I remember investing in cj nitkowski rookie cards.
Who is Dave Raymond? I didn't mind Busby but he's more for radio than tv. Since they got rid of Knox and Busby, was hoping they'd go ahead and scrap Grieve as well and get a fresh new team. He's stale.
I miss the days of Josh Lewin.
New stadium is gonna have some crazy shadows.
Let a little Texas heat destroy a great baseball stadium.
Grieve is doing less games this year than the other two.
rangers in on trumbo. would like that very much.
They did the same thing last offseason. Got Desmond really late.
Not worried. Just beat Houston as much as you can and challenge for the division again.
All Star in 2014. Low ERA when healthy. Injury history. 29 years old.
Nothing. Just a continuation of the Big Mick vs Big Mac comparison.
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So Johnny Sack posts the Big Mac vs Big Mic table, which aptly conveys that the new ballpark design is a copycat. You follow that with a post of a photo of a bunch of Junior Whoppers which conveys....nothing? Cool. Carry on then.
Do people still follow this thread? Lots of Rangers news today. Sucks about Diekman.
Diekman will have surgery for colitis, which flared during holidays. Surgery on January 25. Will miss at least first half of season
Evan Grant @Evan_P_Grant 2h2 hours ago
Rangers officially re-sign Josh Hamilton to minor league deal as @JonHeyman tweeted
Evan Grant @Evan_P_Grant 1h1 hour ago
Josh Hamilton will work at 1B.
he needs to spend time at laying off low and away.
I wouldn't say Hamilton being signed to a minor league contract is much of news.
Although the Angels still on the hook for his salary this one last season is still funny. Because $#@! the Angels.
Congrats to Pudge Rodriguez!
Rangers have signed 1st baseman James Lonely to a minor league deal.
Rangers are retiring Pudge's #7 at a ceremony this coming August
Also read that the Dodgers are inquiring about Profar
Rangers signed 1B James Loney to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
I like this move. He's been a pretty good consistent for-average hitter for most of his career. If he's not washed up he's just the kind of hitter they need in the lineup.
This kinda sucks.
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was told by a Rangers official that the club expects Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet surgery) to make his season debut in May or June.
No more Tolly time, he signed 1 year deal with the Rays.
ZIPS projections for anyone that cares. I think it's too low on Mazara, but looks reasonable otherwise. We need the back end starters to step up and figure out the gaping hole at 1B.
i dont get it. why is prince on there?
Rangers have signed LHP Wesley Wright to a minor league deal.
How much besides profar would it take for archer?
Archer isn't happening. I'd take Odorizzi though.
True that. But that wasn't the question.
They'd probably want Profar plus an elite prospect like Taveras if I had to guess
interesting. i didnt think we had any elite prospects left.
ESPN writeup on the Rangers farm system:
This system is incredibly young, which is the flip side of saying there isn't a lot of help coming at the upper levels right now, other than the two starting pitchers the Rangers placed on the top 100. The Rangers have traded out of their system very aggressively the past few years, including megadeals for Cole Hamels and Jonathan Lucroy. While the big league team is much improved, the farm’s upper levels are the thinnest they’ve been in six or seven years. There was a lot to like in low-A and short-season for the Rangers last year, but those are prospects for the next wave.
1. Leody Taveras, OF (ranked No. 35)
2. Ariel Jurado, RHP (ranked No. 64)
3. Yohander Mendez, LHP (ranked No. 75)
4. Ronald Guzman, 1B
5. Josh Morgan, IF/C
6. Anderson Tejeda, SS
7. Brett Martin, LHP
8. Joe Palumbo, LHP
9. Cole Ragans, LHP
10. Andy Ibanez, 2B
Ronald Guzman had a full, healthy year and really broke out at the plate in a broad way, leaving High Desert for Double-A Frisco and hitting better with more power at the second level, probably in no small part because he didn’t get hurt. Guzman is huge and used to have a longer swing, but in 2016, he toned it down and started going to left and center field more often. I think his bat’s a little slow, and good velocity on the inner half might cause him problems, but the new approach and results are a very positive sign.
Josh Morgan had a solid year in High Desert, a tremendous hitters’ park -- and fortunately for the Rangers, no longer hosting a team -- while playing short, second and third, but the Rangers continue to toy with the idea of making him a catcher, which is the one position where I think he’d be a real star. If the kid is willing, I say do it. Otherwise, he’s probably an average-at-best second baseman, a Howie Kendrick sort of bat with contact but not much power or OBP.
Anderson Tejeda was signed two years ago for $100K and came into power suddenly last year at age 18, though scouts say there’s no chance at short. Although the bat speed is tremendous, Tejada doesn’t have the approach to match it yet.
