The Farm Report -- 5/31/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Friday 30 May

Stars of the Day
AAA: Miles Mikolas / Brad Snyder, J.P Arencibia, Jared Hoying
AA: Jon Edwards / Guilder Rodriguez
Hi-A: Jose Leclerc / Nick Williams, Joey Gallo
Lo-A: Nick Vickerson, Joe Jackson, Travis Demeritte

AAA: at Round Rock 12, New Orleans (MIA) 4
Record: 25-29, -4.0

Spot-starter Miles Mikolas allowed two hits, walked none and struck out five in five scoreless innings.  I'm told his fastball ran a steady 94-96 and touched 97.  Mikolas hadn't started since 2009 as a rookie in the Northwest League, where he faced Robbie Ross twice.

Actually, I shouldn't use the term spot starter.  Round Rock  appears to be on the cusp of employing  a 13-man rotation.

Recent waiver-claim Phil Irwin retired only four of nine batters, struck out two and allowed three runs.  The 27-year-old righty has one MLB appearance, wherein he allowed four runs with six hits, four walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings.  Irwin is trying to recover the superior control he possessed before 2013, when elbow trouble and eventual ulnar nerve transposition surgery (not Tommy John) washed out his 2013.

RF Brad Snyder (.278/.350/.572) hit his ninth homer of May and 16th overall.  Snyder's personal home run record is 25 set with AAA Iowa in 2010.  J.P. Arencibia (.308/.341/.564) hit his third homer in ten games.  Both he and Snyder also singled and doubled.  CF Jared Hoying walked twice and singled.

AA: Frisco 4, at Springfield (STL) 8
Record: 32-21, +3.5

Spot-starter Ryan Bores allowed six runs in the 2nd on an error, three singles, a walk and grand slam.  Because of the sequence, none of the runs was earned.  Bores has a 3.57 ERA despite allowing 33 runners in 17.2 innings.  Having pitched to one batter in 11 days, Jon Edwards (7.20 ERA) tossed three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.  Elder statesman Guilder Rodriguez reached on two singles and a walk.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 12, Carolina (CLE) 6

Record: 35-17, +8.5, magic number 9, 6-game win streak
Video recap

Joey Gallo erased a 6-3 deficit in the 5th with his 19th homer and put the Pelicans ahead for good in the 7th with a grand slam.  Gallo struck out twice and walked in his other appearances.  He leads all of minor league baseball in homers (20), slugging (.750) and walks (45) and ranks second or third in OBP (.457), runs (49), runs batted in (47).  Myrtle Beach, by the way, has a pitcher-friendly park in a pitcher-friendly league.

Nick Williams went 3-5 with his 16th double and fifth homer.  After a slow April, he's hitting .370/.417/.590 in May.

Sam Wolff (3.32 ERA) started instead of the listed Jason Knapp and allowed two runs on a homer, one other hit and a walk in three innings.  Knapp entered to pitch the 4th and gave up two runs on two hits and three walks.  Only Jose Leclerc (1.66 ERA) shut down the opposition (despite three walks), striking out four in two hitless innings.

Low-A: Hickory 6, at Greenville (BOS) 7
Record: 26-27, -10.5

Travis Demeritte (.232/.312/.476) singled and smacked his tenth homer.  He trails only Asheville's Correlle Prime for the league lead.  LF Joe Jackson (.362/.406/.500) went 3-4 with a triple and HBP, and 3B Nick Vickerson drew three walks.

In his first game in five weeks, CF Lewis Brinson recorded a single in four at-bats.  Brinson showed good range in center, evidently not troubled by the quad that sidelined him.

Akeem Bostick (4.86 ERA) worked through four innings with relative ease, facing only two over the minimum and allowing one run.  He couldn't complete the 6th, yielding five more runs on a walk and four hits.  Bostick struck out two.

The Boston-affiliated Drive play in a stadium that mimics Fenway Park's dimensions and includes a tall, if not quite monstrous, wall in left.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
"Stockton’s radio announcer mentioned that impending rain could be problematic because Bakersfield doesn’t own a tarp."  Those were the days.  Justin Smoak's minor oblique injury turned into a three-week encampment on the DL. 

Today's Starters
AAA: Ryan Feierabend
AA: Alec Asher
Hi-A: Andrew Faulkner
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez

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