22-year old lefty swinging 2B Rougned Odor and 27-year old righty swinging SS Elvis Andrus have both been handed suspensions from Major League Baseball for their roles in the ugly brawl with the Toronto Blue Jays last Sunday. Odor has been nailed for 8 games while Andrus only got one game. Odor is definitely going to appeal his suspension. Odor has played in 39 games for the Texas Rangers so far this year and he is 44 of 158 (.278 avg, .792 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 7 homers, 21 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Andrus has played in 36 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 37 of 128 (.289 avg, .723 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 0 homers, 14 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Rangers are preparing for Odor’s suspension already, as they have moved 23-year old switch-hitting SS Jurickson Profar to 2B. Profar has played in 34 games in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 38 of 139 (.273 avg, .777 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 5 homers, 19 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He last played with the Rangers in 2013 (due to nasty shoulder injuries). He has played in 94 games so far in his career 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. Profar will likely be called up to play 2B for the Rangers when Odor serves his suspension.
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.
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.
32-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels has been aces since the Texas Rangers acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies last July. Hamels has pitched in 7 games (all starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Hamels has now pitched in 19 games (all starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 11-1 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Hamels has given the Rangers a true ace at the top of the rotation ever since he got to Arlington. Wait until Yu Darvish comes back and gives the Rangers a tremendous 1-2 punch at the top of the starting rotation.
32-year old lefty swinging DH Prince Fielder continues to struggle at the plate for the Texas Rangers. Fielder has played in 38 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 26 of 141 (.184 avg, .530 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 20 RBIs. He has now played in 238 games in his first three years with the Rangers and he is 250 of 904 (.277 avg, .773 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 28 homers and 134 RBIs. It’s starting to look like the Tigers really got over on the Rangers in the Ian Kinsler/Prince Fielder trade.
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 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.
The Texas Rangers have called up 30-year old righty reliever Matt Bush. Bush used to be a shortstop when he first started playing in the minors, but he moved onto pitching when he was having issues with the bat. He then also spent more than three years in prison following a DUI accident causing serious injury to another person. The Rangers signed him to a minor league deal when he got out of prison last December. He has pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in AA-ball for the Rangers this year and he was 0-2 with 5 saves, a 2.65 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. He has now pitched in 65 games (1 start) in his first four years as a pitcher in the minors and he is 7-5 with 11 saves, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Bush will be getting his first shot at the show, but the Rangers have already told him to stay sober or else.
The Texas Rangers have signed 37-year old righty starting pitcher Kyle Lohse to a minor league deal. It is a 1-year, $2 million dollar deal with another $1.5 million in additional incentives. He also has a June 1st opt out date to his minor league deal. Lohse pitched in 37 games (22 starts) for the Milwaukee Brewers last year and he was 5-13 with 2 saves, a 5.85 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Lohse has now pitched in 455 games (416 starts) in his first 15 years in the show and he is 147-141 with 2 saves, a 4.37 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Lohse was won 10 or more games in seven of his first fifteen years in the show. The Rangers could use another veteran pitcher for the starting rotation, so it doesn’t hurt to take a flier on a guy like Lohse.
The Texas Rangers have sent 26-year old righty reliever/starter Anthony Ranaudo back to AAA. He pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he is 1-0 with a 17.18 ERA and a 2.73 WHIP. Ranaudo has given up 2 hits, 7 runs (all earned) with 8 walks and 2 whiffs in only 3 2/3 innings for the Rangers! He has pitched in 6 games (2 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 1-1 with a 9.47 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP. The Rangers have called up 23-year old lefty reliever Kevin Faulkner to replace Ranaudo on the pitching staff. Faulkner pitched in 5 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 8.31 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. He has now pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Rangers and he is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
UPDATE: (5/12/2016) – The Rangers have traded Anthony Ranaudo to the Chicago White Sox for 21-year old righty reliever/starter Matt Ball. Ball pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in A-ball for the White Sox so far this year and he was 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.50 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He gave up 17 hits and 5 walks while whiffing 24 batters in his 16 innings in A-ball for the Pale Hose. Ball has now pitched in 53 games (28 starts) in his four years in the minors with the White Sox and he was 5-17 with 1 save, a 6.98 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP.