30-year old righty reliever Matt Bush has been really impressive so far this year for the Texas Rangers. He has pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Rangers so far this year and he is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He has only given up 12 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 15 batters in his first 13 1/3 innings this year. If Bush keeps pitching like he is right now, he is going to be trusted to pitch later in games for the Rangers.
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.
The Texas Rangers have designated 27-year old righty reliever Phil Klein for assignment. Klein pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Klein has now pitched in 36 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 2-3 with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Rangers moving forward.
UPDATE: (6/20/2016) – The Rangers have lost Phil Klein on waivers to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Texas Rangers have activated 32-year old righty swinging catchers Robinson Chirinos off the D.L. Chirinos played in 5 games earlier this year for the Rangers and he was 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .913 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. He also played in 6 games in his rehab assignment and he was 2 for 21 (.095 avg, .190 OPS). The Rangers now have three catchers on the roster, as 28-year old righty swinging Bryan Holaday and 33-year old righty swinging Bobby Wilson are still around and they have both been productive at the plate so far this year. Holaday has played in 25 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 20 for 78 (.256 avg, .738 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers and 13 RBIs. Wilson has played in 21 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 22 of 72 (.306 avg, .791 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 14 RBIs. I could see the Rangers dealing Holaday or Wilson in the coming days to break up the logjam at catcher. To make room on the active roster for Chirinos, the Rangers sent 24-year old righty reliever Luke Jackson to AAA. Jackson pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Rangers this year and he is 0-0 with a 7.04 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.
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 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.
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 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.
30-year old lefty swinging 1B Mitch Moreland had a breakout year for the Texas Rangers in 2015, but he’s having a hard time so far in following it up. Moreland has played in 49 games for the Rangers so far this year and he is 36 of 173 (.208 avg, .643 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 6 homers and 21 RBIs. In 2015, Moreland played in 132 games in which he was 131 of 471 (.278 avg, .812 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 23 homers, 85 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Rangers need Moreland to pick up the pace with the bat in the near future.
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!