The Farm Report -- 6/1/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Saturday 31 May

Stars of the Day
AAA: Bryan Petersen
AA: Alec Asher / Guilder Rodriguez, Jake Smolinski, Jake Skole
Hi-A: Andrew Faulkner / Joey Gallo
Lo-A: Kelvin Vasquez, Ricardo Rodriguez / Joe Jackson, Ronald Guzman, Travis Demeritte

AAA: at Round Rock 5, Omaha (KAN) 2

Record: 25-30, -5.0

In 1.2 innings, Tanner Scheppers struck out two and allowed an infield single and no-doubt homer (on what wasn't that bad of a pitch).  His fastball has ranged from 93 to 97 lately.  He's still working to regain control (15 strikes, 13 balls) and command.

RF Bryan Petersen (.249/.330/.425) walked twice and singled.  Starter Ryan Feierabend gave up four runs in 6.2 innings.

AA: Frisco 9, at Springfield (STL) 1
Record: 33-21, +4.5

Alec Asher (3.64 ERA) worked through six innings on 92 pitches, allowing a solo homer, five other hits and two walks.  He struck out one.  Asher's strikeout rate has fallen to 20% from 25% last year in Myrtle Beach.  Jimmy Reyes, Wilmer Font and Keone Kela divided the latter third equally.

CF Jake Skole reached on two doubles and a single.  Skole batted .257/.329/.392 in May, DH Jake Smolinski hit his eighth homer and singled, and SS Guilder Rodriguez went 4-5.

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 2, Carolina (CLE) 0

Record: 36-17, +9.5, magic number 6, 7-game win streak.
Video recap

Texas's 14th rounder from South Aiken high school in South Carolina has never pitched better  than during the last two months.  Andrew Faulkner faced two over the minimum in seven resplendent innings, allowing two singles and a walk while striking out seven.  Faulkner is fourth in the league with a 2.28 ERA and third with 58 strikeouts.  In March, I watched Faulkner retire two of eight batters and allow two homers.  He hasn't permitted a homer during the regular season.

Fresh off watching his Clemson Tigers bow out of the NCAA Regionals in two games, Will Lamb issued two walks and struck out his other four opponents.

Joey Gallo (.322/.460/.764) crushed a high fastball for his 21st homer.  In his next at-bat, with a runner on first, he was "unintentionally" walked on four pitches.  Catcher Jorge Alfaro (.287/.347/.500 in May) doubled and walked.

Low-A: Hickory 7, at Greenville (BOS) 1
Record: 27-27, -9.0

Travis Demeritte (.234/.316/.491) walked and hit his 11th homer, joining Correlle Prime for the league in all of low-A.   I didn't have a specific expectation for Demeritte's power, but in retrospect, I would have been pleased with 15 homers for all of 2014.

1B Ronald Guzman (.224/.294/.329) doubled twice, and LF Joe Jackson was 2-4 with a double and walk. 

Throwing secondaries for strikes will inflate your low-A strikeout total in a hurry.  Kelvin Vasquez (4.17 ERA) fanned seven of 22 batters across five innings, allowing an unearned run on six hits and a walk.  Ricardo Rodriguez (4.05 ERA) struck out five and surrendered four runners in three innings.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
I worried about Neftali Feliz's degraded peripherals (in the mathematical, not moral, sense):
"Neftali Feliz, starts in which BB >= SO:
Clinton, 2008: 1 of 17
Frisco, 2008: 3 of 10
OKC, 2009: 4 of 9"

Today's Starters
AAA: Daniel McCutchen
AA: Edwar Cabrera
Hi-A: Victor Payano
Lo-A: Tyler Smith

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