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Minor League report: Jackson struggles

8/18/2014

Here's our weekly Sunday report on the Texas Rangers' minor league teams.

ROUND ROCK -- Right-hander Luke Jackson gained success at Double-A Frisco but now he’s endured some difficult outings at Triple-A.

Jackson took the loss against Tacoma on Saturday night as he lasted just 3 2/3 innings. He gave up four runs on five hits with two walks in the 8-7 loss. Jackson struck out six while throwing 73 pitches. In his last outing, the highly touted prospect pitched just one inning against Nashville on Aug. 10. He threw 48 pitches and was taken out after pitching to six hitters in the second inning.

In Double-A Jackson went 8-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 15 games, 14 starts. In three starts at this level, Jackson has a 9.00 ERA with a 10-2 mark and a 2.02 WHIP.

  • CF Jared Hoying hit his career-high 22nd home run on Saturday night, placing him seventh in the Pacific Coast League.

  • LHP Michael Kirkman has pitched well in his last four appearances. He’s allowed no runs over 8 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.

  • SS Luis Sardinas has a four-game hit streak where he’s got six total hits and three runs scored.

    Double-A: Left fielder Nick Williams made his debut for Frisco on Saturday night and produced a double and two runs scored. Williams, the third-best prospect in the Rangers organization by Baseball America, was promoted from Myrtle Beach (Advanced-A) to Frisco this week. A 2012 second-round pick, Williams hit .292 with 28 doubles, 13 home runs and 61 runs scored in Myrtle Beach.

  • 1B Joey Gallo had a five strikeout night on Aug. 13 against Springfield where he left five runners on base. But Gallo seemed to rebound well as he hit his 39th homer this season on Saturday night. Gallo is one behind Iowa’s Kris Bryant (40). Bryant left Saturday’s game to get X-rays on a foot that he fouled a pitch off a few days ago.

  • C J.T. Wise had a stretch where he was hitting .647 in the last five games.

  • RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez is 4-0 with a 0.75 ERA the last four starts.

    Single-A

  • RF Ryan Cordell went 4-for-5 with four RBIs in his debut for Myrtle Beach on Saturday. Cordell hit .333 with nine home runs in 74 games between Hickory and Myrtle Beach.

  • RHP Tyler Smith pitched a season-high seven innings for Hickory in a Saturday night victory over Demarva. Smith allowed no runs in his outing as he struck out five.

  • RHP Dario Beltre (Rookie ball) was able to get out of bases-loaded jam with two strikeouts in a loss to Arizona on Aug. 11.