The Farm Report -- 7/14/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Sunday 13 July

Stars of the Day
Futures Game: Gallo, Alfaro
AAA: Kirkman, Klein / Choice, Petersen, Nicholas
AA: Gonzalez, Hamren / Herrera, Grayson, Skole, Alberto
Hi-A: Ege, Bores / Garia, Brinson
Lo-A: Guzman
Short-A: Barnett, Ledbetter / the offense
Rookie: Jurado, Martinez

Futures Game: US 3, World 2
DH Joey Gallo: 1-4, homer, two strikeouts
C Jorge Alfaro: 0-2

Gallo struck out swinging against Domingo German (MIA, low-A)and was called out looking versus Luis Severino (NYY, high-A).  He then homered off Michael Feliz (HOU, low-A) and hit a short fly to CF against Jorge Lopez (MIL, high-A).  Gallo DH'ed because Cubbie Kris Bryant also played and had seniority. 

In terms of production, Alfaro had a forgetful day, popping out against AA righty Christian Binford (KAN)and grounding into a double play against AAA righty Alex Meyer (MIN).  Nobody attempted to run against him.

AAA: Round Rock 6, at Nashville (MIL) 4

Record: 48-47, 2nd place, 1.5 games behind Nashville (MIL)

SP Jerome Williams: 4.1 innings, 4 runs
RP Michael Kirkman: 2.2 scoreless innings
RP Phil Klein: 1 scoreless inning, 1 runner, 3 strikeouts
DH Michael Choice: 2-4, 2 doubles
RF Bryan Petersen: 4-5, 11th homer
C Brett Nicholas: 3-4, 7th homer, .261/.321/.376

Choice is batting .316/.435/.579 in five games.  Klein has fanned 15 of 34 batters in AAA and hasn't allowed an extra-base hit all season. 

AA: Frisco 11, at San Antonio (SDG) 2
Record: 12-10, 3rd place, 2.0 games behind Midland (OAK), 52-39 overall, first-half champion and best record in league

SP Alex Gonzalez: 5 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 2.97 ERA
RP Erik Hamren: 2 scoreless innings, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
2B Odubel Herrera: 2-5, triple, .340/.377/.435
1B Jim Adduci (rehab): 2-3, double, homer
C Geovanny Soto (rehab): 2-4, walk
RF Chris Grayson: 2-4, double, walk
CF Jake Skole: 3-5, double, .247/.319/.346
SS Hanser Alberto: 3-5, triple, .226/.250/.290

Gonzalez matched his AA-debut scoreless effort.  He ran into some bats for a spell, giving him a singles-inflated line of .297/.336/.347, but on the whole I'd say he's handled the level just fine. 

Texas plucked Hamren from the independent Atlantic League.  Drafted by the Cubs in 2008, Hamren made his MLB debut in 2011 with the Padres after they traded Mike Adams to the Rangers.  He didn't replace Adams' production, posting a walk-prone 4.38 ERA in 12 innings.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 1, Lynchburg (ATL) 7
Record: 14-11, 2nd place, 1.0 games behind Carolina (CAR), 58-35 overall, first-half champion and best record in league
Video recap

SP Luis Parra: 3 innings, 4 hits (2 HR), 7 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 4.60 ERA
RP Cody Ege: 3 scoreless innings, 4 runners, 5 strikeouts, 4.27 ERA
RP Ryan Bores: 3 scoreless innings, 3 runners, 0 strikeouts, 3.55 ERA
CF Chris Garia: 1-5, 3rd homer, .301/.369/.427
LF Lewis Brinson: 2-4, walk

Carolina League pitchers haven't figured out Garia and neither have I.  Garia batted a modest .251/.310/.363 across two seasons in Spokane plus a toothless .156 in 26 games at Hickory.  I took his April promotion to Myrtle Beach as a terrible sign, seeing him as a 5th outfielder who might play twice a week.

Brinson (.318/.348/.364) made his first appearance somewhere other than center field. 

Low-A: Hickory 4, at Rome (ATL) 9
Record: 15-10, 3rd place, 1.0 games behind Greensboro (MIA) and Hagerstown (WAS), 56-38 overall

SP Akeem Bostick: 4.1 innings, 8 hits (1 HR), 7 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 4.92 ERA
1B Ronald Guzman: 2-3, HBP

A week ago, Bostick's ERA was 3.47.  Also singling twice: LF Jairo Beras, RF Nomar Mazara, CF Ryan Cordell.

Short-A: Spokane 14, at Tri-City (COL) 1
Record: 22-8, +4.0, magic number 5

SP Andrew Barnett: 6 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 3.67 ERA
RP Ryan Ledbetter: 2 scoreless innings, 1 runner, 1 strikeout, 5.27 ERA
LF Eduard Pinto: 5-6, double, .378/.441/.439
3B Jose Trevino: 3-6, double, .319/.359/.580
DH Luke Tendler: 3-6, double, 361/.444/.593
C Marcus Greene: 1-3, 2 walks, 312/.481/.481
CF Zach Cone: 1-3, 3rd homer, 3 walks, .191/.354/.371
RF Diego Cedeno: 2-4, walk

Barring promotions, 2014 will be Texas's first year in Spokane without a single teenaged pitcher.  The current group still ranks below the league average in age, but the youngest is Richelson Pena, who turned 20 last September.  The Indians have allowed a league-low 99 runs, and scored a second-best 178.  Usually, teams with outlandishly good records are "outperforming" their expected winning percentage based on runs scored and allowed, but Spokane has a .764 pythagorean win percentage, better than their actual .733.

Rookie: Rangers 0, at Brewers 5

Record: 13-4, +5.0, magic number 6

SP Brett Martin: 0.2 innings, 3 hits, 4 runs, 2 walk, 1 strikeout, 5.40 ERA
RP Ariel Jurado: 2.1 scoreless innings, 1 runner, 1 strikeout
RP Kevin Matthews: 2 innings, 3 runners, 1 run, 0 strikeouts, 9.00 ERA
RP Emerson Martinez: 2 scoreless innings, 3 runners, 3 strikeouts

The 4th-rounder Martin has pitched well in four of five outings, so I wouldn't put much on his current ERA.  Actually, except at the extremes, I wouldn't put much stock in any stats at this level.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Excerpts from the 8th inning of Hickory's 7-3 loss to Charleston, with Mark Hamburger on the mound:
Batter reached on error by SS Leury Garcia
Single, batter to 2B on throwing error by RF Miguel Alfonzo
Single, batter to 2B on throw home
Fielder's choice, throwing error by Garcia
Single, batter to 2B on throwing error by Alfonzo
Throwing error by Hamburger on pickoff, runner to 3B on error by CF David Paisano(?!)

Ten members of the 2009 squad have reached the Majors.  Defensively, they were the worst team I've covered.  Hickory committed an easily league-worst 236 error and turned the second-fewest double plays despite plenty of opportunities.

Today's Starters
AAA: off
AA: Edwar Cabrera
Hi-A: Chad Bell
Lo-A: off
Short-A: Nick Gardewine
Rookie: off

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