The Farm Report -- 7/27/2014

Eric Nadel.

Eric Nadel (20 seconds in).

Eric Nadel (with an assist from Mark Holtz).

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 26 July

Stars of the Day
AAA: Nicholas
AA: Asher / Robinson, Martinez
Hi-A: Buckel, Leclerc / Alfaro, Bolinger
Lo-A: Leclerc / De Leon, Demeritte, Van Hoosier
Short-A: Thompson, Fasola / Cardona, Profar
Rookie: Yrizarri, Almonte, Lacrus

AAA: Round Rock 0, at Colorado Springs (COL) 5 (7)
AAA: Round Rock 5, at Colorado Springs (COL) 3 (7)
Record: 54-52, -3.0

SP Luke Jackson (1): 5.2 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 7.29 ERA
SP Edwar Cabrera (2): 4 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 9.00 ERA
C/1B: Brett Nicholas: 4-6, .278/.331/.392

Jackson didn't quite complete six innings but threw a reasonable 81 pitches, easily his lowest pitches-per-out in AAA.  Cabrera was making his Round Rock debut, although he does have a smattering of prior AAA innings and 5.2 in the Majors with a 11.12 ERA.

AA: at Frisco 2, San Antonio (SDG) 1
Record: 20-16, -2.0

SP Alec Asher: 7 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 7 strikeouts, 3.63 ERA
RP Joseph Ortiz (rehab): 1 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 strikeout
RF Drew Robinson: 2-3, 10th homer, walk, .200/.281/.373
LF Teodoro Martinez: 2-4, double, .263/.311/.350

Robinson hit a solo homer in the 7th, then singled and scored on Pat Cantwell's two-out single in the 9th.  Robinson is slugging an exceptional .508 in July but he's struck out 27 times against just four walks, which have always been a crucial part of his offense.   

Alec Asher tossed his fourth scoreless and sixth walk-free outing, lowering his opposing line to .243/.280/.399.

I need to correct an embarrassing error from yesterday.  I said that Texas had released both indy ball pitchers it had signed not long ago and assigned to Frisco.  Texas did in fact release Brodie Downs, but Erik Hamren was just disabled.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 4, at Salem (BOS) 2

Record: 19-18, -0.5

SP Sam Wolff: 1.2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 3.31 ERA
RP Cody Buckel: 4.1 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, 7.65 ERA
RP Jose Leclerc: 2 perfect innings, 1.84 ERA
C Jorge Alfaro: 1-4, 12th homer, .252/.311/.421
RF Royce Bolinger: 1-4, 5th homer, .285/.348/.434

Wolff made his first appearance in nearly a month, while Buckel allowed his first five runners to reach but  retired that last 11 straight with six strikeouts.  Leclerc had never pitched more than an inning without a strikeout, but he retired six straight, and the formerly walk-prone righty has just one in his last 11.1 innings. 

Low-A: at Hickory 5, Delmarva (BAL) 3
Record: 20-16, -3.0

SP Tyler Smith: 5 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 3.96 ERA
RP Angelo Leclerc: 3 innings, 4 runners, 0 runs, 2 strikeouts, 2.60 ERA
SS Michael De Leon: 2-4, walk, .245/.300/.292
LF Evan Van Hoosier: 2-4, double, .272/.350/.446
2B Travis Demeritte: 2-4, double, .223/.320/.466

Michael De Leon has a .300 on-base percentage for the first time.  De Leon is a 2013 July 2 signing, and most of his colleagues haven't even entered the US yet, much less reached full-season ball.    Yesterday was Demeritte's first multi-hit game since Independence Day and third in the last 28 games (.172/.303/.333). 

Short-A: Spokane 4, at Salem-Keizer (SFO) 1
Record: 1-4, -2.0

SP Derek Thompson: 6 innings, 8 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 1 HBP, 3 strikeouts, 3.38 ERA
RP Erik Swanson: 1 scoreless inning, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts, 5.40 ERA
RP Johnny Fasola: 2 innings, 2 runners, 4 strikeouts, 1.65 ERA
3B Juremi Profar: 3-3, double
CF Jose Cardona: 3-4

Spokane will not enter the postseason with an 0-38 second-half record.  Derek Thompson, who started Spokane's playoff-clinching victory, pitched nearly as well last night.  Fasola has one walk and 26 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.  Learn about him here.

Rookie: Rangers 9, at Padres 14
Record: 0-1

SP Nick Green: 3 innings, 9 hits, 8 runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts, 5.12 ERA
RP Luke Lanphere: 4 innings, 5 hits (3 HR), 3 runs, 0 walks, HBP, 5 strikeouts, 3.81 ERA
2B Yeyson Yrizarri: 1-4, 1st homer, walk, .247/.294/.355
CF Sherman Lacrus: 1-3, 2nd homer, walk, .286/.374/.440
RF Jose Almonte: 1-4, 2nd homer, .207/.240/.283

Yrizarri's homer was his first as a professional.  Green had allowed only three runs and six hits in his prior 16 innings.  Lacrus is normally a catcher, although he's played in the outfield on a handful of occasions.

Texas signed undrafted 21-year-old RHP Adam Dian, who pitched for Temple and Pitt.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
I expressed concern about Omar Poveda's 11% strikeout rate, down from 2008's 24%.  Poveda would have Tommy John surgery the next Feburary, but I don't recall any issues during 2009.  Traded to Miami with Evan Reed for Jorge Cantu late in 2010, Poveda has since pitched for Atlanta and Washington, bouncing between AA and AAA without reaching the Majors.

Today's Starters
AAA: Robbie Ross
AA: Jerad Eickhoff
Hi-A: Chad Bell
Lo-A: David Ledbetter
Short-A: Reed Garrett
Rookie: Luis Ortiz

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