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Ben Rowan is looking sharp in the minors in 2013 for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 28 August 2013 at 7:44 am

24-year old righty reliever Ben Rowan has been amazing in the minors for the Rangers.  He has pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball so far this year for the Rangers and he is 5-1 with 13 saves, a 0.59 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.  He has given up 37 hits and 17 walks while whiffing 56 batters in his first 60 2/3 innings so far this year, which are eye popping numbers.  Rowan has now pitched in 141 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 17-5 with 35 saves, a 1.33 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  The Rangers should consider calling up Rowan for his first shot at the show when rosters expand next week.

The Texas Rangers sign Brendan Harris

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 22 August 2013 at 7:41 am

The Rangers have signed 32-year old righty swinging infielder Brendan Harris to a minor league deal.  Harris played in 44 games for the Angels earlier this year and he was 22 of 107 (.206 avg, .607 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 9 RBIs.  Harris has now played in 529 games in his first eight years in the majors and he is 434 of 1,694 (.256 avg, .695 OPS) with 208 runs scored, 33 homers, 167 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Harris could possibly help the Rangers in September, after rosters expand to 40.

The Texas Rangers have released Manny Ramirez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 August 2013 at 6:52 am

The Rangers have released 41-year old righty swinging OF/DH Manny Ramirez.  Ramirez played in 30 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers and he was 28 of 108 (.259 avg, .698 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers and 13 RBIs.  Ramirez is likely at the end of his career in baseball now.  Ramirez played in 2,302 games in his 19 years in the majors and he is 2,574 of 8,244 (.312 avg, .996 OPS) with 1,544 runs scored, 555 homers, 1,831 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.  This is no loss for the Rangers moving forward.

Mike Bianucci is off to a good start in AAA-ball for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 22 July 2013 at 10:26 am

27-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Mike Bianucci is having a solid year in 2013 in AAA-ball for the Rangers.  Bianucci has played in 31 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 28 for 103 (.272 avg, .901 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 7 homers and 27 RBIs.  Bianucci has now played in 526 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 539 of 2,011 (.268 avg, .816 OPS) with 312 runs scored, 104 homers, 354 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  He could get his first shot at the show later on in 2013, if he finishes the year strongly in AAA.

The Texas Rangers sign Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at 3:26 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 41-year old righty swinging DH/OF Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal.  Ramirez played in 49 games for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League earlier this year and he hit .352 with 8 homers and 43 RBIs.  Ramirez last played in the majors in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays.  He has played in 2,302 games in his first 19 years in the majors and he is 2,574 of 8,244 (.312 avg, .996 OPS) with 1,544 runs scored, 555 homers, 1,831 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.  Ramirez will get another shot at the majors if he looks good in AAA, and plays clean.  He has already been suspended twice by Major League Baseball for testing positive for PEDs.  This was still a nice low risk/high reward signing for the Rangers as they can just cut Ramirez if he doesn’t have it anymore or he gets suspended again.

The Texas Rangers lose Jorge Alfaro for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries, The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 30 June 2013 at 3:37 pm

20-year old righty swinging catcher Jorge Alfaro broke his left hand last Friday in an A-ball game.  He came into this season as the Rangers’ #9 prospect according to Baseball America.  Alfaro has played in 72 games in A-ball so far this year for the Rangers and he is 69 of 262 (.263 avg, .792 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 11 homers, 39 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Alfaro has now played in 239 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 226 of 866 (.261 avg, .741 OPS) with 117 runs scored, 23 homers, 119 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  The Rangers hope that Alfaro will be ready to return to action late in the 2013 season.

Ryan Harvey has been electric in A-ball for the Texas Rangers in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 6:23 am

22-year old righty reliever Ryan Harvey is looking sharp in the minors for the Rangers.  He has pitched in 24 games (0 starts) in A-ball so far this year and he is 6-1 with 4 saves, a 1.87 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Harvey has given up 27 hits and 17 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 33 2/3 innings this year.  The only thing stopping Harvey from a promotion to AA has been his lack of control.  Harvey has now pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 7-2 with 4 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers deal Yoshinori Tateyama to the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors, Trades by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 2:06 pm

The Rangers have dealt 37-year old righty reliever Yoshinori Tateyama to the Yankees for future cash considerations.  He pitched in 23 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.24 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  Tateyama pitched in 53 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Rangers and he was 3-0 with 1 save, a 5.75 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  The Rangers won’t miss Tateyama too much moving forward as he wasn’t getting anywhere close to being called up by them.

Randy Henry is looking good in the minors for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 9 June 2013 at 8:18 am

23-year old righty reliever Randy Henry came into this season as the Rangers’ #29 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 0.74 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP.  Henry has given up only 15 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 24 batters in his first 24 1/3 innings, which is impressive.  Henry has now pitched in 77 games (11 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 11-14 with 9 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Henry could get his first shot at the show at some point in 2013, if he keeps rocking in the minors.

The Texas Rangers lose Collin Balester for the rest of the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries, The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 7 June 2013 at 6:28 am

The Rangers have lost 27-year old righty reliever/starter Collin Balester for the rest of the 2013 season due to Tommy John Surgery.  Balester pitched in 6 games (5 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 1-4 with a 7.33 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Balester has pitched in 73 games (22 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 7-16 with a 5.30 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Rangers.

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