Rougned Odor has his suspension trimmed to seven games for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 11:15 pm

22-year old lefty swinging 2B Rougned Odor has had his suspension trimmed from 8 games to 7 games for the Texas Rangers.  The suspension will start tomorrow.  Odor has played in 46 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 49 of 187 (.262 avg, .731 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 7 homers, 25 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Rangers will call up 23-year old switch-hitting infielder Jurickson Profar to take over at 2B while Odor is serving his suspension.  Profar has played in 41 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 48 of 169 (.284 avg, .782 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 26 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Profar has played in 94 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 70 for 303 (.231 avg, .645 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Rangers hope that Profar takes advantage of this opportunity.

The Texas Rangers place Drew Stubbs on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:46 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Drew Stubbs on the 15-day disabled list due to a toe injury.  Stubbs has played in 10 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .835 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Stubbs has now played in 30 games for the Braves and Rangers overall this year and he is 13 for 53 (.245 avg, .686 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  But, he still has huge holes in his swing as he has whiffed 25 times so far this year.

The Texas Rangers call up Joey Gallo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:42 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 22-year old lefty swinging 3B/OF Joey Gallo.  Gallo played in 24 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 22 of 83 (.265 avg, 1.054 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers and 20 RBIs.  Gallo got his first taste of the majors in 2015 with the Rangers.  He played in 36 games for the Rangers last year and he was 22 of 108 (.204 avg, .717 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers, 14 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  But, his big time power also comes with a lot of holes in his swing, as he whiffed 57 times against only 15 walks last year for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers DFA Patrick Kivlehan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:38 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 26-year old righty swinging OF/1B/3B Patrick Kivlehan for assignment.  Kivlehan played in 36 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 26 of 141 (.184 avg, .514 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has played in 497 games in his five years in the minors and he is 533 of 1,903 (.280 avg, .810 OPS) with 279 runs scored, 71 homers, 334 RBIs and 56 stolen bases.

The Texas Rangers call up Jared Hoying

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 4:02 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jared Hoying.  Hoying has played in 41 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he is 51 of 160 (.319 avg, .959 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 32 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Hoying has now played in 698 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 686 of 2,622 (.262 avg, .772 OPS) with 400 runs scored, 92 homers, 356 RBIs and 107 stolen bases.  This will be Hoying’s first shot at playing in the show!

Josh Hamilton is done for the 2016 season for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 3:57 pm

35-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton needs another surgery on his left knee and it will end his 2016 season for the Texas Rangers.  Hamilton played in 1 game in AA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  Hamilton played in 50 games for the Rangers last year and he was 43 of 170 (.253 avg, .732 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 8 homers and 25 RBIs.  He has now played in 697 games in his first six years with the Rangers and he is 814 of 2,697 (.302 avg, .901 OPS) with 441 runs scored, 150 homers, 531 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.  He was the American League MVP for the Texas Rangers in 2010.  In his first tour of duty with the Rangers (2008-2012), he was an American League All-Star in every season and he won three Silver Slugger Awards.

Nomar Mazara is playing well for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 9:56 am

When Shin-Soo Choo was injured in early April, the Texas Rangers called up 21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nomar Mazara and he has started in right field ever since.  With Choo finally back, Mazara will move to LF.  Mazara came into this season as the Rangers’ #3 prospect according to Baseball America.  Mazara has played in 35 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 40 for 134 (.299 avg, .780 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 13 RBIs.  But, in his last 10 games, Mazara is only 9 for 37 (.243 avg, .599 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  The Rangers hope that Mazara adjusts to what the pitchers have been doing to him lately.

The Texas Rangers have activated Shin-Soo Choo off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 11:37 pm

The Texas Rangers have activated 33-year old lefty swinging RF Shin-Soo Choo off of the D.L.  Choo played in 2 games in AAA-ball on his rehab assignment from a calf injury and he was 3 for 8 (.375 avg, 1.319 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 5 games for the Rangers earlier this year before going on the D.L. and he was 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .597 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Choo has now played in 277 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 266 of 1,026 (.259 avg, .779 OPS) with 154 runs scored, 35 homers, 123 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  The Rangers are glad to have Choo back!

UPDATE:  (5/23/2016) – The Texas Rangers have placed Shin-Soo Choo right back on the D.L., retroactive to May 21st due to a strained left hamstring.  Choo has played in 6 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .646 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Choo has walked 6 times while whiffing 4 times so far this year.  The Rangers hope that he will be ready to return to action in a couple of weeks.

The Texas Rangers send Andrew Faulkner to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 3:52 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 23-year old lefty reliever Andrew Faulkner to AAA.  He pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 7.94 ERA and a 2.12 WHIP.  He gave up 8 hits (3 homers), 4 walks and 2 wild pitches while whiffing 1 batter in 5 2/3 innings this year for the Rangers.  He has now pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers yank the closer role from Shawn Tolleson

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 3:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have yanked 28-year old righty reliever Shawn Tolleson from the closers’ role after he gave up a walkoff grand slam to Khris Davis of the Oakland A’s yesterday in a 8-5 loss!  Tolleson pitched in 137 games (0 starts) for the Rangers in his first two years with the team (2014 and 2015) and he was 9-5 with 35 saves, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  All 35 of those saves came in 2015 for the Rangers.  But, this year…..he has stunk it up…..BIG TIME!  Tolleson has pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-2 with an American League leading 11 saves, a 9.20 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.  He has given up 23 hits (5 homers) and 5 walks while whiffing 11 batters in his first 14 2/3 innings this year…..as he has been getting hit really hard so far this year!  28-year old righty Sam Dyson will get the next shot to close for the Rangers.  Dyson has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-1 with 2 saves, a 1.89 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  Dyson has given up 15 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 13 batters in his first 19 innings this year!  Dyson has now pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 2-2 with 4 saves, a 1.43 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP!  I think Dyson will do a solid job for the Rangers.

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