12:01 PM EDT, Sat May 26, 2018
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Saturday morning Rangers things

Saturday morning Rangers things

Saturday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... The Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals by a score of 8-4 last night. Levi Weaver’s game story talks about the Rangers young players getting a chance to perform. Stefan Stevenson has his Rangers Reaction to yesterday’s win. Gerry Fraley’s game story talks about Mike Minor extending himself as continues his transition to regular starter. T.R. Sullivan’s game story talks about Mike Minor defeating his former club. The S-T has a story on Keona Kela’s growth as a player over the last several years, culminating in...
12 hours ago
21-32 - Condor and The Big Chill power Rangers past Royals

21-32 - Condor and The Big Chill power Rangers past Royals

The last of the true bonus babies both homered for Texas in 8-4 win over Kansas City Imagine telling A.J. Preller about a night like tonight in the summer of 2011. It was an important time for Texas back then. The Rangers were about to journey to their second consecutive World Series after the front office that included Preller had crafted arguably the best big league team the franchise has ever fielded. Preller, however, as the team’s Director of International and Professional Scouting, was focused more on writing checks to talented kids in what amounted to the final huge spending spree...
18 hours ago
Rangers reacquire Michael Roth, release Kevin Jepsen

Rangers reacquire Michael Roth, release Kevin Jepsen

The Chicago Cubs traded Michael Roth to Texas while Kevin Jepsen refused outright assignment and took free agency Texas Rangers news: After designating Kevin Jepsen for assignment earlier this week, the Rangers have announced that Jepsen has declined the assignment to Round Rock and been granted his release, as is his right. Jepsen, as we wrote when he was DFA’d, was a star at Spring Training camp to earn a spot in the bullpen before a heavy early workload for the relievers ultimately ended up being his undoing. In other news, the Rangers have acquired LHP Michael Roth from the Chicago...
19 hours ago
Rangers go with regular lineup tonight against Royals

Rangers go with regular lineup tonight against Royals

Instead of rest or platoons, the Rangers will just go with their best against KC tonight After a few of days of getting players rest and playing Ryan Rua against a string of lefties, the Rangers are ignoring platoons and just going with their standard lineup filled with left-handed hitters despite a left-handed starter tonight for the Royals. Delino DeShields — CF Shin-Soo Choo — DH Isiah Kiner-Falefa — 3B Nomar Mazara — RF Jurickson Profar — SS Joey Gallo — LF Robinson Chirinos — C Rougned Odor — 2B Ronald Guzman — 1B Mike Minor will make the start for Texas against LHP...
22 hours ago
New Jim Callis mock draft out

New Jim Callis mock draft out

Jim Callis’s latest mock draft has the Rangers going prep pitcher at #15 2018 MLB Mock Draft: Jim Callis’s latest mock draft is out, for those of you keeping up on MLB draft rumors, and Callis has the Rangers going with Florida righthanded high school pitcher Carter Stewart at #15. We did a write-up on Stewart, a big, hard-throwing righty with a big time curveball, a couple of weeks ago. Callis says Stewart shouldn’t drop that far given his stuff, but the league is leery of prep righthanders, so he could be an option. Callis also has Texas high school righty Grayson Rodriguez,...
May 25, 2018
2018 Down East Wood Ducks offensive stats

2018 Down East Wood Ducks offensive stats

Taking a look at the numbers for the hitters at the Rangers high-A affiliate Yesterday, I did a post about the numbers for the pitchers for the Down East Wood Ducks, the Rangers’ high-A affiliate in the Carolina League. I mentioned that the DEWDs are the most interesting roster to follow among the Rangers affiliates right now, both because of their hitters and their pitchers. So today, we’re taking a look at the Down East hitters. The stud of the group is, of course, Leody Taveras. The 19 year old switch-hitting center fielder is having a solid season for the Ducks, putting up a...
May 25, 2018
Report: Hanley Ramirez DFA’d

Report: Hanley Ramirez DFA’d

The Boston Globe is reporting that the Red Sox are designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment MLB Rumors: Hanley Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox are parting ways, according to a Boston Globe story that says that the Red Sox are designating Ramirez for assignment to make room on the active roster for second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who is being activated from the disabled list today. Ramirez is in the final year of a 4 year, $88 million deal that the previous Red Sox regime signed him to, and that generally has not worked out for the BoSox. Ramirez, 34, has a .254/.313/.395 slash line this...
May 25, 2018
2018 MLB draft preview: Mason Denaburg scouting report

