The Texas Rangers release Justin Ruggiano

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 July 2016 at 9:58 am

The Texas Rangers have released 34-year old righty swinging outfielder Justin Ruggiano.  Ruggiano played in 1 game for the Rangers this year and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .750 OPS) with 1 RBI.  He also played in 44 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year in which he was 37 of 164 (.226 avg, .748 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 7 homers, 23 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He has now played in 456 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 323 of 1,260 (.256 avg, .756 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 49 homers, 153 RBIs and 39 stolen bases.  The Rangers won’t miss Ruggiano, but he should also have little trouble finding a new team.

The Texas Rangers call up Joey Gallo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 7:00 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 22-year old lefty swinging 1B/3B/OF Joey Gallo.  Gallo played in 1 game for the Rangers earlier this year and he was 0 for 1 (.000 avg).  He also played in 70 games in AAA-ball this year in which he was 60 for 244 (.246 avg, .939 OPS) with 50 runs scored, 19 homers, 47 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Gallo has walked 53 times against 91 whiffs in AAA-ball this year, so he still has come pretty big holes in his swing.  Gallo has played in 37 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 22 of 109 (.202 avg, .711 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers, 14 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Gallo has walked 15 times against 57 whiffs so far in his career in the show!  He will have to make better contact this time around to stick with the Rangers.  It looks like Gallo will get a lot of P.T. at 1B with Mitch Moreland moving to DH to replace Prince Fielder (done for the season due to neck surgery).

The Texas Rangers sign Craig Breslow to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 24 July 2016 at 3:56 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 35-year old lefty reliever Craig Breslow to a minor league deal.  Breslow pitched in 15 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Marlins and he was 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP.  Breslow gave up 21 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his 14 innings with the Marlins.  Breslow has now pitched in 539 games (2 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 22-29 with 8 saves, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  If he shows anything in the minors, the Rangers will likely promote him to the show quickly.

The Texas Rangers have claimed 3B/1B Matt Duffy on waivers from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 22 July 2016 at 7:27 am

The Texas Rangers have claimed 27-year old righty swinging 3B/1B Matt Duffy off waivers from the Houston Astros and they have sent him to AAA.  Duffy played in 3 games for the Astros this year and he was 0 for 3 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).  He also played in 74 games in AAA-ball for the Astros this year and he was 60 for 266 (.226 avg, .653 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 6 homers, 30 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Duffy has now played in 11 games in his first two years in the show and he is 3 for 11 (.273 avg, .697 OPS) with 3 RBIs.  Duffy has also played in 658 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 703 of 2,460 (.286 avg, .818 OPS) with 394 runs scored, 86 homers, 419 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Duffy came into this season as the Astros’ #28 prospect according to Baseball America.  This was a good guy for the Rangers to take a flier on.

The Texas Rangers activate Yu Darvish off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 16 July 2016 at 1:41 pm

The Texas Rangers have activated 29-year old righty starting pitcher Yu Darvish off the D.L.  He has pitched in 3 games (all starts) so far this year for the Rangers and he is 2-0 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  Darvish has given up 11 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 19 batters in his first 15 2/3 innings so far this year.  The Rangers have sent 22-year old righty reliever Jose Leclerc to AAA to make room on the roster for Darvish.  Leclerc has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 2.12 WHIP.  That was Leclerc’s first shot at pitching in the show.  Darvish is starting today against the Cubs and they need him to stay healthy this time around!

The Texas Rangers sign Alexei Bell

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 16 July 2016 at 8:07 am

The Texas Rangers have signed 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Alexei Bell to a minor league deal.  Bell played in 9 games in Mexico this year and he was 6 for 35 (.171 avg, .624 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Bell has now played in 16 years in professional ball and he is 1,004 of 3,164 (.317 avg, .949 OPS) with 672 runs scored, 141 homers, 659 RBIs and 133 stolen bases.

Delino DeShields is trying to work his way back to the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 14 July 2016 at 3:40 pm

23-year old righty swinging CF Delino DeShields burst onto the scene last year for the Texas Rangers as a rookie.  He played in 121 games for the Rangers last year and he was 111 of 425 (.261 avg, .718 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 10 triples, 2 homers, 37 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  DeShields went into this season as the Rangers’ starting CF, but boy did he struggle.  He played in 30 games for the Rangers this year and he was 23 of 106 (.217 avg, .596 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  That production earned him a one way ticket to AAA.  He has played in 48 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers since being sent down and he is 47 of 183 (.257 avg, .722 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 3 homers, 16 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  DeShields could get another shot in the near future for the Rangers, if he starts to pick up the pace a little bit with the bat in AAA.

The Texas Rangers have called up Kyle Lohse

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 9 July 2016 at 6:14 am

The Texas Rangers have called up 37-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Lohse.  Lohse pitched in 10 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3-5 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Lohse has pitched in 455 games (416 starts) in his first 15 years in the show and he is 147-141 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  The Rangers have sent 25-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Martinez to AAA to make room on the active roster for Martinez.  Martinez has pitched in 6 games (4 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 6.45 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP.  He has given up 30 hits (4 homers) and 15 walks while whiffing 8 batters in 22 1/3 innings for the Rangers so far this year, so he was getting hit really hard this year.

The Texas Rangers deal Ryan Strausborger to the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at 9:52 pm

The Texas Rangers have dealt 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Ryan Strausborger to the Seattle Mariners for an international bonus slot.  Strausborger played in 45 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 47 of 163 (.288 avg, .750 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 4 homers, 16 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  He got his first taste of the majors last year for the Rangers, working in 31 games in which he was 9 for 45 (.200 avg, .507 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  This is a pretty good deal for the Rangers, as they are deep in the outfield for the 2016 season.

The Texas Rangers call up Michael Roth

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 1:12 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 26-year old lefty reliever/starter Michael Roth.  Roth pitched in 17 games (12 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 7-3 with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  He last pitched in the show back in 2014 for the Los Angeles Angels.  Roth has pitched in 22 games (1 start) in his first two years in the show and he is 2-1 with a 7.79 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.  The Rangers have sent 24-year old righty reliever Luke Jackson to AAA to open up a roster spot for Roth.  He has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 10.80 ERA and a 2.57 WHIP.  He has given up 22 hits (4 homers) and 8 walks while whiffing 3 batters in his 11 2/3 innings with the Rangers, so he got hit really, really hard for them!

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