The Texas Rangers need more production from their catchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Saturday 30 April 2016 at 10:24 am

With Robinson Chirinos out with a broken forearm, the Texas Rangers could look to make a deal for a catcher if 28-year old righty swinging Bryan Holaday and 27-year old lefty swinging Brett Nicholas don’t start picking up the pace with the bat.  Holaday has played in 12 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 6 for 35 (.171 avg, .456 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  Nicholas has played in 7 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 6 for 25 (.240 avg, .776 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs.  There were whispers over the winter that the Rangers had inquired with the Brewers about Jonathan Lucroy and the Padres about Derek Norris.  I could look to the Rangers re-visiting those conversations if Holaday and Nicholas don’t start hitting better in the near future.

The Texas Rangers release Cody Buckel

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 12:51 pm

The Texas Rangers have released 23-year old righty starter/reliever Cody Buckel.  Buckel pitched in 4 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.  Buckel has pitched in 119 games (61 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 23-29 with a 3.99 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Buckel has whiffed 412 batters so far in his minor league career in only 372 1/3 innings and he has only given up 298 hits, but, he has also walked 213 batters so far in his career and that’s way too many.  The Rangers won’t miss Buckel down the road, because he just doesn’t throw enough strikes to be effective.

A.J. Griffin is looking good for the Texas Rangers so far this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 April 2016 at 1:00 pm

28-year old righty starting pitcher A.J. Griffin missed the last three seasons due to injury, but he hasn’t looked rusty so far this year for the Texas Rangers.  Griffin has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Griffin has given up 13 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 12 batters in his first 17 innings pitched so far this year, as he has been impressive.  Griffin has now pitched in 50 games (all starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 23-11 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  If Griffin can stay healthy, he is going to help the Rangers in 2016.

The Texas Rangers send Nick Martinez to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 3:21 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 25-year old righty reliever/starter Nick Martinez.  Martinez pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Rangers so far this year and he was 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA and a 9.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 54 games (45 starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 12-20 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Martinez will likely be back at some point in 2016 for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers release Burke Badenhop

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 11:55 am

The Texas Rangers have released 33-year old righty reliever Burke Badenhop.  Badenhop pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 9.64 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP.  He has pitched in 418 games (10 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 20-27 with 4 saves, a 3.74 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  This is not much of a loss moving forward for the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers call up Cesar Ramos

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 7:58 am

The Texas Rangers have called up 31-year old lefty starter/reliever Cesar Ramos and he will start tonight against the Yankees.  He is replacing Cole Hamels, who has a minor groin injury (if there is such a thing).  Ramos has pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball so far this year for the Rangers and he is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP.  Ramos has pitched in 251 games (10 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 7-12 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  In Ramos’ first ten starts in the majors, he is 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP…..so don’t expect miracles tonight!

Joey Gallo is raking in AAA-ball for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:07 am

22-year old lefty swinging 3B/OF Joey Gallo is ripping the ball in AAA for the Texas Rangers.  Gallo has played in 13 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 13 of 46 (.283 avg, 1.023 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBIs.  He played in 36 games in his first taste of the show 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, he also whiffed an amazingly awful 57 times for the Rangers last year!  Gallo has now played in 396 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 368 of 1,423 (.259 avg, .973 OPS) with 288 runs scored, 131 homers, 320 RBIs, 30 stolen bases and an amazing 581 whiffs.  It will be interesting to see how the Rangers handle Gallo.  After all, they did sign Adrian Beltre to a 2-year extension earlier this year.  I’m starting to think that Gallo could be prime trade bait come July if the Rangers are in contention for the playoffs.

Derek Holland is looking good for the Texas Rangers so far in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 22 April 2016 at 8:01 am

29-year old lefty starting pitcher Derek Holland is looking good so far this year for the Texas Rangers.  Holland has pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He has only given up 13 hits and walked 5 batters while whiffing 14 of them in his first 16 2/3 innings pitched.  The Rangers hope that Holland can stay healthy, as he only pitched in 16 games (15 starts) combined in 2014 and 2015 in which he was 6-3 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Holland has now pitched in 160 games (141 starts) in his first 8 years with the Rangers and he is 57-41 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Holland is moving up in the Rangers’ record book!  He is currently #11 in wins with 57 of them.  He is also #41 in games pitched (160), #10 in games started (141), #12 in innings pitched (894 1/3), #8 in strikeouts (737), tied for #6 in shutouts (8) with Jim Bibby, tied for #44 in shutouts (8), #14 in WHIP (1.31) and he is tied with Jim Bibby for 26th in Rangers’ history in ERA (4.25).  If Holland can stay healthy, he will keep on moving up in the Rangers’ record book while also helping them win!

The Texas Rangers place Keone Kela on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 21 April 2016 at 6:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have placed 23-year old righty reliever Keone Kela on the 15-day disabled list due to a right elbow impingement.  If he needs surgery to fix his elbow, he could miss up to the next three months.  Kela has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Kela has now pitched in 75 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 8-5 with 1 save, a 2.84 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  The Rangers have called 26-year old righty reliever Phil Klein to replace Kela in the pen.  Klein pitched in 2 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  Klein has now pitched in 30 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  The Rangers are going to miss Kela, as he was a key to their bullpen as a rookie in 2015.

Tom Wilhelmsen has been absolutely awful so far this year for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Sunday 17 April 2016 at 10:12 am

When the Texas Rangers traded Leonys Martin to the division rival Seattle Mariners over the winter for 32-year old righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, they thought they were getting a late game reliever to help the pen.  He pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Mariners last year and he was 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  So on the surface, the deal made a lot of sense for the Rangers, but it just hasn’t worked out so far this year.  Wilhelmsen has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 22.50 ERA and a 3.75 WHIP.  He has given up 12 hits (4 homers), 10 runs (all earned), walked 3 batters and he has hit one batter in only 4 innings pitched this year.  The Rangers are going to have to cut ties with Wilhelmsen if this continues much longer.

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