2018 MLB draft preview: Mason Denaburg scouting report

Taking a look at potential Texas Rangers draft pick Mason Denaburg 2018 MLB Draft preview: Mason Denaburg scouting report. With the 2018 MLB Draft just ten days away — the first round kicks off on June 4, 2018 — its time to start offering capsule looks at players the Texas Rangers could select with their top picks. The Rangers’ first round pick is at #15 and their second round pick is at #55 — they have no compensatory picks this year. Leading up to draft day, we will be doing writeups of some of the players who could end up getting selected by the Rangers with one of their first...
May 25, 2018
Thoughts on an 8-2 Rangers loss

Thoughts on an 8-2 Rangers loss

Royals 8, Rangers 2 Royals 8, Rangers 2 Well, at least they didn’t get shut out. Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched well enough in a spot start, even if the final line doesn’t necessarily reflect it. Things got off to a bad start in the first inning, when a single with a runner on base was mis-played by Delino DeShields, and rather than runners on the corners and no runs in, the Royals ended up with everyone scoring, putting Texas in a 2-0 hole due to unearned runs from the get-go. Bibens-Dirkx allowed two more runs in the fifth, on a bases loaded Salvador Perez single, and seemed to be...
May 24, 2018
20-32 - Rangers continue to befuddle with 8-2 loss to Royals

20-32 - Rangers continue to befuddle with 8-2 loss to Royals

One night after bombarding the Yankees, the Rangers were locked down by the Royals How do the Rangers follow up scoring 12 runs and beating American League favorites New York? By getting shut out over seven innings in an eventual 8-2 loss against American League almost-worst Kansas City, of course. Player of the Game: Uh, I mean, welcome back Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Thanks for the innings. Up Next: Mike Minor makes the start for the Rangers on Friday night against LHP Eric Skoglund for the Royals. First pitch from The Ballpark is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.
May 24, 2018
Austin Bibens-Dirkx up, Brandon Mann down

Austin Bibens-Dirkx up, Brandon Mann down

The Texas Rangers have purchased the contract of Austin Bibens-Dirkx, and optioned Brandon Mann Texas Rangers transactions: Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been called up, and Brandon Mann has been sent down, the Rangers announced today. As was indicated yesterday would happen by the team, Austin Bibens-Dirkx had his contract purchased from AAA Round Rock, being brought up to be the starting pitcher tonight in place of the injured Matt Moore. To make room for him on the 25 man roster, Brandon Mann has been optioned. The Rangers had an empty 40 man roster spot after designating Kevin Jepsen for...
May 24, 2018
Guzman, Profar sit against lefty Duffy

Guzman, Profar sit against lefty Duffy

The Royals are starting lefthander Danny Duffy, and Jeff Banister is giving Ronald Guzman and Jurickson Profar the day off The Texas Rangers start a four game series at home against the Royals tonight, and with lefthander Danny Duffy on the mound, Jeff Banister is giving Ronald Guzman the day off, as well as Jurickson Profar. This is basically the first day off Profar has had when he has been healthy since April 7 — since returning to the lineup on April 20 after missing a couple of games after a nasty collision at second base, Profar has played every inning of every game, and with the...
May 24, 2018
Texas Rangers Who’s Hot? Who’s Not? Week Eight

Texas Rangers Who’s Hot? Who’s Not? Week Eight

The Rangers’ youth movement continues while a couple of vets are also having fun Welcome to a new weekly series, as we’ll take a look at a few Rangers who are on heaters and more who are ice cold in something we’ll call “Who’s Hot? Who’s Not?” The last week of Rangers baseball has been pretty much the same as the several weeks before it — a couple of really good games mixed with more stinkers, all with some encouraging performances from young guys mixed in. Plus, Cole Hamels had another pretty nice trade showcase! Hooray. Let’s get to the action. Who’s Hot? Cole Hamels...
May 24, 2018
2018 Down East Wood Ducks pitching stats

2018 Down East Wood Ducks pitching stats

Looking at the numbers for the pitchers at the Rangers’ high-A affiliate Texas Rangers pitching prospects: The Texas Rangers’ minor league system has been up-and-down this year, but the one team that has emerged as being the most interesting from a player development standpoint is the Down East Wood Ducks of the high-A Carolina League. The Ducks are 26-20, tied for first place in the Southern Division, and are tied for the second best record in the league. The DEWDs are doing this in large part due to contributions from guys who are legitimately on the prospect map, with the pitching,...
May 24, 2018
2018 Rangers draft preview: Cole Wilcox

2018 Rangers draft preview: Cole Wilcox

3Taking a look at potential Texas Rangers draft pick Cole Wilcox 2018 MLB Draft preview: Cole Wilcox scouting report. With the 2018 MLB Draft less than two weeks away — the first round kicks off on June 4, 2018 — its time to start offering capsule looks at players the Texas Rangers could select with their top picks. The Rangers’ first round pick is at #15 and their second round pick is at #55 — they have no compensatory picks this year. Leading up to draft day, we will be doing writeups of some of the players who could end up getting selected by the Rangers with one of their first...