The Texas Rangers DFA Joe Benson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 2 September 2013 at 1:08 pm

The Rangers have designated 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Joe Benson for assignment.  Benson played in 86 games in Rookie+AA+AAA-ball for the Twins and Rangers this year and he was 66 of 307 (.215 avg, .655 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 7 homers, 30 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  He played in 21 games for the Twins in 2011, his only major league experience, and he was 17 of 71 (.239 avg, .622 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Rangers moving forward.

UPDATE:  (9/4/2013) – The Rangers have outrighted Joe Benson to AAA.

Martin Perez was outstanding in August for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 1 September 2013 at 7:47 am

22-year old lefty starting pitcher Martin Perez was excellent in August for the Rangers.  He pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Rangers in August and he was 5-0 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Perez has now pitched in 14 games (all starts) for the Rangers overall this year and he is 8-3 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Perez has given up 88 hits and 26 walks while whiffing 58 batters in his first 88 innings this year, which are pretty solid numbers.  The Rangers hope that Perez keeps rolling and responds well to the pressure of a pennant race.

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.

Joe Nathan continues to roll for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 21 August 2013 at 7:44 am

38-year old righty closer Joe Nathan is showing no signs of slowing down.  He has pitched in 53 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 3-2 with 37 saves, a 1.60 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.  Nathan has now pitched in 119 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 6-7 with 74 saves, a 2.27 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.  Nathan is currently tied for 5th in saves (74) in Rangers’ history with Neftali Feliz.

The Texas Rangers have placed Alexi Ogando on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Wednesday 21 August 2013 at 7:42 am

The Rangers have placed 29-year old righty starting pitcher Alexi Ogando on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation.  Ogando has pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 5-4 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  He has given up 72 hits and 33 walks while whiffing 54 batters in his first 80 1/3 innings, which are solid numbers.  The Rangers really need to think about using Ogando in the bullpen full time again in 2014 in an effort to keep him healthy.  Ogando has started 45 games for the Rangers so far in his career and he is 18-12 with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  In his 103 relief appearances so far in his career with the Rangers, Ogando is 6-1 with 3 saves, a 2.53 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

The Texas Rangers acquire Travis Blackley from the Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 August 2013 at 5:47 pm

The Rangers have acquired 30-year old lefty reliever Travis Blackley from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later and cash.  Blackley pitched in 42 games (0 starts) for the Astros this year and he was 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 78 games (23 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-8 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  Blackley will start his time with the Rangers in AAA-ball, but he could get a chance with them later this year.  I never have a problem with a team making a deal for a lefty pitcher like Blackley.

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.

Martin Perez is off to a good start in August for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 13 August 2013 at 6:59 am

22-year old lefty starting pitcher Martin Perez is on his game right now.  Perez has started 2 games so far in August and he is 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP.  Perez has now pitched in 11 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 5-3 with a 3.44 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Perez has given up 67 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his first 68 innings, which is impressive.  The Rangers hope that Perez keeps up the good work the rest of this year.

The Texas Rangers acquire Alex Rios from the White Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 9 August 2013 at 1:14 pm

The Texas Rangers have acquired 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Alex Rios and cash from the White Sox for 22-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Leury Garcia.  Rios played in 109 games for the White Sox this year and he was 119 of 430 (.277 avg, .749 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 12 homers, 55 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.  Rios has now played in 1,408 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,490 of 5,356 (.278 avg, .767 OPS) with 765 runs scored, 155 homers, 682 RBIs and 211 stolen bases.  Rios will replace Nelson Cruz (suspended for 50 games for PEDs) as the Rangers’ new starting RF.  Garcia came into this season as the Rangers’ #20 prospect according to Baseball America.  Garcia played in 25 games for the Rangers this year, in his first taste of the majors, and he was 10 for 52 (.192 avg, .467 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  This was a great move for the Rangers as Rios is a good hitter with speed and a good glove.

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