The Texas Rangers call up Joey Gallo

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:42 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 22-year old lefty swinging 3B/OF Joey Gallo.  Gallo played in 24 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 22 of 83 (.265 avg, 1.054 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 8 homers and 20 RBIs.  Gallo got his first taste of the majors in 2015 with the Rangers.  He played in 36 games 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, his big time power also comes with a lot of holes in his swing, as he whiffed 57 times against only 15 walks last year for the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers DFA Patrick Kivlehan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:38 pm

The Texas Rangers have designated 26-year old righty swinging OF/1B/3B Patrick Kivlehan for assignment.  Kivlehan played in 36 games in AAA-ball this year for the Rangers and he was 26 of 141 (.184 avg, .514 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He has played in 497 games in his five years in the minors and he is 533 of 1,903 (.280 avg, .810 OPS) with 279 runs scored, 71 homers, 334 RBIs and 56 stolen bases.

The Texas Rangers call up Jared Hoying

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 4:02 pm

The Texas Rangers have called up 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Jared Hoying.  Hoying has played in 41 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he is 51 of 160 (.319 avg, .959 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 32 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Hoying has now played in 698 games in his first seven years in the minors and he is 686 of 2,622 (.262 avg, .772 OPS) with 400 runs scored, 92 homers, 356 RBIs and 107 stolen bases.  This will be Hoying’s first shot at playing in the show!

The Texas Rangers have activated Shin-Soo Choo off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 11:37 pm

The Texas Rangers have activated 33-year old lefty swinging RF Shin-Soo Choo off of the D.L.  Choo played in 2 games in AAA-ball on his rehab assignment from a calf injury and he was 3 for 8 (.375 avg, 1.319 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 5 games for the Rangers earlier this year before going on the D.L. and he was 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .597 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Choo has now played in 277 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 266 of 1,026 (.259 avg, .779 OPS) with 154 runs scored, 35 homers, 123 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  The Rangers are glad to have Choo back!

UPDATE:  (5/23/2016) – The Texas Rangers have placed Shin-Soo Choo right back on the D.L., retroactive to May 21st due to a strained left hamstring.  Choo has played in 6 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .646 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Choo has walked 6 times while whiffing 4 times so far this year.  The Rangers hope that he will be ready to return to action in a couple of weeks.

The Texas Rangers send Andrew Faulkner to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 19 May 2016 at 3:52 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 23-year old lefty reliever Andrew Faulkner to AAA.  He pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-0 with a 7.94 ERA and a 2.12 WHIP.  He gave up 8 hits (3 homers), 4 walks and 2 wild pitches while whiffing 1 batter in 5 2/3 innings this year for the Rangers.  He has now pitched in 19 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Yu Darvish is getting close to rejoining the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 9:10 am

29-year old righty starting pitcher Yu Darvish missed all of the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery.  But he is on a rehab assignment right now and he is getting close to a return to the Texas Rangers.  Darvish has pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP.  He has only given up 6 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 15 batters in his first 14 innings in the minors on his rehab assignment.  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.  He led the Major Leagues in strikeouts (277) in 2013 and he finished second in the Cy Young voting that year.  He has been to three All-Star games in his first three years with the Rangers!  Darvish is going to form a really nasty one-two punch at the top of the Rangers’ starting rotation with Cole Hamels.

The Texas Rangers send Tom Wilhelmsen to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 7:41 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 32-year old righty reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to AAA.  He pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 2-2 with a 9.98 ERA and a 2.15 WHIP.  Wilhelmsen gave up 25 hits (6 homers) and 8 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his 15 1/3 innings this year, as opposing batters were literally running up to the plate to bat against him!  Wilhelmsen has now pitched in 284 games (2 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 13-12 with 67 saves, a 3.30 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has been a solid reliever in the show until now, so maybe he can straighten up with some time in the minors.  But, the Rangers couldn’t let him continue to try to work it out in the majors.  The Rangers have called up 24-year old righty reliever Luke Jackson to replace Wilhelmsen both on the roster and in the pen.  Jackson has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Rangers so far this year and he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.68 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  Jackson got his first taste of the show in 2015 for the Rangers when he pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.

Travis Demeritte is off to a good start in the minors for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 16 May 2016 at 11:27 am

21-year old righty swinging 2B Travis Demeritte came into this season as the Texas Rangers‘ #28 prospect according to Baseball America.  Demeritte has played in 34 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 35 of 129 (.271 avg, .998 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 10 homers, 22 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  His power does come with holes in his swing, as he has whiffed 53 times so far this year.  Demeritte has now played in 244 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 204 of 861 (.237 avg, .803 OPS) with 168 runs scored, 44 homers, 127 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.

Michael McKenry opts out of his minor league deal with the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 8:32 pm

31-year old righty swinging catcher Michael McKenry has opted out of his minor league deal with the Texas Rangers and he has become a free agent.  McKenry played in 13 games in AAA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 9 for 41 (.220 avg, .730 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 9 RBIs.  McKenry has played in 308 games in his first six years in the show and he is 200 for 838 (.239 avg, .725 OPS) with 94 runs scored, 29 homers, 103 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  McKenry shouldn’t have to hard of a problem finding a new team, but he was buried on the depth chart with the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers send Delino DeShields to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 13 May 2016 at 2:48 pm

The Texas Rangers have sent 23-year old righty swinging CF Delino DeShields to AAA.  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.  DeShields whiffed an amazingly awful 32 times for a player whose game is based on speed.  DeShields has now played in 151 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 134 of 531 (.252 avg, .694 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 4 homers, 45 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.  He was 7th in the American League voting for the Rookie of the Year Award last season.  The Rangers have a lot of depth in the outfield, so DeShields is going to have to hit his way back to Arlington.

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