The Farm Report -- 7/8/2014

My Position Players of the Month for the third full month of the season (3 June through 2 July), based on stats, position, age, level, and prospect status.

1. OF Jared Hoying (Age 25.1), AAA -- .356/.452/.655, 5 HR, 13 XBH,5 SB, 14% BB,20% SO
In his fourth full season, Hoying already has a career high in homers (15) and is on pace to obliterate his prior counting stats.  Hoying has never hit for a high average outside of short-season and swings through plenty of pitches.  He's not out of his depth in center field.

2. 3B Joey Gallo (20.6), Hi-A and AA -- .291/.385/.709, 9 HR, 15 XBH,0 SB, 12% BB,43% SO
Gallo is striking out at a high rate even by his lofty standards but is otherwise treating the Texas League like any other level. 

3. OF Lewis Brinson (20.1), Lo-A -- .431/.515/.897, 7 HR, 12 XBH,2 SB, 13% BB,21% SO
Brinson missed nearly half the slate of games but played at top level.  Much like Gallo, his strikeout rate is a concern, but he's cut his rate from 37% last year to a reasonable 24%.

4. OF Preston Beck (23.6), Hi-A -- .307/.451/.557, 4 HR, 14 XBH,2 SB, 19% BB,14% SO
5. C Kellin Deglan (22.1), Lo-A -- .315/.390/.699, 8 HR, 12 XBH,1 SB, 10% BB,22% SO
6. OF Nomar Mazara (19.1), Lo-A -- .276/.381/.510, 5 HR, 12 XBH,0 SB, 14% BB,23% SO
7. OF Ryan Cordell (22.2), Lo-A -- .349/.432/.566, 4 HR, 9 XBH,11 SB, 10% BB,14% SO
8. OF Jairo Beras (18.5), Lo-A -- .338/.391/.550, 4 HR, 9 XBH,1 SB, 8% BB,26% SO
9. 2B Odubel Herrera (22.5), AA -- .383/.420/.457, 0 HR, 6 XBH,5 SB, 6% BB,16% SO
10. 2B/3B Travis Demeritte (19.7), Lo-A -- .266/.400/.531, 4 HR, 9 XBH,1 SB, 16% BB,28% SO

Starting Pitchers of the Month:
1. Akeem Bostick (Age 19.1), Lo-A -- 26.3 IP, 1.03 ERA, 3.17 FIP, 1.0% HR, 5% BB+HBP, 21% SO
Bostick held opponents to a .163/.206/.207 line and walked only four of 97 batters.  He isn't a flamethrower by today's standards but has the body to add some oomph.  Also throws a curve, slider and change.

2. Phil Irwin (26.1), AAA -- 29.3 IP, 1.23 ERA, 3.17 FIP, 0.0% HR, 16% BB+HBP, 28% SO
Irwin was brilliant aside from dubious control.  In past years, he's avoided walks while still hitting plenty of batters.  Irwin has a great curve and ordinary fastball and change. 

3. Alec Asher (22.7), AA -- 28.0 IP, 1.93 ERA, 2.30 FIP, 1.8% HR, 2% BB+HBP, 23% SO
Never terribly walk-prone, Asher achieved peak control last month while missing bats at his highest rate. 

4. Andrew Faulkner (21.8), Hi-A -- 25.0 IP, 2.52 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 0.0% HR, 8% BB+HBP, 21% SO
5. Ricardo Rodriguez (21.8), Lo-A -- 30.0 IP, 2.10 ERA, 3.43 FIP, 0.8% HR, 6% BB+HBP, 17% SO
6. Chi Chi Gonzalez (22.4), AA -- 20.0 IP, 4.05 ERA, 2.27 FIP, 0.0% HR, 6% BB+HBP, 17% SO
7. Miles Mikolas  (25.8), AAA -- 27.7 IP, 4.23 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 2.4% HR, 2% BB+HBP, 19% SO
8. Luis Parra (22.6), Hi-A -- 29.0 IP, 2.48 ERA, 4.58 FIP, 2.6% HR, 8% BB+HBP, 16% SO

Relievers of the Month:
1. Cody Kendall (24.5), Lo-A -- 14.0 IP, 1.29 ERA, 2.48 FIP, 0.0% HR, 7% BB+HBP, 25% SO
2. Lisalverto Bonilla (24.0), AAA -- 13.0 IP, 3.46 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 1.9% HR, 11% BB+HBP, 36% SO
3. Jose Valdespina (22.2), Lo-A -- 11.3 IP, 1.59 ERA, 2.66 FIP, 0.0% HR, 7% BB+HBP, 22% SO
4. Keone Kela (21.2), AA -- 6.7 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.37 FIP, 0.0% HR, 13% BB+HBP, 42% SO

