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Nelson Cruz to get his big chance in 2009 with the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 31 March 2009 at 7:46 pm

The Rangers have handed the starting RF job to 28-year old righty swinging Nelson Cruz. Cruz played in 31 games for the Rangers last season in which he was 38 for 115 (.330 avg, 1.030 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 7 homers, 26 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Cruz also played in 104 games in AAA+Rookie Ball last season in which he was 132 for 387 (.341 avg) with 94 runs scored, 37 homers, 100 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. Cruz does have above average range in RF but he made 2 errors in 31 games there last season for the Rangers.

26-year old switch hitting Brandon Boggs played in 101 games for the Rangers last season in which he was 64 for 283 (.226 avg, .732 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 8 homers, 41 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Boggs only played in 3 games in RF last season for the Rangers without making any errors. He also played in 76 games in RF last season only making 3 errors while showing good range.

Marlon Byrd played in 39 games in RF last season for the Rangers making 3 errors while showing outstanding range. David Murphy played in 56 games in RF last season for the Rangers making 1 error while showing good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B

Center Field is deep for the Texas Rangers in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 31 March 2009 at 7:37 pm

The Rangers have a lot of depth in CF for the 2009 season. It all starts with 27-year old lefty swinging Josh Hamilton. Hamilton played in 156 games for the Rangers last season in which he was 190 for 624 (.304 avg, .901 OPS) with 98 runs scored, 32 homers, 130 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Hamilton showed above average range in 111 games in CF for the Rangers last season while making 5 errors. His future is likely at a corner outfield spot but for now he’s a good enough defender to handle CF.

31-year old righty swinging Andruw Jones was a huge flop for the Dodgers last season. He played in 75 games for the Dodgers last season and he was 33 for 209 (.158 avg, .505 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers and 14 RBIs. Jones played 66 games in CF for the Dodgers last season and he showed below average range while only making 1 error. His whole game is on the downslide. Still, it was worth a gamble to give Jones a chance as he does have 371 career homers in the majors.

23-year old righty swinging Greg Golson is the Rangers’ #26 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 6 games for the Phillies last season in which he was 0 for 6 (.000 avg) with 2 runs scored. Golson also played in 106 games in AA-ball last season in which he was 120 for 426 (.282 avg, .767 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 13 homers, 60 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.

Veteran Marlon Byrd can also handle CF quite well defensively. He played in 57 games there last season showing outstanding range while making 3 errors.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A

Left Field looks like a platoon position for the Texas Rangers in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 31 March 2009 at 7:29 pm

27-year old lefty swinging David Murphy and 31-year old righty swinging Marlon Byrd appear to be set up to platoon in 2009. Murphy played in 108 games last season for the Rangers and he was 114 for 415 (.275 avg, .786 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 15 homers, 74 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Murphy only made 1 error in 54 games in LF last season for the Rangers while showing good range. Marlon Byrd played in 122 games for the Rangers last season in which he was 120 for 403 (.298 avg, .842 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 10 homers, 53 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He didn’t make any errors in 31 games in LF for the Rangers last season while showing outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B

The Texas Rangers claim Joe Koshansky off waivers from the Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Sunday 29 March 2009 at 3:19 pm

The Rangers have claimed 26-year old lefty swinging 1B off waivers from the Rockies. Koshansky played in 122 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies last season and he was 137 for 457 (.300 avg, .980 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 30 homers and 121 RBIs. He also played in 18 games for the Rockies in which he was 8 for 38 (.211 avg, .776 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs. Koshansky was the #29 rated prospect in the Rockies’ minor league system heading into this season according to Baseball America. Koshansky played in 35 games for the Rockies in his major league career in which he was 9 for 50 (.180 avg, .676 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 3 homers and 10 RBIs. This was a good move for the Rangers as Koshansky has a nice upside.

UPDATE: The Rangers have lost Joe Koshansky on waivers to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Texas Rangers have released Brendan Donnelly

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 27 March 2009 at 4:44 pm

The Rangers have released veteran righty reliever Brendan Donnelly. He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this spring and he was 0-0 with a 7.50 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP. Donnelly also allowed a stunning 13 hits in only 6 innings for the Rangers this spring. This could be the end of the road for Donnelly but some team might give him a chance. The Rangers feel like he wouldn’t have helped them this season and that’s the reason he was let go.

The Texas Rangers sign Jimmy Gobble

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 24 March 2009 at 5:58 am

The Rangers have signed 27-year old lefty Jimmy Gobble to a minor league contract. Gobble pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Royals last season and he was 0-2 with 1 save, a 8.81 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP. He has now pitched in 235 games (43 starts) in his major league career in which he is 22-23 with 4 saves, a 5.23 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP. This signing just shows how desperate the Rangers are for pitching as Gobble isn’t too good.

