The Farm Report -- 7/30/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Tuesday 29 July

Stars of the Day
AAA: Rua
AA: Claudio / Gallo, Wise
Hi-A: Monegro / Alfaro, Bostick, Bolinger, Garia
Lo-A: Lopez, Williams / Demeritte
Short-A: Greene
Rookie: Martinez, Arroyo

AAA: at Round Rock 3, Oklahoma City (HOU) 7

Record: 56-53, -2.5

SP Justin Germano: 6.1 innings, 15 runners, 4 runs, 4 strikeouts, 4.33 ERA
RP Spencer Patton: 1.1 scoreless innings, 3 runners, 3 strikeouts, 3.66 ERA
LF Ryan Rua: 4-4, triple, walk, .292/.353/.500

Rua made his 11th career appearance in the outfield.  He's played nine of his 28 AAA games there.  Entering the season, I thought he'd see a fair amount of outfield action in AA, but he appeared there only twice.

Aaron Poreda touched 100 twice again, per onlookers, but allowed three runs and four runners in his 1.1 innings.

AA: at Frisco 6, Midland (OAK) 2

Record: 22-17, -2.0

SP Jake Thompson: 4 innings, 2 hits (1 HR), 2 runs, 3 walks, 1 HBP, 5 strikeouts, 4.50 ERA
RP Alex Claudio: 4 scoreless innings, 1 runner, 1 strikeout, 2.25 ERA
RP Keone Kela: 1 scoreless inning, 2 strikeouts
DH Joey Gallo: 1-3, 16th homer, walk
1B JT Wise: 1-3, 3rd homer walk

Gallo's 8th-inning grand slam broke a 2-2 tie. He homered off Omar Duran, a lefty brought in specifically to face him.  Since that career-long nine-game homerless streak, Gallo has six homers in nine games with a line of .273/.351/.818.  Here's video and a game story on Gallo's homer.  Unfortunately, the camera doesn't track the ball.  Reader Jim Wegmann sent me his phone video from a different angle, and I edited and uploaded it to youtube.  Watch it fly!

Jake Thompson was moderately effective, if rather control-deprived, in his Texas debut.  Thompson threw 81 pitches (48 strikes) in four innings, and his fastball touched 94. 

High-A: Myrtle Beach 8, at  Potomac (WAS) 6

Record: 21-19, tied for 1st

SP Luis Parra: 5 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout, 5.20 ERA
RP Jose Monegro: 2 scoreless innings, 1 runner
LF Chris Garia: 2-4, walk, .288/.349/.397
C Jorge Alfaro: 1-3, triple, 2 HBPs, .253/.313/.426
RF Royce Bolinger: 3-5, double, .294/.352/.451
2B Christopher Bostick: 3-4, triple, 2 steals (19), .316/.374/.480 in July

A day after Myrtle Beach scored 11, seemingly superstitious manager Joe Michulik penciled in an identical lineup, which worked.  It also meant another day on the bench for Nick Williams, who is playing today.  The Pelicans have a crowded outfield, so if Texas is entertaining the idea of promoting Nomar Mazara from Hickory, someone else will need to move up to Frisco (or hit the DL, obviously not the desired method).

Never possessed of great control, Parra has walked at least three in four consecutive starts.  Cody Ege (4.64 ERA) took one on the chin, allowing hits to all five batters faced and three runs.

Low-A: at Hickory 10, Delmarva (BAL) 4
Record: 23-16, -2.0

SP Frank Lopez: 3 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 3 strikeouts, 2.47 ERA
RP Scott Williams: 2 scoreless innings, 2 runners, 4 strikeouts, 5.00 ERA
LF Jairo Beras: 2-4, double
2B Travis Demeritte: 1-4, 21st homer
3B Luis Marte: 2-4, double
CF Zach Cone: 2-4, double

Demeritte hit a grand slam for his league-leading 21st homer.  Hickory isn't going to top  the league record like it did last year with 178, but the Crawdads do have a Sally-best 106, admittedly with more assistance than usual from their hitter-friendly park.

Williams is Texas's only 2014 pick (11th round) in a full-season league despite being just 20 years old and having remarkably little pitching experience.  Williams mostly caught for State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota, pitching ten relief innings in 11 appearances.  I've heard fastball velocities anywhere from 89 to 97.  He's a work in progress. 

Short-A: at Spokane 6, Vancouver (TOR) 11
Record: 3-5, -2.0

SP Jason Hoppe: 4 innings, 4 hits (1 HR), 3 runs, 1 walk, 1 HBP, 4 strikeouts, 2.61 ERA
RP David Perez: 3 innings, 4 runners, 3 runs, 1.93 ERA
DH Marcus Greene: 1-3, 2 walks, .302/.437/.453
C Jose Trevino: 2-5, double, .304/.337/.541

Hoppe (2014, 27th round) spot-started.  Austin Pettibone (24th round) will be joining the rotation, supplanting 16th-rounder Reed Garrett.  Pettibone has a rough ERA (6.10) but solid peripherals.  Perez finally allowed some runs in his eighth appearance.  He's been nearly unhittable (.104 average) but has walked or hit 18% of his opponents. 

Rookie: at Rangers 2, Mariners 7

Record: 1-3, -2.0

SP Emerson Martinez: 3 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 4.97 ERA
RP Brett Martin : 3 innings, 4 runners (1 HR), 2 runs, 5 strikeouts, 3.63 ERA
RF Carlos Arroyo: 3-4

Arroyo had three of the Rangers' six hits.  Seattle's 18-year-old Freddy Peralta has stymied the Rangers in consecutive starts  (12 IP, 7 runners, 3 unearned runs).  Martin touched 96 per observer Jay Hashop (@sevenfuturehit) and ran mostly 93-94. 

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Texas signed RHP Robbie Erlin.  In a doubleheader, Hickory's Wilfredo Boscan shut out Augusta for six innings, while Neil Ramirez gave up five runs in 3.1. 

Today's Starters
AAA: Phil Irwin
AA: Chi Chi Gonzalez
Hi-A: Ryan Bores
Lo-A: off
Short-A: Richelson Pena
Rookie: off

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