41 of Hickory's 84 games with other leg issues.  The silver lining: substitute OF Jairo Beras (.246/.306/.344) cranked his fourth homer.  Beras has a seven-game hit streak.  Cordell (.335/.402/.578) has homered in three consecutive games.

Bostick hasn't allowed more than two runs since the end of May.  Opponents are hitting .163/.206/.207 in his last five starts.

Short-A: Spokane 1, at Eugene (SDG) 6
Record: 15-6, +2.0

DH Eduard Pinto: 1-2, 2 walks, .339/.429/.407
3B Jose Trevino: 2-4, 2 doubles, .317/.364/.573
SP Nick Gardewine: 3 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts
RP Shane McCain: 1.2 innings, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts

The free-agent righty McCain from Troy has a 1.08 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 8.1 innings.  McCain spent five years in college, one as a redshirt following shoulder surgery.

Rookie: suspended, wind

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Hickory's Joe Wieland walked none and struck out nine of 19 batters faced in five innings.  Spokane's 3B Tommy Mendonca hit his first professional double and home run.  Bakersfield's Joey Butler hit his 8th and 9th homers.

Today's Starters
AAA: Robbie Ross
AA: Alex Claudio
Hi-A: Chad Bell
Lo-A: Tyler Smith
Short-A: Richelson Pena
Rookie: TBA

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