The Farm Report -- 6/3/2014

Rangers Farm Report: Games of Monday 2 June

Stars of the Day
AAA: Ryan Strausborger
Hi-A: Chris Garia, Joey Gallo, Hanser Alberto
Lo-A: Cole Wiper / Nick Vickerson, Joe Jackson, Nomar Mazara

AAA: at Round Rock 1, Omaha (KAN) 7

Record: 26-32, -5.5

Ryan Strausborger (.273/.318/.350) doubled, singled and stole his eighth base (against zero caught).  Ben Rowen (3.06 ERA) retired his only two hitters, and the mercurial Lisalverto Bonilla (5.68 ERA) gave up two runs on five runners in one frame.  Bonilla has maintained the superior control displayed once he dropped down to Frisco last year, but he's catching a ton of plate, as evidenced by his .346/.360/.580 opposing line.  Bonilla is on the 40-man roster but nowhere near consideration for the big-league club.

AA: off

High-A: at Myrtle Beach 4, Carolina (CLE) 10
Record: 37-18, +10.5, magic number 3
Video recap

Luis Parra (4.87 ERA) suffered his worst outing of the season,  allowing eight runs on seven hits and four walks in 4.2 innings.  Sam Stafford permitted no runs of his own but walked four in 2.1 innings and allowed three inherited runners to score.  Even the normally untouchable Alex Claudio surrendered four runners and two (unearned) runs in two innings.

SS Hanser Alberto went 2-3 with a triple and is batting an even .500 with three walks during an eight-game hitting streak.  Perhaps it's just a blip on the radar, but Alberto has struggled to establish his bat at this level, so I'll take it for now.

DH Chris Garia was 3-5, although picked off after his first single, and Joey Gallo drew three walks and struck out.  Gallo has tied last year's total of 50 walks in barely one-half the number of plate appearances.

Myrtle Beach is very close to clinching the first-half division title.  The Pelicans have made the playoff in every season as a Texas affiliate but have never advanced beyond the opening round.

Low-A: at Hickory 9, Charleston (NYY) 6

Record: 29-27, -8.5, elimination number 5

Cole Wiper (.4,02 ERA) got away with a few pitches and allowed two solo homers, but the good outweighed the bad.  Wiper struck out a personal-best nine batters and allowed only three other runners in six innings.  Today is his 22nd birthday. 

RF Nomar Mazara hit his sixth homer and walked.  Since enduring three consecutive hitless games in early May, he's batting a much-improved .284/.340/.516. 

DH Joe Jackson was 3-5 with his second homer, and 3B Nick Vickerson (.290/.444/.413) doubled, singled and walked.  Making his first appearance in a week, OF Jairo Beras (.191/.253/.227) drew a walk and struck out three times.  I have to think Beras is a candidate for short-season Spokane, which begins play next Friday.

OF Evan Van Hoosier (.308/.368/.532, 22 extra-base hits, 5 SB) and RHP Cody Kendall (0.98 ERA, 28 SO in 27.2 IP) will play in the Sally League All-Star game, taking place in Hickory in exactly two weeks.

Five Years Ago Yesterday
OF Brandon Boggs began the second of three increasingly brief stints with the parent club.  Pressed into service during 2008, Boggs provided some value despite a .226 average.  I thought he could sustain a career as a fourth outfielder, as he could take a pitch, hit for power and man any outfield spot without embarrassing himself.  Unfortunately for him, Texas preferred Craig Gentry's skill set, David Murphy hit well enough to hold his job, and Boggs himself couldn't maintain his plate discipline at the highest level.  Now 31, Boggs is playing for Atlanta's AAA squad after beginning the season in indy ball.

Today's Starters
AAA: Phil Irwin
AA: Jerad Eickhoff
Hi-A: Sam Wolff
Lo-A: Chad Bell

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