The Texas Rangers call up Chi Chi Gonzalez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 27 June 2016 at 8:31 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 24-year old righty starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez.  Gonzalez pitched in 14 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 3-6 with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He got his first taste of the majors in 2015 for the Texas Rangers, working in 14 games (10 starts) in which he was 4-6 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  The Rangers have sent 24-year old lefty reliever Alex Claudio to AAA to make room on the active roster for Gonzalez.  Claudio has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  Claudio will likely be back later in the year for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers sign Neal Cotts

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 20 June 2016 at 2:59 pm

The Texas Rangers have signed 36-year old lefty reliever Neal Cotts to a minor league deal.  Cotts has pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Yankees and Angels this year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Cotts has pitched in 131 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers (2013 and 2014) and he was 10-12 with 3 saves, a 2.84 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Cotts has now pitched in 483 games (5 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 21-24 with 4 saves, a 3.96 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  I like this signing for the Rangers, as Cotts could help them later this year.

The Texas Rangers call up Nick Martinez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at 8:15 am

The Texas Rangers have called up 25-year old righty starter/reliever Nick Martinez.  Martinez pitched in 1 game out of the pen earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 0-1 with a 27.00 ERA and a 9.00 WHIP.  He has also pitched in 11 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he is 6-4 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Martinez has 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.  The Rangers have sent 32-year old righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to AAA.  He has pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-3 with a 10.55 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (6/17/2016) – Tom Wilhelmsen has rejected his minor league assignment and he has become a free agent.

The Texas Rangers release Ike Davis

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 12 June 2016 at 8:31 pm

The Texas Rangers have released 29-year old lefty swinging 1B Ike Davis.  Davis played in 39 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 38 of 142 (.268 avg, .786 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 4 homers and 25 RBIs.  Davis has played in 659 games in his first six years in the show and he is 493 of 2,062 (.239 avg, .748 OPS) with 258 runs scored, 81 homers, 290 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Davis wasn’t out of work too long as the Yankees quickly signed him to a major league deal.  That being said, Davis was buried on the Rangers’ depth chart, so they essentially did him a favor by cutting him loose.

Lewis Brinson is off to a slow start in the minors for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 2:11 pm

22-year old righty swinging outfielder Lewis Brinson came into the 2016 season as the Texas Rangers‘ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  Brinson has played in 50 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 41 of 186 (.220 avg, .684 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 6 homers, 29 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Brinson has now played in 415 games in his first five years in the minors for the Rangers and he is 446 of 1,615 (.276 avg, .836 OPS) with 274 runs scored, 67 homers, 242 RBIs and 76 stolen bases.  Brinson better get his act together, as he is falling behind other outfielders in the Rangers’ system.

The Texas Rangers call up Tom Wilhelmsen

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 5 June 2016 at 8:03 am

The Texas Rangers have called up 32-year old righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen.  Wilhelmsen pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball and he was 0-1 with a 1.12 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  They hope this was a wake up call for Wilhelmsen, as he has been a good reliever in his Major League career until now.  He pitched in 18 games (0 starts) for the Rangers earlier this year and he was 2-2 with a 9.37 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers release Nick Tepesch

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 4 June 2016 at 7:08 pm

27-year old righty starting pitcher Nick Tepesch requested for the Texas Rangers to release him and they have obliged.  Tepesch pitched in 11 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 4-2 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Tepesch pitched in 42 games (39 starts) in his two years with the Rangers and he was 9-17 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Tepesch should have little problem finding a new team, but he wasn’t likely going to have much of a chance to pitch for the Rangers this year…..so they did him a favor by letting him go.

The Texas Rangers send Hanser Alberto to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 4 June 2016 at 4:43 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 23-year old righty swinging infielder Hanser Alberto to AAA.  Alberto played in 24 games for the Rangers this year and he was 6 for 37 (.162 avg, .324 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Alberto has now played in 65 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 28 of 136 (.206 avg, .453 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Rangers needed to send someone down because Rougned Odor is back from his suspension.  This means that 23-year old switch-hitting infielder Jurickson Profar gets to stay with the Rangers and that is a good thing that came out of Odor’s suspension.  Profar played in 7 games while Odor was out and he was an impressive 12 of 33 (.364 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 2 homers and 2 RBIs.

The Texas Rangers have activated Yu Darvish off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 8:38 pm

The Texas Rangers have activated 29-year old righty starting pitcher Yu Darvish off the D.L.  Darvish is starting tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He pitched in 5 games (all starts) in AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 1-1 with a 0.90 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  He gave up only 9 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his 20 innings in the minors this year.  Darvish has pitched in 83 games (all starts) in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Getting Darvish back should give the Rangers’ rotation a huge boost!

Rougned Odor has his suspension trimmed to seven games for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 26 May 2016 at 11:15 pm

22-year old lefty swinging 2B Rougned Odor has had his suspension trimmed from 8 games to 7 games for the Texas Rangers.  The suspension will start tomorrow.  Odor has played in 46 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 49 of 187 (.262 avg, .731 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 7 homers, 25 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Rangers will call up 23-year old switch-hitting infielder Jurickson Profar to take over at 2B while Odor is serving his suspension.  Profar has played in 41 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 48 of 169 (.284 avg, .782 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 26 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Profar has played in 94 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 70 for 303 (.231 avg, .645 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  The Rangers hope that Profar takes advantage of this opportunity.

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