Ryan Cordell is raking in the minors for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 11:16 am

24-year old righty swinging OF/3B/1B Ryan Cordell came into this season as the Texas Rangers‘ #11 prospect according to Baseball America.  Cordell has played in 24 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 31 of 91 (.341 avg, 1.045 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 6 homers, 24 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Cordell has now played in 301 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 331 of 1,166 (.272 avg, .816 OPS) with 205 runs scored, 41 homers, 181 RBIs and 61 stolen bases.  He could get promoted to AAA soon and make his Major League debut later in 2016, if he keeps hitting like he is in the minors right now!

Colby Lewis is looking good so far this year for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 5 May 2016 at 11:12 am

36-year old righty starting pitcher Colby Lewis is looking good so far this year for the Texas Rangers.  Lewis has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  He has given up 40 hits (8 homers) and 11 walks while whiffing 27 batters in his first 38 innings pitched.  So he has been getting hit kind of hard, but he is limiting the damage due to his solid control.  Lewis has now pitched in 192 games (181 starts) in his first 9 years with the Rangers and he is 73-65 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Lewis amazingly is #6 in Rangers’ history with his 73 wins!  He is also #28 in games pitched (192), #6 in games started (181), #31 in ERA (4.71), #17 in WHIP (1.36), #7 in innings pitched (1,096) and #6 in strikeouts (887) in Rangers’ history.

The Texas Rangers have designated Chris Gimenez for assignment

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 2:21 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 33-year old righty swinging C/1B Chris Gimenez for assignment.  Gimenez played in 7 games in AAA-ball on a rehab assignment this year and he was 6 of 25 (.240 avg, .705 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  Gimenez played in 70 games in his two years with the Rangers and he was 53 of 205 (.259 avg, .750 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 5 homers, 25 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

UPDATE:  (5/4/2016) – The Texas Rangers have dealt Chris Gimenez to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.

The Texas Rangers acquire Bobby Wilson from the Tigers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 2:18 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 33-year old righty swinging catcher Bobby Wilson from the Detroit Tigers for 27-year old lefty starter/reliever Chad Bell.  Wilson played in 5 games for the Tigers this year and he was 2 for 13 (.154 avg, .354 OPS) with 2 RBIs.  Wilson has now played in 254 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 109 of 538 (.203 avg, .565 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 9 homers and 53 RBIs.  Bell pitched in 5 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  Wilson was traded along with pitcher Myles Jaye to the Tigers for catcher Bryan Holaday.

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!

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