The Farm Report -- 7/7/2014

Baseball America's midseason Top 50 prospects include 3B Joey Gallo at #4 and catcher Jorge Alfaro at #46.  They ranked 60th and 54th, respectively, in the preseason edition.  Preseason-ranked Rougned Odor (#42, now ineligible), Nick Williams (#97) and Michael Choice (#98) aren't listed.

Texas outfielder Jamie Jarmon, the 83rd-overall pick of the 2012 draft, has retired, per a team pres release.  20 years old as of two weeks ago, Jarmon played in 10 of Spokane first 17 games but didn't appear after the end of June.  In high school, Jarmon was Delaware's Player of the Year on the gridiron and quarterbacked his team to the state championship.  He'd committed to South Carolina.  Baseball America ranked him 133rd on its top 500, describing him as a good athlete but lacking in baseball instincts and raw on the field.  Texas signed him for slot money.

I can summarize my thoughts on Jarmon as follows:  He was a second-round pick, and I never even took a picture of him.  He was away from the fields during the week I visited in 2013, and this March he was usually relegated to substitute duty while I was there.  Aside from a brief sojourn to Myrtle Beach, where he struck out nine times in 12 plate appearances, Jarmon never played full-season ball.  He batted .167/.269/.224 in 91 professional games.

Remaining from the 2012 class are OF Lewis Brinson, 3B Joey Gallo, OF Nick Williams, SP Alec Asher, RP Keone Kela and several others.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Sunday 6 July

Stars of the Day
AAA: Bonilla
AA: none
Hi-A: Faulkner, Sprenger, Leclerc / Garia, Bostick, Alfaro
Lo-A: Slack / Guzman
Short-A: Garrett, Swanson / Spivey, Tendler, Cone, Vivili
Rookie: Ortiz, Palmquist, Kaminska / Morgan, Cardona, Stephens

AAA: at Round Rock 6, Nashville (MIL) 10

Record: 45-43, -1.5

SP Scott Richmond: 2.1 innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts, 7.46 ERA
RP Jon Edwards: 1.2 innings, 4 runners, 1 run, 2 strikeouts
RP Lisalverto Bonilla: 3 innings, 4 runners, 1 run, 1 strikeout, 4.63 ERA
3B Ryan Rua: 1-3, double, walk, .265/.342/.500 in nine AAA games

Richmond spot-started for Phil Irwin, who might be needed in Arlington soon.  The hard-throwing Edwards has tended to be slow to adjust to each level and is prone to wildness, so we'll have to be patient.  Rehabbing Engel Beltre is 3-for-35 with a double and walk.

AA: Frisco 0, at NW Arkansas (KAN) 3
Record: 8-8, -2.5, 48-37 overall, 1st-half champion

SP Jerad Eickhoff: 6 innings, 8 hits, 3 runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts, 4.17 ERA
RP: Will Lamb: 1 scoreless inning
RF Drew Robinson: 2-4, .204/.293/.360

Eickhoff has pitched a bit better than his 4.17 ERA would indicate, but in terms of peripheral stats, his weakness has been homers.  He's allowed 12 in 95 innings, four more than the league-average rate. 

High-A: Myrtle Beach 2, at Potomac (WAS) 0
Record: 11-7, +1.0, 55-31 overall, 1st-half champion

SP Andrew Faulkner: 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 2.22 ERA
RP Justin Sprenger: 2.2 scoreless innings
RP Jose Leclerc: 1.1 scoreless innings, 3 strikeouts, 2.00 ERA
CF Chris Garia: 4-5, 28th steal, .304/.371/.431
2B Christopher Bostick: 1-4, double, walk, 13th steal, .237/.312/.370
C Jorge Alfaro: 2-4, double, walk, 264/.325/.434

Three pitchers combined to allow just six runners.  Particularly encouraging was Leclerc, who fanned three of four batters faced and produced his third straight walk-free outing.  In the previous 11 appearances, he walked or hit 20 of 80 batters, an alarming 25% rate.

Low-A: at Hickory 2, Savannah (NYM) 8

Record: 13-5, tied for 1st, 54-33 overall

SP Ricardo Rodriguez: 5 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts, 2 HBPs, 3.48 ERA
RP Ryne Slack: 3 innings, 5 runners, 1 run, 4 strikeouts, 3.46 ERA
1B Ronald Guzman: 2-3, walk

Hickory lost three straight for the first time since May 8-10.  Guzman was one of the few who didn't personally benefit from Hickory's 27-3 run: he batted .208/.291/.347, roughly equal to his year-long production.

Short-A: at Spokane 9, Vancouver (TOR) 3

Record: 17-7, +3.0

SP Reed Garrett: 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 3.65 ERA
RP Ryan Ledbetter: 1 scoreless inning, 2 strikeouts
RP Erik Swanson: 2 scoreless innings
2B Seth Spivey: 3-5, 1st homer, .348/.419/.455
RF Luke Tendler: 3-5, double, 3rd homer
CF Zach Cone: 1-2, triple, 2 walks, 3rd steal, .182/.345/.348
1B Fernando Vivili: 1-4, 2nd homer

Spokane already has a +47 run differential, more than two per game.  Five regulars are batting .300 -- Spivey, Tendler, Isaiah Kiner-Falefa, Jose Trevino and Marcus Greene -- and Eduard Pinto comes in at .296.

Rookie: at Rangers 7, Cubs 5
Record: 11-1, +5.5

SP Luis Ortiz: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
RP Omarlin Lopez, 1.2 innings, 4 runners, 4 unearned runs
RP Cody Palmquist: 2 scoreless innings
RP Patrick Kaminska: 2 scoreless innings
DH Josh Morgan: 1-2, 2 walks, .370/.491/.413
CF Jose Cardona: 2-3, walk, 4th and 5th steals
1B Zach Stephens: 2-3, walk

Texas's top pick made his pro debut.  Per eyewitness Jay Hashop (@sevenfuturehit on Twitter), Ortiz offered a 91-94 MPH fastball and 84-85 slider.  Palmquist, Texas's 30th rounder, ran 85-87 on the heater with a 67-70 curve.  The 18-year-old Morgan isn't offering at the oft-wild rookie-league competition, drawing seven walks against just four strikeouts in 12 games.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Kasey Kiker nearly pitched a seven-inning no-hitter, losing it on a Mark Trumbo double.  Mitch Moreland and Johnny Whittleman homered in the 10-0 victory.

Today's Starters
AAA: Justin Germano
AA: Chi Chi Gonzalez
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Cole Wiper
Short-A: off
Rookie: TBA

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