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.

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.

The Texas Rangers call up Nick Martinez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 4:27 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Martinez.  Martinez pitched in 2 games (both starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 53 games (45 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 12-19 with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  The Rangers have sent 23-year old lefty reliever Andrew Faulkner to AAA to make room on the roster for Martinez.  Faulkner pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 8.31 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Faulkner will probably get another chance with the Rangers at some point in 2016.

The Texas Rangers send Phil Klein to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 12:31 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 26-year old righty reliever Phil Klein to AAA, through no fault of his own.  He pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  He whiffed 3 batters in 3 innings and no one got on base against him.  He has now pitched in 30 games (2 starts) for the Rangers 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 have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Alex Claudio to replace Klein in the pen.  He pitched in 1 game out of the pen in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.  Claudio has pitched in 33 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Klein will be back with the Rangers at some point in 2016 and Claudio could help them right now due to his funky delivery.

Lewis Brinson is officially on the fast track for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 6:46 am

21-year old righty swinging CF Lewis Brinson comes into this season as the Texas Rangers‘ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  Brinson played in 100 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Rangers last year and he was 132 of 398 (.332 avg, 1.004 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 20 homers, 69 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  He has now played in 365 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 405 of 1,429 (.283 avg, .855 OPS) with 245 runs scored, 61 homers, 213 RBIs and 68 stolen bases.  Delino DeShields better get off to a good start in 2016, because Brinson is going to be breathing down his back.

The Texas Rangers send A.J. Griffin to AAA

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 4 April 2016 at 1:19 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 28-year old righty starting pitcher A.J. Griffin to AAA to start the 2016 season.  Griffin pitched in 4 games (all starts) in A+AAA-ball for the A’s last year and he was 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.  He last pitched in the show back in 2013 for the Oakland A’s.  He has pitched in 47 games (all starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 21-11 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  The Rangers might bring him back up this Friday, or they could still make a deal for a starting pitcher as rumors have been flying about the Indians and Rangers talking trade.

The Texas Rangers send Cesar Ramos to AAA

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 11:21 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 31-year old lefty reliever Cesar Ramos to AAA to begin the 2016 season.  Ramos pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in spring training for the Rangers and he was 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He pitched in 65 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Ramos has now pitched in 251 games (10 starts) in his first 7 years in the show and he is 7-12 with 1 save, a 3.70 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Ramos will pitch with the Rangers at some point in 2016.

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