The Texas Rangers are going to pick up the option on Jonathan Lucroy

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 13 October 2016 at 8:52 pm

The Texas Rangers are going to pick up the 2017 option valued at $5.25 million bucks for 30-year old righty swinging catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the near future.  That was a no brainer based on what the Rangers traded to get him.  Lucroy played in 47 games for the Rangers during the regular season and he was 42 of 152 (.276 avg, .885 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 11 homers and 31 RBI.  He also played in 3 games in the playoffs for the Rangers in which he was 1 for 12 (.083 avg, .167 OPS) with 1 run scored.  Lucroy played in 142 games overall this year for the Rangers and Brewers in which he was 143 of 490 (.292 avg, .855 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 24 homers, 81 RBI and 5 stolen bases.  He made it to the All-Star Team for the second time in his career in 2016.  Lucroy has now played in 852 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 848 of 2,990 (.284 avg, .784 OPS) with 365 runs scored, 90 homers, 418 RBI and 29 stolen bases.  Lucroy should really help the Rangers’ offense and pitching staff in 2017!

Rougned Odor is on fire at the plate right now for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 1:11 pm

22-year old lefty swinging 2B Rougned Odor is turning on a very impressive power display this year for the Texas Rangers.  He has played in 129 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 149 of 526 (.283 avg, .829 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 30 homers, 81 RBI and 12 stolen bases.  In his last 12 games for the Rangers, Odor is 19 for 50 (.380 avg, 1.256 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 7 homers, 19 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Odor has now played in 363 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 360 of 1,338 (.269 avg, .776 OPS) with 176 runs scored, 55 homers, 190 RBI and 22 stolen bases.  The Rangers need Odor to keep raking so they can lock up the American League West early.

Mitch Moreland is hitting well for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 30 August 2016 at 8:34 am

30-year old lefty swinging 1B/DH Mitch Moreland is ripping the ball since the All-Star break for the Texas Rangers.  Moreland has played in 40 games since the All-Star break for the Rangers and he is 34 of 117 (.291 avg, .968 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 11 homers, 21 RBI and 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 119 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 92 of 370 (.249 avg, .790 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 22 homers, 55 RBI and 1 stolen base.  The Rangers need Moreland to keep raking the rest of the way in 2016, as they need his bat to help get them to the playoffs in 2016.

Jonathan Lucroy has hit the ground running for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 7:50 am

30-year old righty swinging catcher Jonathan Lucroy has hit the ground running for the Texas Rangers.  He has played in 13 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 10 for 40 (.250 avg, 1.058 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 6 homers and 11 RBIs.  Lucroy has now played in 108 games for the Rangers and Brewers so far this year and he is 111 of 378 (.294 avg, .864 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 19 homers, 61 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Lucroy has been a perfect addition for the Texas Rangers, as he is a great all-around catcher!

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.

Ian Desmond of the Texas Rangers is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 12:04 pm

30-year old righty swinging outfielder Ian Desmond of the Texas Rangers is an All-Star for the second time in his career.  Desmond has played in 88 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 112 of 348 (.322 avg, .898 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  He has now played in 1,015 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 1,029 of 3,828 (.269 avg, .751 OPS) with 489 runs scored, 125 homers, 487 RBIs and 137 stolen bases.  He pretty much can do it all on the baseball field.

Ian Desmond has been incredible for the Texas Rangers so far this year!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 27 June 2016 at 1:24 pm

30-year old righty swinging outfielder Ian Desmond is rewarding the Texas Rangers for signing him to a 1-year, $8 million dollar deal over this winter.  Desmond was a shortstop until this year, so the Rangers really had faith in him in making a transition to playing the outfield defensively.  Desmond has now played in 75 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 95 of 295 (.322 avg, .898 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 13 homers, 49 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Desmond leads the Rangers in runs scored, RBIs, stolen bases and he is tied for the team lead in homers!  The Rangers will have to ante up if they want to keep Desmond past this year!

Ryan Rua is likely to start losing a lot of playing time for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 13 June 2016 at 8:56 am

26-year old righty swinging outfielder Ryan Rua has really stepped up for the Texas Rangers in 2016.  But, he is going to start losing P.T. starting today when the Rangers activate 33-year old lefty swinging outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the D.L.  Rua has played in 41 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 35 of 123 (.285 avg, .818 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 13 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Choo has played in 9 games in AA+AAA-ball on his two rehab assignments so far this year and he is 12 of 31 (.387 avg, 1.021 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Choo has only played in six 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.

UPDATE:  The Rangers have sent 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jared Hoying back to AAA to open a roster spot for Shin-Soo Choo.  Hoying has played in 11 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 5 for 23 (.217 avg, .497 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.

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.

Ian Desmond is heating up for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 8:45 am

30-year old righty swinging LF Ian Desmond got off to a slow start with the bat for the Texas Rangers, but he’s red hot with the bat lately.  In his last 23 games, Desmond is 27 of 84 (.321 avg, .991 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 4 homers, 17 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Desmond has now played in 33 games overall this year for the Rangers and he is 31 of 123 (.252 avg, .765 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 4 homers, 17 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Desmond is leading the Rangers in stolen bases right now and he is also tied for the team lead in runs scored.  The Rangers hope that Desmond stays hot for a while longer!

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