The Farm Report -- 7/6/2014

Texas 1st-round RHP Luis Ortiz is expected to make his pro debut with the rookies this evening.

Video of Luke Jackson from yesterday's start at Round Rock, including strikeouts on a fastball, curve and change.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 5 July

Stars of the Day
AAA: Klein, Kirkman, Rowen / Hoying
AA: Adams, Skole
Hi-A: Knapp, Garcia / Garia, Beck
Lo-A: Leclerc, Monegro / Van Hoosier, Cordell
Short-A: Perez / Tendler
Rookie: Green / Arroyo, Almonte

AAA: at Round Rock 4, Nashville (MIL) 3
Record: 45-42, -0.5

SP Luke Jackson: 4 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
RP Michael Kirkman: 2 scoreless innings, 2 strikeouts
RP Phil Klein: 2 scoreless innings, 4 strikeouts
RP Ben Rowen: 1 scoreless inning, 3rd save
CF Jared Hoying 3-4, double

In his home debut, Jackson flashed the stuff that makes him one of Texas's best prospects, and he also showed what remains in the development process.  Jackson's fastball ran from 92-98, mostly the 94-97 range.  It's hot enough to miss plenty of bats, but his forceful delivery leads to a wide range and quality of locations.  Jackson controlled his 80-84 curve well but had less feel for his changeup, which ranged from 84-89.  A few were solid, while other ran in belt high, almost like a soft cutter.  He missed bats with all three pitches.

Jackson retired his first seven despite middling control, but in the third a leadoff walk and grounded single were followed by a Matt Pagnozzi homer on a fastball that was better located than several offered by Jackson to that point.  Nashville batted around that inning, but Jackson avoided disaster by striking out Matt Clark and getting a groundout to leave the bases loaded.  He expended 78 pitches in four innings.

A slider-heavy Michael Kirkman cared for the next two innings, and Phil Klein (fastball 90-94, slider 83-87) struck out four of eight batters faced despite an umpire suddenly in the mood to squeeze.

A rehabbing Geovanny Soto struck out twice and grounded out to 3B Pete Orr. 

AA: Frisco 3, at NW Arkansas (KAN) 7
Record: 8-7, -1.5

SP Alec Asher: 7 innings, 7 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 3.44 ERA
1B Trever Adams: 2-4, double, .277/.327/.445
CF Jake Skole: 2-4, double, 230/.308/.330
3B Joey Gallo: 1-3, walk, 302/.400/.686

Asher's peripherals were fine, but six of his eight baserunners scored.  The one walk was intentional, after which Orlando Calixte homered.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 6, at Potomac (WAS) 11 (completion of suspended game)

High-A: Myrtle Beach 0, at Potomac (WAS) 1 (8)
Record: 10-7, tied for 1st

RP Ryan Bores (G1): 2.1 innings, 7 runs (4 earned)
SP Jason Knapp (G2): 4 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts, 2.78 ERA
RP Martire Garcia (G2): 3.1 innings, 1 run, 3 strikeouts
CF Chris Garia: 3-8, walk
C /1B Jorge Alfaro: 2-7, double, walk
1B/DH: Preston Beck: 1-6, 7th homer, walk

The Pelicans didn't score in the last five innings of the first game nor in Game 2.  The hard-throwing Knapp set a season high for strikeouts.  After a horribly walk-prone May, Knapp has walked just four of his last 76 opponents.

Low-A: at Hickory 1, Savannah (NYM) 2

Record: 13-4, +1.0

SP Angelo Leclerc: 5 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 2.87 ERA
RP Jose Monegro: 3 scoreless innings, 3 strikeouts, 1.80 ERA
CF Evan Van Hoosier: 3-4, .278/.368/.464
1B Ryan Cordell: 3-4, double, .343/.409/.586

Cordell made his second career appearance at first. 

Short-A: at Spokane 1, Vancouver (TOR) 5

Record: 16-7, +2.0

SP Derek Thompson: 5 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 5.25 ERA
RP David Perez: 2 scoreless innings, 2 strikeouts
RF Luke Tendler: 2-4, double, .329/.435/.513

Opponents are hitting .043/.241/.043 against Perez in seven innings.  The tall, injury-plagued righty

Rookie: Rangers 4, at Angels 3
Record: 10-1, +4.5

SP Nick Green: 3 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 0.00 ERA
RP Luke Lanphere: 3 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 3.21 ERA
RF Jose Almonte: 2-3, walk, 3rd steal
LF Carlos Arroyo: 2-4, walk

The 17-year-old Almonte (.275/.326/.350) was among Texas's prize signings from the 2013 period.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
1B Chris Davis was optioned to AAA with a line of .202/.256/.415, 15 homers and a 41% strikeout rate.  He became a teammate of Justin Smoak, who singled and struck out twice in his AAA debut.  At that moment, Oklahoma City had three first basemen, only two
true outfielders, and 13 pitchers versus 11 position players.  AAA rosters: perpetually awkward.

Mike Trout made his pro debut against the rookie-league Rangers with a triple, single and four walks.

Today's Starters
AAA: Phil Irwin
AA: Jerad Eickhoff
Hi-A: Andrew Faulkner
Lo-A: Ricardo Rodriguez
Short-A: Reed Garrett
Rookie: TBA

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