The Farm Report -- 8/3/2014

Video of Frisco's Keone Kela thoroughly dominating the opposition, and Martire Garcia also doing well for himself.  I'll get to Andrew Faulkner's video when I can.

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 2 August

Stars of the Day
AAA: Ross / Nicholas, Telis
AA: Faulkner, Kela / Herrera, Wise
Hi-A: Bell / Alfaro, Mendez
Lo-A: Mazara
Short-A: Pollorena / Pinto, Spivey, Tendler
Rookie: Jurado

AAA: at Round Rock 5, Memphis (STL) 2
Record: 59-54, -2.0

SP Robbie Ross: 9 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks,2, strikeouts, 5 strikeouts, 4.97 ERA
C Brett Nicholas: 1-1. 9th homer
DH Tomas Telis: 2-4, double, .365/.412/.460

Ross has four consecutive starts of at least six innings and two or fewer runs allowed.  Nicholas pinch-hit a three-run homer as a replacement for rehabbing Geovany Soto (1-3, double).  

Round Rock honored Jackie Moore as the inaugural inductee of its Hall of Fame.  Moore managed the Express from 2000 through 2007 in both their AA and AAA manifestations.

AA: Frisco 3, at San Antonio (SDG) 1
Record: 25-18, -1.0

SP Andrew Faulkner: 6 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts, 2.45 ERA
RP Joseph Ortiz: 1 scoreless inning, 2 hits
RP Martire Garcia: 1 scoreless inning, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts
RP Keone Kela: 1 perfect inning, 2 strikeouts
2B Odubel Herrera: 2-5, triple
C JT Wise: 3-3, 4th homer

I hadn't seen Faulkner in person since March, when he retired two of eight batters and gave up two homers.  Since then, and especially yesterday, he's been much, much better.  Faulkner showed exceptional command of his 91-95 fastball.  He added a solid 77-81 curve that veered toward slider territory and a changeup that flashed solid but didn't measure up to the other two pitches.  Some in the Texas system throw harder, and some have more movement, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone with better placement than Faulkner showed last night.  On 88 pitches, Faulkner had 12 called strikes and 14 swinging.

Joseph Ortiz seemed to get underneath his pitches early, giving them a little unnecessary loop, but he'd tightened up by the end of the outing.  Lefty Martire Garcia ended Yeison Asencio's streak of 59 plate appearances without a strikeout.  He also fanned Corey Spangenberg on a quality changeup, which I confess to not knowing he threw.  Keone Kela just dominated: 97-99 and a three mid-80s sliders, just one of 12 pitches out of the strike zone and six swinging strikes.

Odubel Herrera lined a standup triple down the right field line.  Joey Gallo narrowly missed a homer to left.  Aside from Wise's homer, Frisco didn't harm starter Josh Hancock.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 3, Salem (BOS) 5  
Record: 22-21, -1.0

SP Chad Bell: 5 innings, 4 hits (1 HR), 1 runs,1 walks, 4 strikeouts, 3.57 ERA
C Jorge Alfaro: 3-5, 2 doubles, 13th homer, .261/.318/.440
SS Luis Mendez: 3-4
Video recap

Alfaro tied his season high with eight bases on hits.  He also committed his 15th error on a pickoff throw.  

Low-A: Hickory 2, at  Savannah (NYM) 5
Low-A: Hickory 0, at  Savannah (NYM) 8
Record: 24-18, -3.0

SP David Ledbetter (1): 3.1 innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, 6.75 ERA
SP Angelo Leclerc (2): 2.1 innings, 3 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, 2.98 ERA
RF Nomar Mazara: 3-6, walk, .265/.357/.472
1B Ronald Guzman: 2-5, walk, .205/.282/.311

In the opener, Savannah scored its runs in a messy two-error 4th; all the runs were unearned.  Ledbetter needed 85 pitches to retire 10 batters.  Guzman batted .320/.370/.420 in April.  Since then: .186/.267/.292 in 79 games.

Short-A: at Spokane 9, Hillsboro (ARI) 12
Record: 4-8, -3.0

SP Andrew Barnett: 4 innings, 9 hits (4 HR), 7 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 5.28 ERA
RP Luis Pollorena: 2 scoreless innings, 1 runner , 0 strikeouts, 2.08 ERA
LF Eduard Pinto: 3-5, double, 3rd steal, .352/.401/.408
DH Seth Spivey: 2-4, double, walk, .339/.423/.485
RF Luke Tendler: 1-5, 7th homer, .339/.412/.569
CF Jose Cardona: 2-5, double, 2nd steal

In a short season, one ugly game can make a hash of your statistics, and Andrew Barnett has his.  Opponents are slugging .506 against him.  Spokane's home run title will belong to either Tendler or Jose Trevino, who leads the Indians and the Northwest League with nine. Tendler ranks second in slugging, Trevino third.

Rookie: Rangers 3, at Brewers 4
Record: 2-5, -3.5

SP Joe Palumbo: 3.1 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeout, 2.86 ERA
RP : 3.1 innings, 4 runners, 1 run, 6 strikeouts, 0.86 ERA
RF Carlos Arroyo: 2-4
1B Zach Stephens: 2-4

The Rangers were held to eight runners and no extra-base hits.  The Panamanian Jurado has 67 strikeouts and eight walks in his 70-inning career.  

Five Years Ago Yesterday
You raised over $6,000 for the Hello Win Column Fund at Newberg Night.  Texas purchased the contract of Neftali Feliz from Oklahoma City.  Frisco's Mitch Moreland homered, doubled and singled twice.  Hickory's Martin Perez tied a season high with nine strikeouts in five innings of one-run ball.

Today's Starters
AAA: Justin Germano
AA: Jake Thompson
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Colin Wiles
Short-A: Nick Gardewine
Rookie: TBA


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