The Farm Report -- 7/25/2014

Andy Milovich passed his exam.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Thursday 24 July

LHP Joseph Ortiz (rehab) to Frisco from Arizona
LHP Edwar Cabrera to Round Rock from Frisco
RHP Jose Monegro to Frisco from Hickory
OF Zach Cone (reboot) to Hickory from Spokane
OF Ryan Cordell DL'ed with an oblique injury
RHP Kevin Pucetas released.  The knuckleballer had walked or hit 13 of his last 37 batters.

Stars of the Day
AAA: Germano / Strausborger, Pena
AA: Gallo, Adams
Hi-A: De Los Santos / Garia, Bolinger
Lo-A: Williams, Carvallo / De Leon, Mazara
Short-A: Pollorena / Greene
Rookie: Palmquist / Arroyo, Forbes, Castillo

AAA: Round Rock 2, at Oklahoma City (HOU) 1

Record: 52-51, -2.5

SP Justin Germano: 9 innings, 5 runners, 1 run, 4.25 ERA
CF Ryan Strausborger: 1-2, walk, 15th steal
DH Carlos Pena: 2-4, 3rd homer

Round Rock made its four hits count, and Germano did the bullpen a huge solid a day after it had to provide all eight innings when Jerome Williams was pulled.

AA: at Frisco 4, San Antonio (SDG) 8
Record: 18-16, -3.0

SP Jose Monegro: 2.2 innings, 8 runners, 7 runs, 15.75 ERA
RP Joseph Ortiz (rehab): 1 scoreless inning, 2 runners, 1 strikeout
RP Keone Kela: 1 scoreless inning, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 2.42 ERA
3B Joey Gallo: 1-4, 13th homer, .275/.325/.444
1B Trever Adams: 2-4, double, .277/.363/.610

For the third time in four days, Gallo produced a homer and two strikeouts.  He's retaken the minor-league lead with 34, one more than the Cubbies' Kris Bryant.

Selfishly, I'm not unhappy with San Antonio defeating Frisco.  If the Missions overtake Midland for the second-half title, I get to see more live baseball.  Which is to say, I'm not driving to Midland.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 5, Frederick (BAL) 4
Record: 18-17, -1.5

SP Luis Parra: 5 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts, 5.27 ERA
RP Abel de los Santos: 2 scoreless innings, 1 runners, 2 strikeouts, 2.33 ERA
LF Chris Garia: 3-5, 32nd and 33rd steal, .289/.352/.399
RF Royce Bolinger: 1-2, 2 walks, .290/.351/.430
Video Recap

Garia ranks third in the league in steals and fifth in runs (59).  Bolinger is hitting .258/.329/.409 since returning from knee surgery.

Low-A: at Hickory 4, West Virginia (PIT) 1
Record: 19-15, -3.0

SP Cole Wiper: 3 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 3.89 ERA
RP Scott Williams: 2 scoreless innings, 2 runners, 3 strikeouts, 6.43 ERA
RP Felix Carvallo: 2.1 scoreless innings, 2 runners, 1 strikeout, 3.40 ERA
SS Michael De Leon: 3-4, .235/.287/.283
RF Nomar Mazara: 1-4, 16th homer, .260/.348/.453

Mazara trails only teammate Travis Demeritte for the league lead in homers.  Like last year, the lefty-hitting Mazara has struggled badly against southpaws (.221/.283/.346). 

Short-A: Spokane 2, at Salem-Keizer (SFO) 8

Record: 0-3, -1.5

SP Nick Gardewine: 2.2 innings, 4 hits (1 HR), 8 runs, 2 walks, 2 HBP, 4 strikeouts, 6.45 ERA
RP Luis Pollorena: 3.1 innings, 4 runners, 1 strikeout, 1.93 ERA
DH Marcus Greene: 1-4, 3rd homer, .322/.454/.488

Gardenwine allowed eight of 16 batters to reach, and all would score.  Spokane hasn't won since it's must-win division-clincher. 

Rookie: Rangers 10, at Indians 11 (12)
Record: 18-9, +4.0, first-half champion

SP Brett Martin: 2.2 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 3.77 ERA
RP Cody Palmquist: 3 perfect innings, 5 strikeouts, 1.35 ERA
RF Carlos Arroyo: 1-4, 2 walks, 9th steal, .265/.337/.301
3B Ti'Quan Forbes: 2-5, walk, .247/.305/.280
1B Elio Castillo: 2-3, 3 walks, 250/.378/.278

The Indians walked nine and committed six errors but prevailed when Li-Jen Chu homered off Jacob Raffaele.  Amidst the chaos, 30th-round righty Cody Palmquist of Palm Beach Community College retired nine straight with five strikeouts.  The Rangers have still allowed the fewest runs in the league, 4.7 per game.  Among the regulars, 3rd-rounder Josh Morgan is hitting best, albeit with no power (.341/.481/.366), while Dominican OF Jose Almonte is stuck at .205/.239/.250.  In general, I wouldn't put too much value in rookie-level stats except at the extreme margins (Gallo's homer barrage in 2012, for example).

Five Years Ago Yesterday
6'5" righty Cody Eppley (2.85 ERA) threw four innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts. Two years later, Eppley would become one of the few 43rd rounders to reach the Majors, and he'd throw 46 innings with the Yankees the following year.  He's bounced around several AAA squads and the indy Atlantic League during 2013-2014 and is currently unemployed, to my knowledge.

Today's Starters
AAA: Phil Irwin
AA: Alex Claudio
Hi-A: Ryan Bores
Lo-A: Akeem Bostick
Short-A: Richelson Pena
Rookie: off

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