The Farm Report -- 7/10/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Wednesday 9 July

Stars of the Day
AAA: Klein / Arencibia
AA: Telis, Martinez
Hi-A: Bores / Garia, Williams, Bostick, Brinson
Lo-A: Slack, Kaminska / De Leon, Cordell, Degla, Demeritte, Guzman, Castro
Short-A: Pettibone / Greene

AAA: at Round Rock 4, Colorado Springs (COL) 12

Record: 46-45, -1.5

SP Robbie Ross: 2.2 innings, 8 hits, 9 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, 10.54 ERA
RP Phil Klein: 2.1 scoreless innings, 3 runners, 2 strikeouts
RP Jimmy Reyes: 2 innings, 4 runners, 2 runs, 1 strikeout
RP Jon Edwards: 2 innings, 3 runners, 1 run, 5 strikeouts
1B J.P. Arencibia: 1-3, 12th homer

I think, or at least hope, we've reached the nadir of Robbie Ross's professional career.  Ross's only previous tribulation was his 2010 second-half promotion to high-A Bakersfield, where, in addition to having to spend the summer in Bakersfield, he was singled to death en route to a 5.37 ERA.  Even there he produced his customarily fine peripherals.

Lefty Jimmy Reyes made his belated AAA debut.  Reyes was named to the staff in April, at least on paper, only to be shipped back to Frisco on Opening Day.

AA: at Frisco 4, Corpus Christi (HOU) 3

Record: 10-8, -1.0

SP Edwar Cabrera: 6.1 innings, 8 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 3.14 ERA
RP Will Lamb: 1.2 scoreless innings, 3 runners, 1 strikeout
DH Tomas Telis: 2-3, walk, .296/.332/.399
LF Teodoro Martinez: 2-3, double, .268/.313/.353

The win.  Baseball's stupidest statistic.  Lamb didn't allow a run of his own, but a double against him plated two inherited runners and put the Hooks ahead.  Frisco immediately retook the lead, so Lamb "earned" the win.  If Lamb doesn't allow that double, he gets nothing.  The "win" in this case is predicated on failure. 

(Sorry to pick on your man, Lamb fans.)

High-A: Myrtle Beach 12, at Winston-Salem (CHW) 3
Record: 12-9, tied for 1st

SP Chad Bell: 5 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 3.70 ERA
RP Ryan Bores: 3 scoreless innings, 3 runners, 0 runs, 1 strikeout
LF Chris Garia: 3-6, 29th steal
2B Christopher Bostick: 3-5, double, triple, walk
RF Nick Williams: 4-5, 2 doubles, triple, walk
CF Lewis Brinson: 2-6, double

Brinson doubled and singled in his high-A debut.  As to the outfield assignments, Brinson has never started on a corner, so the speedier Garia manned left and Williams moved to right.  Bostick has a badly needed nine-game hit streak and .333/.400/.528 line in July following a .163/.198/.196 June. 

Low-A: at Hickory 7, Lexington (KAN) 10 (14)
Record: 13-8, -1.0

SP Tyler Smith: 5.2 innings, 10 hits, 6 runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts, 3.62 ERA
RP Ryne Slack: 2.1 scoreless innings, 1 runner, 4 strikeouts
RP Patrick Kaminska: 3 innings, 5 runners, 1 run, 4 strikeouts
SS Michael De Leon: 2-7, double, walk, .225/.276/.280
RF Ryan Cordell: 3-5, double, 2 walks, .333/.404/.561
C Kellin Deglan: 1-5, 14th homer, 2 walks
3B Travis Demeritte: 1-4, 3 walks
1B Ronald Guzman: 1-7, 4th homer, .221/.297/.343
2B/RP: Janluis Castro: 3-6, double, walk, also struck out only batter faced

Infielder Janluis Castro has pitched on consecutive days, which I'm 99% sure I've never seen before.  Not even quasi-two-way player Jeff Francoeur has appeared in two straight for the AAA Chihuahuas. 

Kaminska is by my count the second 2014 signing (along with 11th-round RHP Scott Williams) to reach full-season ball.  The free-agent sinker-slider righty rebounded from shoulder and elbow injuries as a senior in college but slid through the draft. 

Deglan has seven homers in his last 12 games (.265/.333/.714).  Demeritte has an 11% walk rate (good) vs. a 33% K rate (not). 

Short-A: at Spokane 1, Tri-City (COL) 3
Record: 18-8, +3.0

SP Nick Gardewine: 2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 3.81 ERA
RP Austin Pettibone: 3 scoreless innings, 2 runners, 1 strikeout, 1.29 ERA
C Marcus Greene: 1-3, 2nd homer

Gardewine took a liner off his hip in the 2nd and was replaced after the inning for precautionary reasons.

Rookie: off

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Baseball America released its Top 50 midseason prospects into the wild: Justin Smoak ranked 4th, Netali Feliz 13th, and Martin Perez stood somewhere in the 26-50 range. 

Today's Starters
AAA: Luke Jackson
AA: Alex Claudio
Hi-A: Martire Garcia
Lo-A: Angelo Leclerc
Short-A: Richelson Pena
Rookie: TBA

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