The Farm Report -- 6/22/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/21

Stars of the Day
AAA: Brad Mills, Ben Rowen / Leury Garcia, Engel Beltre, Joey Butler, Yangervis Solarte, Mike Olt, Jared Hoying
AA: Brett Nicholas, Tomas Telis
Hi-A: Jerad Eickhoff, Randol Rojas / Drew Robinson, Joe Maloney, Jake Skole
Lo-A: Connor Sadzeck, Joe Burns / Nick Williams, Ryan Rua, Jordan Akins
Short-A: Yohander Mendez, Sam Wolff
Rookie: Brett Anderson / Travis Demeritte, Luis Mendez

AAA: at Round Rock 13, Memphis (STL) 2

Record: 43-33, +1.0

Round Rock connected for 20 hits including four by Engel Beltre (.294/.355/.398) and three from Leury Garcia (.300/.323/.433), Joey Butler, Yangervis Solarte and Jared Hoying.  All were singles except a double from Butler and Solarte. 

Mike Olt had one hit, a three-run homer to the grandstand in left.  Olt is at .247/.333/.589 with seven homers in 19 games since his return.  Here's my shot from left field, where I was wandering at the time.

In his two-inning AAA debut, Ben Rowen struck out three and permitted only a grounded single by Oscar Taveras.  Rowen's fastball (a combination of sinkers and "risers") ran 81-83.  He added a tricky, curling 73 MPH slider and maybe a change or two.  If you've never seen him, please take a moment to watch my video from last night.  He's unique.  I also created a vid of his three strikeout pitches shot at 60fps and slowed to 30.

As usual, Brad Mills (2.97 ERA) annoyed the opposition with his 85-88 fastball, fanning five and allowing two runs in seven innings.

AA: at Frisco 6, Corpus Christi (HOU) 5
Record: 3-1, tied for 1st

1B Brett Nicholas hit a three-run homer (his 14th) and a single, and catcher Tomas Telis (.271/.296/.376) was 3-3 with two doubles and a walk.

Justin Miller enjoyed his best post-TJ outing, striking out the side in order for his second save.  Lefty Alex Claudio induced a double play grounder on his first AA pitch, then retired four of five with three strikeouts.  Claudio touched 88, which is probably as high as you'll see from him.  Claudio isn't quite a true side-armer to my eyes -- more of a drop-and-drive, very low 3/4 -- but in any case, he's baffling to most hitters.

Kevin Pucetas (4.88 ERA) gave up four runs in five innings.  From what I heard, he threw knucklers one inning with success.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 7, at  Frederick (BAL) 3
Record: 1-0, tied for 1st

The Pelicans put 20 runners on base, including two walks, a single and double from Drew Robinson (.341/.491/.523 in June).  CF Jake Skole (.199/.302/.276) was 2-4 with a double, and 1B Joe Maloney singled twice and walked.  Rougned Odor (.280/.355/.439) was 2-5 with his 17th steal. 

A steady Jerad Eickhoff (3.59 ERA) allowed three runs in six innings on four hits, two walks and four strikeouts.  Randol Rojas (2.70 ERA) pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th.

Low-A: at Hickory 5, Greensboro (MIA) 0

Record: 2-0, tied for 1st

Homers from Jordan Akins (5th), Ryan Rua (23rd) and Nick Williams (14th) plated four of Hickory's five runs.  63 homers in 68 games, a mere 60% of their current pace, will give the Crawdads the Sally League record.  Macon hit 173 in 1998. Akins (.241/.265/.370) and Williams (.298/.324/.640) also singled, and Rua (.255/.360/.634) doubled.  

Hickory also posted a second consecutive shutout.  Connor Sadzeck (2.55 ERA) began with six innings of three-hit ball and one strikeout, after which Joe Burns (2 IP, 1 SO) and Cody Kendall (1 IP, 1 SO) handled the rest.

Short-A: at Spokane 1, Boise (CHC) 4
Record: 1-6, -5.0

Lack of offense and one pitch doomed the Indians.  Spokane put six runners on base and is hitting .195/.314/.277.  They're somehow averaging over four runs per game with that line. 

Young Yohander Mendez pitched well again, striking out five and allowing three hits and a walk in 4.2 scoreless innings.  In the 8th, Cubbie Yasiel Balaguert had a green light on 3-0 and knocked Justin Sprenger's pitch over the fence for a three-run homer.  Sam Wolff struck out his side in order in the 9th.

Rookie: at Rangers 5, Royals 7
Record: 1-1, tied for 1st

SS Travis Demeritte followed Thursday's homer with two singles and a walk.  3B Luis Mendez, who spent part of 2013 in Hickory, singled and homered.  CF Todd McDonald and 2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa  (4th round, 18 years old) walked and singled.  Catcher Charles Moorman singled twice. 

Jose Leclerc's older brother Angelo gave up three runs in five innings on five hits, a walk and hit batter in 4.1 innings.  David Ledbetter's twin brother Ryan (19th round) surrendered a solo homer and struck out three in 1.2 innings.  Brett Anderson debuted on the mound with one strikeout in a scoreless two innings.  Anderson was a 2008 12th-rounder by the Tigers and hit himself out of baseball by 2010.  After three years outside of professional ball, Anderson joined Texas as a pitcher.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Matt Harrison threw 100 pitches in an eight-inning, two-run outing for Oklahoma, and Tommy Hunter tossed 112 in an identical performance for Frisco.  Bakersfield's Marcus Lemon went 5-5 to improve to .304/.421/.408.  Such were the days. 

Some announced rookie-league pitchers: 2008 draft picks Joe Wieland, Cody Eppley, Tanner Roark and Tyler Tufts, and new-to-America Joseph Ortiz and Leury Garcia. 

Today's Starters
AAA: Jake Brigham
AA: Nick McBride
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Frank Lopez
Short-A: Collin Wiles / TBD
Rookie: Akeem Bostick

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