Baseball Prospectus also released its midseason top 50 prospect list:
13. 3B Joey Gallo (#4 by Baseball America)
25. C Jorge Alfaro (#46 by BA)
46. OF Nick Williams
49. Chi Chi Gonzalez

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 7 July

Stars of the Day
AAA: Adcock, Rua, Lillibridge
AA: Gonzalez / Gallo, Robinson, Adams, Skole
Hi-A: Pucetas / Bolinger
Lo-A: Carvallo / Demeritte
Rookie: Wynn, Palumbo, Ledbetter / Cardona

AAA: at Round Rock 4, Colorado Springs (COL) 6

Record: 45-44, -1.5

SP Justin Germano: 6 innings, 5 runs, 4.19 ERA
RP Nate Adcock: 3 innings, 1 run, 3.00 ERA
3B Ryan Rua: 1-4, 3rd homer, .263/.333/.533
2B Brent Lillibridge: 2-1 7th homer, 2 walks
RF Engel Beltre: 2-5, .125/.167/.150

Rua has three homers in ten games at AAA, in which he started seven games at third, two at second and one in left field.

AA: Frisco 6, at NW Arkansas (KAN) 1
Record: 9-8, -1.5

SP Chi Chi Gonzalez: 5.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 3.55 ERA
1B Joey Gallo: 2-4, double, 10th homer in Frisco
3B Drew Robinson: 1-3, 8th homer
LF Trever Adams: 1-4, 9th homer
CF Jake Skole: 2-3, double, walk

I measured Gallo's 31st homer at 448 feet via Google Earth. Last night marked his career debut at first base.  I wouldn't read much into it.  Certainly don't take it as a sign that he's imminently moving off third, where his defense has improved considerably.  Robinson led off the game with a long ball, and Adams soon followed suit. 

In the couple of innings I watched, Gonzalez was sharper than my viewing in Corpus Christi, not that he was terrible then.  He appeared to have a little better late movement on his fastball, and some sliders had opponents flailing. 

High-A: Myrtle Beach 2, at Winston-Salem (CHW) 6
Record: 11-8, +1.0

SP Victor Payano: 4.2 IP 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts, 5.20 ERA
RP Kevin Pucetas: 2.1 scoreless innings, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts
RF Royce Bolinger: 2-4, 2 doubles

Bolinger (.294/.348/.429) rejoined the Pelicans on the 4th following a month lost to a knee injury.  Texas just bumped Pucetas up to Myrtle Beach.  Jorge Alfaro committed his 10th error behind the dish and has 18 passed balls.  His defense continues to progress slowly.

Low-A: at Hickory 2, Lexington (KAN) 9
Record: 13-6, tied for 1st

SP Cole Wiper: 4.1 innings, 7 hits, 7 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 4.01 ERA
RP Felix Carvallo: 2.2 scoreless innings, 5 runners, 4 strikeouts, 4.10 ERA
RP Scott Williams: 1 inning, 3 runners, 2 runs
DH Travis Demeritte: 1-4, 18th homer, .235/.331/.506

Williams is Texas's 11th-rounder, making his professional debut in low-A.  The 20-year-old pitched for the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, a name I hope to avoid typing again.  Per Baseball America, Williams ranged from 91-94 and touched 96 with his fastball and offered a mid-80s slider.  He was strictly a reliever and didn't throw much last season.

Short-A: off

Rookie: at Rangers 3, Dodgers 1
Record: 12-1, +6.5

SP Sterling Wynn: 3 innings, 5 runners, 0 runs, 4 strikeouts, 4.91 ERA
RP Joe Palumbo: 3 innings, 2 runners, 0 runs, 5 strikeouts
RP David Ledbetter: 2 innings, 1 runners, 0 runs, 0 strikeouts
CF Jose Cardona: 1-3, walk 6th and 7th steals

The lefty Wynn pitched at McClennan Community College and was originally drafted by Texas out of high school in 2012.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Newly optioned Chris Davis, playing 3B with Justin Smoak at first, led a 12-2 victory with a single, double, triple and walk.  Neftali Feliz threw a scoreless 9th.

Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: off
Hi-A: Luis Parra
Lo-A: Akeem Bostick
Short-A: Andrew Barnett
Rookie: Brett Martin

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Scott Lucas
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Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

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