The Texas Rangers send Shawn Tolleson to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 9:48 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 28-year old righty reliever Shawn Tolleson to AAA.  Tolleson has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-2 with 11 saves, a 7.68 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.  He has given up 53 hits (8 homers) and 10 walks while whiffing 29 batters in his first 36 1/3 innings for the Rangers so far this year.  Tolleson has now pitched in 174 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 11-7 with 46 saves, a 3.84 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Tolleson is already #10 in Rangers’ history with his 46 saves.  Tolleson has really lost it, as he was excellent in his first two years with the Rangers.  They hope he can get straightened out in AAA-ball and help the Rangers later this year.

Jurickson Profar is looking good for the Texas Rangers in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 28 July 2016 at 7:15 am

23-year old switch-hitting infielder Jurickson Profar is looking good for the Texas Rangers this year.  He missed the 2014 and 2015 seasons due to shoulder problems.  The door opened for him for the Rangers when Rougned Odor was serving his suspension for blasting Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista with a few punches.  Profar filled in at 2B for Odor and he played so well that he got to stay with the Rangers.  Profar has played in 48 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 48 of 162 (.296 avg, .762 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 4 homers and 14 RBIs.  Profar has now played in 142 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 118 of 465 (.254 avg, .685 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 11 homers, 42 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  A lot of teams are calling the Rangers for Profar with the trade deadline coming up, but they should only deal him for a #1 starter type of pitcher.

The Texas Rangers acquire Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at 7:29 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 31-year old righty starting pitcher Lucas Harrell and 27-year old lefty reliever Dario Alvarez from the Atlanta Braves for 21-year old righty swinging 2B Travis Demeritte.

Harrell pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Braves this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He gave up 25 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his 29 1/3 innings with the Braves.  Harrell has now pitched in 93 games (67 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 20-35 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  Alvarez has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Braves this year and he was 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He gave up 11 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 28 batters in his first 15 innings this year!  Alvarez has now pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 4-1 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Demeritte came into this season as the Rangers’ #28 prospect according to Baseball America.  Demeritte played in 88 games in A-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 90 for 331 (.272 avg, .935 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 25 homers, 59 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  But he has some holes in his swing as he has whiffed 125 times so far this year.  He played in 298 games in his four years in the minors for the Braves and he was 259 of 1,063 (.244 avg, .820 OPS) with 208 runs scored, 59 homers, 164 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.

This was a case of the price being right to take a flier on Harrell for the starting rotation and Alvarez for the bullpen.

The Texas Rangers release Justin Ruggiano

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at 9:58 am

The Texas Rangers have released 34-year old righty swinging outfielder Justin Ruggiano.  Ruggiano played in 1 game for the Rangers this year and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .750 OPS) with 1 RBI.  He also played in 44 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year in which he was 37 of 164 (.226 avg, .748 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 7 homers, 23 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He has now played in 456 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 323 of 1,260 (.256 avg, .756 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 49 homers, 153 RBIs and 39 stolen bases.  The Rangers won’t miss Ruggiano, but he should also have little trouble finding a new team.

The Texas Rangers call up Joey Gallo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 7:00 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 22-year old lefty swinging 1B/3B/OF Joey Gallo.  Gallo played in 1 game for the Rangers earlier this year and he was 0 for 1 (.000 avg).  He also played in 70 games in AAA-ball this year in which he was 60 for 244 (.246 avg, .939 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 19 homers, 47 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Gallo has walked 53 times against 91 whiffs in AAA-ball this year, so he still has come pretty big holes in his swing.  Gallo has played in 37 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 22 of 109 (.202 avg, .711 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers, 14 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Gallo has walked 15 times against 57 whiffs so far in his career in the show!  He will have to make better contact this time around to stick with the Rangers.  It looks like Gallo will get a lot of P.T. at 1B with Mitch Moreland moving to DH to replace Prince Fielder (done for the season due to neck surgery).

