The Texas Rangers sign Carlos Gomez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 9:25 am

The Texas Rangers have signed 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league deal.  Gomez played in 85 games earlier this year for the Astros and he was 62 of 295 (.210 avg, .594 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 5 homers, 29 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Gomez whiffed 100 times against only 21 walks earlier this year for the Astros, as he looked overmatched at times.  Gomez has now played in 1,171 games in his first 10 years in the show and he was 970 of 3,794 (.256 avg, .721 OPS) with 554 runs scored, 108 homers, 429 RBIs and 234 stolen bases.  Gomez will start out in AAA-ball for the Rangers, but I have a feeling that he could be called up before rosters expand on September 1st, to make him eligible to play in the playoffs.  This was a nice flier for the Rangers to take, as Gomez is a 2-time All Star who has also won a Gold Glove Award.

The Texas Rangers sign Darin Mastroianni

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 August 2016 at 7:44 am

The Texas Rangers have signed 30-year old righty swinging outfielder Darin Mastroianni to a minor league deal.  Mastroianni played in 7 games earlier this year for the Twins and he was 0 for 9 (.000 avg, .182 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base.  He also played in 51 games in AAA-ball for the Twins and he was 46 of 180 (.256 avg, .627 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 0 homers, 15 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Mastroianni has now played in 136 games in his first five years in the show and he is 58 of 282 (.206 avg, .551 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 4 homers, 24 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  He will start his time with the Rangers in AAA-ball.

Josh Morgan is looking good in the minors for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 7:33 am

20-year old righty swinging SS/3B Josh Morgan came into this season as the Texas Rangers‘ #7 prospect according to Baseball America.  Morgan has played in 106 games in A-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 115 of 392 (.293 avg, .759 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 7 homers, 51 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Morgan has now played in 260 games in his first three years in the minors for the Rangers and he is 281 of 945 (.297 avg, .760 OPS) with 157 runs scored, 10 homers, 106 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  The Rangers will probably take things slowly with Morgan.

The Texas Rangers activate Drew Stubbs off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 8:53 am

The Texas Rangers have activated 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Drew Stubbs off of the D.L.  Stubbs has played in 31 games so far this year for the Rangers and Braves in which he is 13 of 53 (.245 avg, .686 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  To make room on the active roster for Stubbs, the Rangers have sent 26-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Ryan Rua to AAA.  Rua played in 78 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 54 of 203 (.266 avg, .754 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 7 homers, 20 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Rua didn’t deserve to get sent to the minors and he will be back with the Rangers by September 1st at the latest, as that is when rosters can expand up to 40.  Stubbs’ versatility in the outfield is part of the reason why the Rangers picked him over Rua for right now.

The Texas Rangers DFA Kyle Kubitza

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 8:01 am

The Texas Rangers have designated 26-year old lefty swinging 3B Kyle Kubitza for assignment.  Kubitza played in 98 games in AAA-ball for the Angels and Rangers this year in which he was 76 of 345 (.220 avg) with 38 runs scored, 6 homers, 34 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Kubitza has played in 19 games in his one year in the show so far in his career and he is 7 for 36 (.194 avg, .450 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  This is no loss for the Rangers moving forward.

UPDATE:  (8/12/2016) – The Rangers have lost Kyle Kubitza on waivers to the Atlanta Braves.

The Texas Rangers release Craig Breslow

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 8 August 2016 at 7:20 pm

The Texas Rangers have released 36-year old lefty reliever Craig Breslow.  Breslow pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Rangers in AAA-ball and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.50 WHIP.  He gave up 5 hits, 2 walks and 3 runs (all earned) in only 2 innings pitched in AAA for the Rangers.  Breslow has 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.  Breslow could be nearing the end of the line, but he is a lefty so you never know.

The Texas Rangers send Shawn Tolleson to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 29 July 2016 at 9:48 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 28-year old righty reliever Shawn Tolleson to AAA.  Tolleson has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-2 with 11 saves, a 7.68 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.  He has given up 53 hits (8 homers) and 10 walks while whiffing 29 batters in his first 36 1/3 innings for the Rangers so far this year.  Tolleson has now pitched in 174 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 11-7 with 46 saves, a 3.84 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Tolleson is already #10 in Rangers’ history with his 46 saves.  Tolleson has really lost it, as he was excellent in his first two years with the Rangers.  They hope he can get straightened out in AAA-ball and help the Rangers later this year.

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).

UPDATE:  (8/2/2016) – The Rangers have sent Joey Gallo to AAA.  Gallo has played in 6 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1 for 15 (.067 avg, .392 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBIs.  He has also walked 1 time and whiffed an amazingly awful 9 times for the Rangers so far this year.

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.

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