Brett Martin is 91-94 with an average curve and changeup, throwing everything for strikes. He missed almost three months of 2016 with a sprained elbow ligament, returned in late August and went up a level to high-A to finish the season in High Desert.
Joe Palumbo was in the mid-80s in 2015, occasionally touching 90-91, but last year, he started sitting low 90s and touching 96. His arm works well, and his curveball is above-average too. The questions are whether his slight build can hold up as a starter and whether he can hold on to this newfound velocity.
Cole Ragans was the team’s first overall pick in 2016, coming in the sandwich round, a projectable left-hander who’s 89-92 now with a good curveball but a violent delivery that I think will need an overhaul just to let him repeat it and get online to the plate.
Andy Ibanez destroyed low-A Hickory last year at 23, so the Rangers promoted the Cuban defector two levels to Double-A, where he struggled early but eventually made better contact and resumed getting on base -- but without much power. If there are 10-15 homers in there, which I think there are, he might be a regular at second base.
Right-hander Connor Sadzeck (11) looks the part of a starter, with a 6-foot-7, 240-pound body and plus-plus fastball, but he has no changeup at all -- lefties hit .270/.367/.502 off him in double-A last year -- and he has a hard time keeping his delivery online to the plate to establish fastball command. I think he ends up a power reliever.
Michael De Leon (12) was 19 in high-A last year and has been young for everywhere he has played, debuting in low-A at 17. He’s a gifted defender at shortstop and could certainly be a utility guy if the bat never comes along, but I think there’s potential there because he has good enough hand-eye coordination that he never strikes out, despite a swing that is totally uncontrolled.
Third-rounder Kole Enright (13) has present power and strong hands, but his body doesn’t have projection, and he’s going to have to work to stay at the hot corner.
Drew Robinson (14) might be an interesting bench bat who can take reps at first, second, third or in any outfield spot, but he doesn’t hit lefties at all and probably doesn’t have the right match of offensive and defensive ability at any one position to be a regular.
Kyle Cody (15), the Rangers' sixth-round pick last year, worked as a starter in short-season last summer, but I think he’s more likely to succeed as a two-pitch reliever who can touch 99 and has a power slider to miss bats.
Jose Trevino (16) is probably going to be a longtime big-league backup catcher, but I don’t think he’s going to have the bat to start.
Outfielder Eric Jenkins (17) can run like Leroy but hits like Fergie.
Right-hander Alex Speas (18) is the more typical Rangers draft pick: 80 athletic, big velocity, super-high ceiling and no idea where it’s going right now. He looks fantastic in the uniform, though.
Mike Matuella (19) made one appearance in 2016, got hurt again and missed the rest of the year.
Yeyson Yrizarri (20) got a $1.35 million bonus in 2013 as a 16-year-old, and though he has turned into a good defensive shortstop, he has made almost zero progress with the bat, posting a 91:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in low-A last year at 19. He’s young enough to improve. It isn't as if he has room to get worse.
I thought Jairo Beras (21) was ready for a step forward at the plate last year, but he’s just too pull-oriented, so he shows power but isn’t going to hit enough to get to it without a major adjustment to his approach.
Outfielder Scott Heineman (22) has had a ton of injury issues the past two years, both at the University of Oregon and after signing, so 2016 marked his pro debut at age 23, with an assignment right to high-A High Desert. He was old for that level, and as I mentioned earlier, it’s a great place to hit, but he does have above-average power and speed. If he hits like this in Double-A, I’ll buy in more fully.
2017 impact: Nobody. This system is young, and the major league roster seems completely full already. Maybe Mendez, who got a cup of coffee last year, will see some innings in the second half, but otherwise I don’t expect to see many prospects play for the Rangers this season.
The fallen: The Rangers took Dillon Tate with the fourth overall pick in 2015, cleaned up his delivery, improved his changeup and dumped him on the Yankees for two months of Carlos Beltran last July, after Tate lost his fastball and suddenly looked like a middle reliever at best.
Bob Nightengale @BNightengale 13m13 minutes ago
The Texas #Rangers suddenly have increased their pursuit for #WhiteSox ace Jose Quintana, but still unknown whether they will pull off deal.
Evan says jk...Bummer.
Evan Grant @Evan_P_Grant 2m2 minutes ago
Are Rangers making renewed push for Jose Quintana? Sources indicate they are not:
well what the $#@! is this $#@!. fully expect to see the astros get him in the next 20 minutes.
Napoli is back as most expected. Looks like a one-year deal. I personally don't love this as I'd rather 1st base playing time went to a young player and I think Rua is probably just as good as him.
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