The Farm Report -- 7/13/2014

The Futures Game will show on the MLB Network at 4pm CDT.  3B Joey Gallo and C Jorge Alfaro will participate.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 12 July

Stars of the Day
AAA: none
AA: Eickhoff
Hi-A: Beck
Lo-A: Wiper, Slack / Mazara, Beck, Castro
Short-A: Garrett, Perez / Spivey, Tendler, Trevino
Rookie: Palumbo / Morgan, Caraballo

AAA: Round Rock 3, at Nashville (MIL) 5
Record: 47-47, -2.5

SP Justin Germano: 8 innings, 5 runs, 4.31 ERA

The exemplar of nondescript AAA games.  Luis Sardinas (1-4) is hitting .278/.304/.407 in 12 games.

AA: at Frisco 6, Corpus Christi (HOU) 2

Record: 11-10, -3.0

SP Jerad Eickhoff: 7 innings, 3 hits (1 HR), 2 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, 4.06 ERA
RP Keone Kela: 1.1 scoreless innings, 1 hit, 1 strikeout
1B Jim Adduci: 2-3
DH Geovanny Soto: 2-3, double, walk
SS Hanser Alberto: 2-4

Eickhoff has a 3.00 ERA in his last six starts, although his tendency remains to give up runners and runs late:
Innings 1-3: 3.35 ERA, .290 OBP
Innings 4-5: 4.50 ERA, .319 OBP
Innings 6-7: 10.64 ERA, .452 OBP

Adduci has four hits in three rehab games.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 8, Lynchburg (ATL) 6
Record: 14-10, -1.0
Video Recap

SP Victor Payano: 5 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, 5.10 ERA
RP Cody Buckel: 1.2 innings, 5 runners, 2 runs, 3 strikeouts
RP Jose Leclerc: 1 scoreless innings, 2 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout
1B Preston Beck: 2-3, double, walk, HBP, .262/.377/.430
2B Christopher Bostick: 2-4, double, .243/.316/.384

Payano has been amazingly consistent, issuing more walks than strikeouts in every month.  The sometimes control-impaired LeClerc has five consecutive walk-free outings.

The Pelicans turned a 5-4-3 triple play: Luis Mendez to Christopher Bostick to Preston Beck.

Low-A: Hickory 8, at Rome (ATL) 1
Record: 15-9, -1.0

SP Cole Wiper: 6 innings, 4 walks, 1 run, 4 hits, 5 strikeouts, 3.83 ERA
RP Ryne Slack: 3 scoreless inning, 1 runner, 1 strikeout, 3.14 ERA
RF Nomar Mazara: 1-3, 13th homer, 2 walks
DH Jairo Beras: 4-5, double
3B Janluis Castro: 3-4, double, walk

I estimate Mazara's homer at 420 feet.  Beras collected his first four-hit game and is hitting .380/.418/.608 in the last 30 days.  Up until the last month, he was hitting .188/.258/.218.  A trustworthy eyewitness tells me his load and swing is much less noisy.

Short-A: Spokane 7, at Tri-City (COL) 3
Record: 21-8, +4.0, magic number 6

SP Reed Garrett: 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 run, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts, 3.82 ERA
RP David Perez: 2 scoreless innings, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 0.00 ERA
LF Eduard Pinto: 2-5, double
2B Seth Spivey: 3-5, double
DH Jose Trevino: 2-5, 6th homer
RF Luke Tendler: 2-4, walk

The four hitters listed are the top four in the order, in order.  Despite three walks, Perez maintained his flawless ERA.  Opposing hitters are .034/.263/.034 against him; he's allowed one hit and walked or plunked nine.

Rookie: at Rangers 4, Indians 5

Record: 13-3, +6.0, magic number 6

SP Frank Lopez: 1 inning, 1 run
RP Joe Palumbo: 4 innings, 0 hits, 1 run. 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1.69 ERA
2B Josh Morgan: 1-3, 2 walks, .328/.453/.361
LF Oliver Caraballo: 2-3, double, walk, .371/.452/.600

Out since mid-May, Hickory's Lopez made his first rehab appearance.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Fastball velocity by Neftali Feliz in the Futures Game.

Today's Starters
AAA: Phi Irwin
AA: Chi Chi Gonzalez
Hi-A: Luis Parra
Lo-A: Akeem Bostick
Short-A: Andrew Barnett
Rookie: Brett Martin

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