The Farm Report -- 6/24/2013

Rangers Farm Report: Games of 6/23

Rehabbing Joakim Soria struck out two in a perfect inning for Frisco.

Engel Beltre is Texas's best defensive outfielder.  At the plate, he seems to be making a genuine attempt at improving his plate discipline, which has always been awful.  He'd already tied last year's 26 walks.  Beltre has five multi-walk games in 2013.  During the previous five years, he had a total of six.  As with Craig Gentry in 2009, the improvement is tangible in terms of both his walk and hit rates.  That said, on the hypothetical basis that he gets to the plate with any frequency,  I wouldn't expect a great deal from him offensively.   

Stars of the Day
AAA: Evan Meek / Mike Olt, Jim Adduci, Yangervis Solarte, Eli Whiteside
AA: Alejandro Selen, Chih-Hsien Chiang
Hi-A: Rougned Odor, Trever Adams, Preston Beck, Luis Sardinas
Lo-A: Joey Gallo, Ryan Rua, David Lyon
Short-A: David Ledbetter, Justin Sprenger / Chris Garia, Ryan Cordell, Cam Schiller
Rookie: Jose Samayoa, Derek Thompson / Jose Cardona, Barrett Serrato

AAA: Round Rock 10, at  Albuquerque (LAD) 7
Record: 45-33, +3.0

Tied at three entering the bottom of the 8th, Albuquerque scored four off Lisalverto Bonilla.  Round Rock responded with seven 9th-inning runs.  3B Mike Olt (.250/.351/.563 since his return) was 2-3 with two walks, as was catcher Eli Whiteside. 2B Yangervis Solarte was 3-5 with a double, and CF Jim Adduci (.255/.355/.421) walked, doubled and hit his ninth homer.

Bonilla (7.84 ERA) has been horrific since retiring nine straight with five strikeouts near the beginning of June.  In five subsequent appearances, he's allowed a .509 OBP and 20 runs in 9.2 innings.

Ben Rowen allowed a walk and single in the 9th but fanned two for his first AAA save.  Evan Meek (4.30 ERA) struck out nine in six innings and gave up two runs.

AA: at Frisco 3, Corpus Christi (HOU) 6
Record: 3-3, -1.0

Carlos Pimentel has a 7.01 ERA in June and peripherals to match.  In 4.1 innings, he permitted seven hits, two walks and five runs (four earned) while striking out four.  DH Alejandro Selen and RF Chih-Hsien Chiang had three hits, one of Chiang's being his seventh homer.

High-A: Myrtle Beach 6, at  Frederick (BAL) 5
Record: 2-1, tied for 1st

The Pelicans drew nine walks and scored four two-out runs following errors by Frederick.  LF Trever Adams (.263/.340/.406) contributed two singles and two walks.  Fellow corner outfielder Preston Beck (.218/.322/.294) was 1-3 with two walks and his third and fourth stolen bases, and DH Rougned Odor stole two bases (giving him 19) and reached on a single and double.  Luis Sardinas reached on two singles and an HBP.  He's been quiet in June (.258/.292/.303) despite very rarely striking out. 

An erratic Luke Jackson (2.56 ERA) fanned nine in 5.2 innings but surrendered four runs on seven hits and three walks. 

Low-A: at Hickory 4, Greensboro (MIA) 3
Record: 3-1, tied for 1st

Joey Gallo (.246/.339/.578) tied Rua for the minor-league lead with 23 homers in the 1st, but Rua (.254/364/.637) regained the lead with an 8th-inning solo shot that also put Hickory ahead 4-3.  Catcher David Lyon (.237/.336/.376) added his second homer and walked twice.  As a team, Hickory drew seven walks and struck out only seven times. 

Gallo and Rua combined have more homers than nine of the other 13 Sally League teams.

Andrew Faulkner (3.00 ERA) yielded two homers but limited the damage to three runs in 6.2 innings.  He walked one and struck out four.

Short-A: at Spokane 8, Boise (CHC) 6
Record: 4-6, -4.0

CF Chris Garia homered twice.  Garia (.250/.286/.525) had two career homers coming into Sunday, and Spokane had none as a team in 2013.  RF Ryan Cordell (.242/.324/.303) doubled twice, and DH Cam Schiller (.200/.317/.371) was 2-4 with a double. 

David Ledbetter surrendered one run on a solo homer in four innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Ledbetter has a tidy .192/.192/.346 opposing line in his first two starts.

When Richard Alvarez loaded the bases with none out in the 9th, Justin Sprenger struck out his first batter and induced a game-ending double play.  Sprenger was pitching on one day of rest, quite unusual for an early short-season contest. 

Rookie: at Rangers 3, Padres 5
Record: 1-3, -2.0

In his pro debut, 23-year-old Mexico-born Jose Samayoa  fanned five and allowed no runs on two hits and a walk in two innings.  How does someone from Mexico debut at such an advanced age?  He moves to the US and attends Lee University in Tennessee and is drafted as a senior in the 9th round.  30th-round, 18-year-old lefty Joe Palumbo was touched for three runs on five hits and a walk in his first professional two innings.  Also debuting was 12th-round lefty Derek Thompson of John A. Logan College in Illinois.  Thompson whiffed two in a 1-2-3 7th. 

CF Jose Cardona led the offense with a double and triple, although he also struck out three times.  1B Barrett Serrato, who spent all of 2012 in Spokane, walked and homered.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
Oklahoma's Nelson Cruz hit his 22nd homer, a grand slam that untied a 3-3 game against Houston-affiliated Round Rock.  Frisco had four All-Stars who were no longer with the team: 1B Chris Davis, C Max Ramirez, P Brian Gordon, P Matt Harrison.  RoughRider Thomas Diamond produced his best post-TJ outing: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 SO.  4th-rounder Joe Wieland’s rookie debut went swimmingly: two innings, one walk, no strikeouts, no damage.

Today's Starters
AAA: Scott Richmond
AA: off
Hi-A: Nick Martinez
Lo-A: CJ Edwards
Short-A: Kelvin Vazquez
Rookie: off

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