The Texas Rangers DFA Kyle Lohse

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 6:51 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 37-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Lohse for assignment.  Lohse pitched in 2 games (both starts) for the Texas Rangers this year and he was 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA and a 2.14 WHIP.  He gave up 15 hits (4 homers) and 5 walks while whiffing 3 batters in only 9 1/3 innings for the Rangers, as he was hit really, really hard!  Lohse has now pitched in 457 games (418 starts) in his first 16 years in the show and he is 147-143 with 2 saves, a 4.40 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  It looks like Lohse could be at the end of the road as a Major League pitcher.

UPDATE:  (7/29/2016) – Kyle Lohse was rejected an outright assignment to AAA and he has become a free agent.

The Texas Rangers sign Craig Breslow to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 24 July 2016 at 3:56 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 35-year old lefty reliever Craig Breslow to a minor league deal.  Breslow pitched in 15 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Marlins and he was 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  Breslow gave up 21 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his 14 innings with the Marlins.  Breslow has now pitched in 539 games (2 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 22-29 with 8 saves, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  If he shows anything in the minors, the Rangers will likely promote him to the show quickly.

Jeff Russell was a solid pitcher for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 July 2016 at 9:32 am

Righty reliever/starter Jeff Russell was a rock solid pitcher for the Texas Rangers.  Russell pitched in 445 games (39 starts) in his 10 years with the Rangers and he was 42-40 with 134 saves, a 3.73 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  He gave up 735 hits and 295 walks while whiffing 474 batters in his 752 2/3 innings for the Rangers.  He also pitched in 2 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He made the All-Star team twice with the Rangers, once as a starting pitcher (1988) and the next year as a closer (1989)!  Russell pitched in 34 games (24 starts) in 1988 for the Rangers and he was 10-9 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  In 1989, Russell pitched in 71 games (0 starts) with the Rangers in which he was 6-4 with an American League leading 38 saves, a 1.98 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.  He gave up only 45 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 77 batters in 72 2/3 innings for the Rangers in 1989.  Russell is currently #2 in both games pitched (445) and saves (134) in Rangers’ history!  He is also #13 in ERA (3.73), #23 in wins (42), #19 in WHIP (1.37), #21 in innings pitched (752 2/3) and #22 in strikeouts (474) in Rangers’ history!

The Texas Rangers DFA Cesar Ramos

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 22 July 2016 at 7:31 am

The Texas Rangers have designated 32-year old lefty reliever/starter Cesar Ramos for assignment.  Ramos pitched in 16 games (4 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 3-3 with 1 save, a 6.04 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.  He gave up 60 hits (12 homers) and 20 walks while whiffing 27 batters in his 47 2/3 innings for the Rangers this year.  Ramos has now pitched in 267 games (14 starts) in his first 8 years in the show and he is 10-15 with 2 saves, a 4.02 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers have claimed 3B/1B Matt Duffy on waivers from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 July 2016 at 7:27 am

The Texas Rangers have claimed 27-year old righty swinging 3B/1B Matt Duffy off waivers from the Houston Astros and they have sent him to AAA.  Duffy played in 3 games for the Astros this year and he was 0 for 3 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  He also played in 74 games in AAA-ball for the Astros this year and he was 60 for 266 (.226 avg, .653 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 6 homers, 30 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Duffy has now played in 11 games in his first two years in the show and he is 3 for 11 (.273 avg, .697 OPS) with 3 RBIs.  Duffy has also played in 658 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 703 of 2,460 (.286 avg, .818 OPS) with 394 runs scored, 86 homers, 419 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Duffy came into this season as the Astros’ #28 prospect according to Baseball America.  This was a good guy for the Rangers to take a flier on.

UPDATE:  (7/28/2016) – The Rangers have designated Matt Duffy for assignment.  Duffy played in 1 game in AAA-ball for the Rangers and he was 0 for 4 with a whiff.

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