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!

Delino DeShields played pretty well as a rookie for the Texas Rangers in 2015

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 9:48 pm

The Texas Rangers weren’t expecting a lot out of 23-year old righty swinging 2B/OF Delino DeShields when they took him in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft from the Houston Astros.  He played in 121 games as a rookie for the Rangers last year and he was 111 of 425 (.261 avg, .718 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 10 triples, 2 homers, 37 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  DeShields played well enough to take over in center field and bump Leonys Martin out of a starting gig.  This off-season the Rangers deal Martin to the Seattle Mariners, so they better hope DeShields’ 2015 season was not a fluke.

Jared Hoying has been rock solid this spring for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 31 March 2016 at 12:59 pm

26-year old lefty swinging outfieler Jared Hoying isn’t likely to make the Texas Rangers‘ Opening Day roster, but he has been opening some eyes in camp.  He has played in 8 games in spring training for the Rangers so far and he is 6 for 11 (.545 avg, 2.006 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Hoying played in 129 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers last year and he was 104 of 485 (.214 avg, .696 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 23 homers, 60 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  He has now played in 657 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 635 of 2,462 (.258 avg, .760 OPS) with 373 runs scored, 85 homers, 324 RBIs and 94 stolen bases.

Pedro Ciriaco is raking for the Texas Rangers this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 6:43 pm

30-year old righty swinging infielder Pedro Ciriaco was signed to a minor league deal over the winter, but he’s pushing hard for a roster spot on the Texas Rangers when the 2016 season begins.  Ciriaco has played in 18 games for the Rangers so far this spring and he is 21 of 42 (.500 avg, 1.036 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He played in 84 games for the Braves last year and he was 37 of 142 (.261 avg, .627 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 15 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Ciriaco has now played in 272 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 164 of 612 (.268 avg, .661 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 5 homers, 51 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  Ciriaco is a solid backup player and he just might make the team.

UPDATE:  (3/29/2016) – The Rangers have sent Pedro Ciriaco to the minors to start the 2016 season.

Adrian Beltre is on fire at the plate for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 5 September 2013 at 7:45 am

34-year old righty swinging 3B Adrian Beltre is on fire at the plate right now for the Rangers.  Beltre has played in 137 games overall this year and he is 174 of 541 (.322 avg, .903 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 28 homers, 83 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Since July 1st, Beltre has played in 57 games for the Rangers in which he is 78 of 217 (.359 avg) with 33 runs scored, 14 homers, 41 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Beltre has really pickup the pace at the plate since Nelson Cruz got suspended by Major League Baseball and they need him to stay hot the rest of the way in 2013.

Nelson Cruz could be playing on borrowed time for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 24 July 2013 at 12:24 pm

Ryan Braun got nailed with a 65 game suspension by MLB for his involvment with the Biogenesis Lab in Miami.  33-year old righty swinging RF Nelson Cruz’ name has also appeared in documents and he could be facing a 50 game suspension by MLB.  Cruz has played in 96 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 100 for 367 (.272 avg, .837 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 23 homers, 70 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Cruz is leading the Rangers in both homers and RBIs so far this year.  Cruz has slowed down a little bit so far in July for the Rangers.  He has played in 17 games for the Rangers so far this month and he is 20 for 72 (.278 avg, .751 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs.  The Rangers are likely in the market for a corner outfielder at the trade deadline just in case Cruz is suspended in the near future.

Could the Texas Rangers be showcasing Jurickson Profar?

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 3:22 pm

I think the Rangers are showcasing 20-year old righty swinging SS Jurickson Profar for a trade later this month.  He has played in 32 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 28 of 108 (.259 avg, .705 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs.  Profar has now played in 41 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 31 for 125 (.248 avg, .699 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 4 homers and 11 RBIs.  I think the Rangers are going to be on the hunt for a big time starting pitcher later this month and Profar might be the bait, as he came into this season as the Rangers’ #1 overall prospect according to Baseball America.

Nelson Cruz is pounding the ball in June for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 8:48 am

32-year old righty swinging RF Nelson Cruz is ripping the ball so far in June for the Rangers.  Cruz has played in 25 games for the Rangers so far this month and he is 25 of 92 (.272 avg, .904 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 7 homers, 19 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Cruz has now played in 77 games so far this year for the Rangers and he is 76 of 287 (.265 avg, .848 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 20 homers, 58 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Cruz is leading the Rangers right now in both homers and RBIs, as he has been clutch.  It doesn’t seem as if being mentioned in the Biogenesis Scandal is effecting him….yet.

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