Ariel Bolivar (Agrazal) Jurado...signed by Rangers scout Eduardo Thomas…has attended Rangers winter minicamp in Arlington each of the last two offseasons… participated in a December visit to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
Posted career highs in starts (27), innings (157.0) while leading Frisco in both categories…also posted a careerhigh ERA figure (4.59) and was charged with a career-high 11 losses after entering season with 8 career losses over 4 pro seasons…his 157.0 innings ranked 2nd in the Texas League, while his 0.92 HR/9 rate ranked 3rd among league qualifiers… posted a 6.41 ERA (19 ER/26.2 IP) over 1st 5 starts before going 5-0, 1.86 (8 ER/38.2 IP) over 6 starts in May to lower ERA to a season-best 3.72…competed for the South Division in the Texas League All-Star Game in Frisco on 6/27 and earned the win after tossing one scoreless inning in relief…went 2-6 with a 5.08 ERA (41 ER/72.2 IP) in 12 starts after the All-Star break…posted 3 straight quality starts to close the season, going 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA (3 ER/18.2 IP)…allowed a career-high 16 home runs, but posted 0.43 HR/9 rate (2 HR/41.2 IP) over final 7 starts… opponents batted .302 (188-622) overall, including .278 (108-388) by right-handed batters and .342 (80-234) by lefties.
Reached Double-A at age 20, going 8-6 with a 3.66 ERA (50 ER/123.0 IP) and 106 strikeouts over 24 games/22 starts with High-A High Desert and Double-A Frisco… opponents batted .268 (129-481), including .241 (51-212) by left-handed hitters…permitted zero-or-one run in 7 of 16 starts with High Desert…his 2.53 GO/AO rate was 3rd-highest in the CAL League through 7/21…promoted to Frisco on 7/22 and was the 3rd-youngest player in the Texas League at the time of his 1st start…completed at least 5.0 innings in all 8 outings, allowing 2-or-fewer runs 6 times…started one game for Panama in the WBC qualifier on 3/20 vs. Columbia, recording 4 strikeouts over 2.1 scoreless innings.
Chosen as the organization's Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year…named a Baseball America Low Class A All-Star and South Atlantic League Midseason All-Star…tabbed the 11th-best prospect in the SAL by Baseball America…led all Texas farmhands in victories… opened season in the Hickory rotation and went 9-0, 2.07 (14 ER/61.0 IP) over 11 games/10 starts prior to the All-Star break…had the 4th-highest GO/AO (3.20) through the first half…named SAL Pitcher of the Month for May, going 3-0, 1.24 (4 ER/29.0 IP) in 5 starts…was chosen as the starter for the Northern Division in the SAL All-Star Game…spent bulk of the 2nd half in the Crawdads bullpen, going 3-1, 3.08 (13 ER/38.0 IP) over 11 games/5 starts.
Compiled a 1.63 ERA (7 ER/38.2 IP) over 14 games/3 starts in stateside debut.
Started 9 games for the DSL Rangers in his first professional season.