The Farm Report -- 7/15/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 14 July

Stars of the Day
AA: Cabrera, Henry / Telis, Adams
Hi-A: Bell / Bostick
Short-A: McCain, Hunter / Tendler, Cone

AAA: off

AA: Frisco 3, at San Antonio (SDG) 2 (13)
Record: 13-10, -2.0

SP Edwar Cabrera: 6 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 6 strikeout, 3.05 ERA
RP Keone Kela: 1 inning, 2 runners, 1 run, 2 strikeouts, 1.19 ERA
RP Randy Henry: 3 scoreless innings, 3 runners, 2 strikeouts, 3.38 ERA
DH Tomas Telis: 4-6, 7th steal, .300/.337/.399
LF Trever Adams: 2-4, 2 walks, .269/.322/.430

In the 13th, Chris Grayson sac'ed home Adams, who singled with one out and advanced to third on a Pat Cantwell HBP and Odubel Herrera walk. 

Telis has cooled off lately, batting .225/.278/.268 during the last 30 days.  2014 is his walk year unless the Rangers decide otherwise, either by protecting him on the  40-man roster or agreeing to another contract, as they did with reliever Johan Yan after 2012. Telis turned 23 last month.  International free agents, often signed at the age of 16, can become minor league free agents at a younger age than Americans subject to the draft.

Both Jim Adduci and Geovanny Soto were hitless in four at-bats.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 2, Lynchburg (ATL) 6
Record: 14-12, -2.0
Video recap

SP Chad Bell: 3 scoreless innings, 0 hits, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts, 3.29 ERA
RP Justin Sprenger: 2.1 innings, 8 runners, 6 runs, 4.70 ERA
DH Lewis Brinson: 1-4, 1st homer
2B Christopher Bostick: 3-4, double, .246/.318/.387

Brinson hit his first high-A homer and 12th overall.  Erase Bostick's worst stretch -- 6-for-61 over 16 games in mid-June -- and he's hitting a quite satisfactory .279/.355/.443.  Yes, that's an exercise in very selective endpoints, but for the most part, he's hit pretty well.
The 5,622 fans were a Monday-night record for the Pelicans.

Low-A: off

Short-A: Spokane 6, at Boise (CHC) 11
Record: 22-9, +3.0, magic number 5

SP Nick Gardewine: 3 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeouts, 4.97 ERA
RP Austin Pettibone: 1 innings, 6 runners (2 HR), 6 runs, 4.80 ERA
RP Shane McCain: 2 perfect  innings, 3 strikeouts
RP Darrell Hunter:  2 scoreless innings, 2 runners, 4 strikeouts
RF Luke Tendler: 1-3, 5th homer, 1 walk
CF Zach Cone: 1-4, 4th homer

The free-agent Hunter was recruited out of high school by Oregon as a hitter but converted to the mound, strictly in a relief role, for his final two seasons.  McCain also went undrafted, out of Troy.  Free-agent signings of amateur Americans is a bit more common since the draft was reduced to 40 rounds from 50. 

Rookie: off
Texas released 2014 36th-rounder RHP Cody Chartrand, who didn't appear in a game.  The 22-year-old pitched for Lewis-Clark State in Idaho.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Frisco's Johnny Whittleman hit the first walk-off grand slam in team history.  If memory serves, this was Whittleman's last hurrah as a prospect.  He began the season three completely homerless months, then hit eight in the span of 15 games (the grand slam being the 6th), and then hit just two in the final 45 games.  Whittleman repeated Frisco in 2010 but was banished to Bakersfield midseason.

Today's Starters
AAA: off
AA: Alex Claudio
Hi-A: off
Lo-A: Tyler Smith
Short-A: Richelson Pena
Rookie: off

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