The Farm Report -- 8/2/2014

Video of Round Rock relievers Spencer Patton, Matt West, Jimmy Reyes and Lisalverto Bonilla. I've got Luke Jackson, too, but haven't had a chance to edit it.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 1 August

Stars of the Day
AAA: Patton / Sardinas, Choice, Hoying
AA: Eickhoff / Grayon, Herrera, Adams, Gallo, Martinez
Hi-A: Wolff, Ege / Garia, Bolinger
Short-A: Pettibone, Garret, Dignaccio / Tendler, Trevino
Rookie: Wynn / Morgan, Lacrus

AAA: at Round Rock 6, Oklahoma City (HOU) 5

Record: 58-54, -2.0

SP Luke Jackson: 5 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 6.58 ERA
RP Jimmy Reyes: 1 perfect inning, 1 strikeout, 6.75 ERA
RP Spencer Patton: 1 perfect inning, 2 strikeouts, 3.59 ERA
SS Luis Sardinas: 2-5, double, .281/.300/.385
RF Michael Choice: 2-3, 2nd homer, 2 walks, .253/.351/.380
CF Jared Hoying: 1-5, 18th homer, .249/.308/.476

Two or three of the runs off Luke Jackson belong to the defense, as 2B Brent Lillibridge raised his glove over what would have been an easy double-play grounder in the 3rd.  Still, Jackson allowed ten runners in five innings.  His fastball was solid.  He tends to work the entire zone with it, but last night he almost never ran it up, which I found interesting.  While standard counsel is to stay low, low, low, Jackson is a power pitcher who can con hitters into chasing high.  In any case, it looked good.  He couldn't establish his secondaries for any length of time.  He'd dial up a pretty 80 MPH curve, but the next would roll out of his hand wrong and come in fast and up.  Jackson has developed slowly, which is fine, as he's just 22.  I wouldn't mind a September call-up, but he's certainly not somebody who's just biding his time in AAA right now.

Spencer Patton threw nothing but fastballs (90-94) save one 3-2 slider that turned Joe Sclafani into a popsicle.  Lisalverto Bonilla offered the usual: terrific changeup, wildly inconsistent fastball, dubious slider.  Actually, to his credit, he spun off a couple of low/outside sliders that didn't get bites but also didn't look too bad.  The third was a wounded duck that was fortunate to be taken.  Matt West fanned the only batter he faced, and Jimmy Reyes punched out one with an 87-91 fastball and 77-78 curve combo. 

Choice's homer was on a badly hanging slider, but he did what's he's supposed to with it.   Choice also made a sharp play in the field, quickly grabbing Andrew Aplin's lasered shot off the RF wall and gunning him down at second.  Choice's arm doesn't play well in right, but his execution was flawless.  Both he and Ryan Rua (playing left field) had the opportunity to throw out a runner tagging from third but didn't quite have the arm.

AA: Frisco 4, at  San Antonio (SDG) 1
Record: 24-18, -2.0

SP Jerad Eickhoff: 6 innings, 3 hits (1 HR), 1 run, 1 walks, 7 strikeouts, 4.27 ERA
RF Chris Grayson: 2-4, walk, 2 steals (7), .253/.333/.347
2B Odubel Herrera: 2-4, double, .347/.393/.433
1B Trever Adams: 2-4, double, .288/.337/.467
3B Joey Gallo: 3-4, "double," .271/.360/.614
LF Teodoro Martinez: 2-4, double, .263/.310/.347

Eickhoff worked six on a tidy 91 pitches.  Eickhoff has three strikeouts for every walk and a .228 opposing average.  His biggest problems to date have been a few outings in which a cluster of late hits has blown up his line, and power.  He's allowed 15 homers and 30 other extra-base hits for an isolated power of .170 compared to the league average of .121. 

Rehabbing Robbie Erlin worked 2.1 scoreless innings for the Missions.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 3, Salem (BOS) 4
Record: 22-20, tied for 1st

SP Sam Wolff: 3 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts, 3.21 ERA
RP Cody Ege: 2 scoreless innings, 2 runners, 4 strikeouts, 4.47 ERA
DH Chris Garia: 2-5, double, 35th steal, .290/.350/.400
RF Royce Bolinger: 2-4, triple, .297/.355/.459

Wolff increased from seven to 12 batters faced in his second outing off the DL.  Jose Monegro (3 IP, 8 H, 4 R) bore the brunt of Salem's wrath.  Nick Williams and Lewis Brinson went 0-3 but did draw walks, which have been in short supply for them at this level (and for Williams everywhere).

Low-A: wet

Doubleheader today.

Short-A: at Spokane 10, Hillsboro (ARI) 1
Record: 4-7, -3.0

SP Austin Pettibone: 3 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 5.32 ERA
RP Reed Garrett: 2 scoreless innings, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 4.40 ERA
RP Nick Dignaccio: 2 scoreless innings, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 2.70 ERA
RP John Fasola: 2 innings, 5 runners, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, 1.96 ERA
RF Luke Tendler: 2-4, 6th homer, .343/.418/.562
C Jose Trevino: 3-5, 2 doubles, 9th homer, .304/.335/.552

Trevino has a lower OBP (.286) than batting average (.292) in his last 12 games but is slugging .563.  Spokane struck out 16 Hops.  Fasola has an absurd 41% K rate, far above his merely solid 21% as a redshirt junior at Kent State.

Rookie: at Rangers 4, White Sox 5

Record: 2-4, -3.0

SP Luis Ortiz: 2.1 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts, 2.03 ERA
RP Omarlin Lopez: 3.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 4.28 ERA
RP Sterling Wynn: 2 scoreless innings, 3 runners, 1 strikeout, 7.06 ERA
2B Josh Morgan: 2-3, double, walk, .360/.496/.390
C Sherman Lacrus: 1-2, 2 walks, .290/.387/.441

Ortiz had an odd evening, failing to whiff a batter for the first time as a professional and issuing just his second and third walks of the season.  Morgan, who leads the league in OBP by a fair margin, collected just his second extra-base hit.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Chad Tracy hit his 18th homer.  Tracy twice hit 26 homers and drove in over 100 runs but never gained any traction as a possible call-up.  He possibly would have received some consideration had he been a 25-year-old in Round Rock this season instead of 2011.  He's playing for York in the indy Atlantic League now.

Today's Starters
AAA: Robbie Ross
AA: Andrew Faulkner
Hi-A: Chad Bell
Lo-A: David Ledbetter / TBA
Short-A: Andrew Barnett
Rookie: Joe Palumbo

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