UPDATE: Jimmy Gobble was released by the Rangers as it didn’t even take them a week to evaluate him in person.

The DH job belongs to Hank Blalock in 2009 for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 March 2009 at 4:15 pm

28-year old lefty swinging Hank Blalock will be the starting DH for the Rangers in 2009. He played in 65 games for the Rangers last season and he was 74 for 258 (.287 avg, .846 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 12 homers and 38 RBIs. From 2003-2006, Blalock averaged 88 runs scored, 25.5 homers and 95.3 RBIs per season and the Rangers would likely settle for those kinds of numbers again in 2009.

34-year old lefty swinging Frank Catalanotto could also get some P.T. at DH this season. He played in 88 games for the Rangers last season and he was 68 for 248 (.274 avg, .741 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 2 homers and 21 RBIs. He’s a better hitter than that though as his career batting average is .292 with a .807 OPS.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C+

Michael Young is moving to the hot corner in 2009 for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 March 2009 at 4:11 pm

32-year old righty swinging Michael Young will be shifting to 3B this season to make room for rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus. He played in 155 games for the Rangers last season in which he was 183 for 645 (.284 avg, .741 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 12 homers, 82 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. Look for Young to get back to the 200 hit plateau in 2009 as long as he stays healthy. He should also adjust to 3B soon as he only made 11 errors in 152 games at shortstop last season for the Rangers while showing good range.

26-year old righty swinging Travis Metcalf will likely be Young’s caddy in 2009. He played in 23 games for the Rangers last season and he was 13 for 56 (.232 avg, .868 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 6 homers and 14 RBIs. He only made 1 error in 19 games at 3B last season for the Rangers but he showed poor range. Metcalf also played in 71 games in AAA-ball in which he was 67 for 265 (.253 avg, .670 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 5 homers and 37 RBIs.

24-year old righty swinging German Duran also played a lot of 3B for the Rangers last season. He played in 60 games for the Rangers last season and he was 33 for 143 (.231 avg, .625 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs. Duran didn’t play well at the hot corner last season as he made 5 errors in 30 games there last season while showing poor range.

Hank Blalock is still around but the Rangers are trying him at DH as they attempt to keep him healthy. Blalock played in 31 games for the Rangers at 3B last season and he made 4 errors there while showing average range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B+

The Texas Rangers going in a new direction at shortstop in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Thursday 12 March 2009 at 12:56 pm

The Rangers are moving All-Star shortstop Mike Young to 3B for the 2009 season opening up the position for 20-year old righty swinging Elvis Andrus. Andrus played in 118 games in AA-ball last season and he was 142 for 482 (.295 avg, .717 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 4 homers, 65 RBIs and 54 stolen bases. Andrus has a reputation of being a good defensive shortstop but he’s made a lot of errors in the minors. Still, Andrus has a really high upside so the Rangers will likely let him learn on the job in 2009.

If Andrus is overmatched, look for the Rangers to insert 41-year old switch hitting Omar Vizquel. Vizquel was signed on to mentor Andrus and show him the ropes. Vizquel played in 92 games for the Giants last season and he was 59 for 266 (.222 avg, .550 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 23 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. The Rangers hope that Vizquel can hit more like his career norms of .273 with a .693 OPS in 2,680 games. It appears that Vizquel wants to try to hang on to get 3,000 hits in his career and he is only 343 short. Vizquel’s range was poor at shortstop last season but he still makes plays every time he can get to the ball as he only made 2 errors in 84 games there last season.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C

The Texas Rangers need Ian Kinsler to stay healthy all year in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 1 March 2009 at 8:22 pm

The Rangers need 26-year old righty swinging 2B Ian Kinsler to stay healthy for the whole year in 2009. He played in 121 games for the Rangers last season and he was 165 for 518 (.319 avg, .892 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 18 homers, 71 RBIs and 26 stolen bases. Kinsler made 18 errors last season in 121 games for the Rangers at 2B. But, he also shows outstanding range which resulted in him leading the majors with 123 double plays. Kinsler has averaged 123.7 games in his three years with the Rangers and he has averaged 87.7 runs scored, 17.3 homers, 62.3 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Just imagine the numbers he could put up with 150+ games.

24-year old righty swinging Joaquin Arias will likely get a chance to make the Rangers as a utility infielder this spring. He played in 32 games for the Rangers last year and he was 32 for 110 (.291 avg, .754 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 9 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He made 2 errors in 30 games for the Rangers at 2B last season while showing below average range. Arias also played in 104 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 128 for 432 (.296 avg, .750 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 7 homers, 49 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.

24-year old righty swinging German Duran played in 60 games for the Rangers last season and he was 33 for 143 (.231 avg, .625 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs. Duran played in 17 games for the Rangers at 2B last season and he didn’t make any errors while showing poor range as he’s a natural 3B.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A

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