Alexander Claudio…he and wife Dainne have two sons, Lexiel Jeonel (5/26/14) and Adrian Alexander (7/7/15)…selected by Texas in the 27th round of the 2010 June draft out of Isabel Flores HS in Juncos, Puerto Rico…signed on 6/11/10 by Frankie Thon.
Claudio posted a 2.50 ERA (23 ER/82.2 IP) in 70 games/one start, establishing career highs in most categories, including ERA, games, games finished (38), saves (team-high 11), innings, strikeouts (56), WHIP (1.040), and SO/BB (3.73)… his 70 games were T8th in the A.L…held left-handed batters to a .147 (14-95) average, 6th-lowest among all ML pitchers with 90+ AB vs. LHB, and his .368 opponent OPS in those PA's was lowest in MLB…finished campaign as team's closer, and was voted Rangers Sept./Oct. Player of the Month. SAVES // Went 11-for-14 overall in save tries, including 10- for-12 after the All-Star break…the team-high 11 saves were 1st saves of his ML career…over the season's final 3 months beg. 7/1, Claudio finished 20 of team's 38 wins in which the bullpen appeared…posted 4 saves of 4+ outs, most by a Ranger since 2007 (4-C.J. Wilson)…his saves 9/19-20 at SEA (3.0 IP) marked 1st time a Ranger posted rescues on back-to-back days, pitching 3.0+ IP in the process, since Francisco Cordero from 9/18-19/04 (3.0 IP)…saves by winning pitcher: 2-Cashner, Hamels, Perez; 1-Barnette, Bibens-Dirkx, Bush, Griffin, Leclerc. IN RELIEF // Had a 2.29 ERA (20 ER/78.2 IP) in 69 relief appearances, ranking among A.L. relief leaders in innings (T3rd), ERA (6th), and games finished (10th, 38)…allowed 13 of 44 (29.5%) inherited runners to score and had 7 holds, 4th-most among Rangers…1st batters hit .262 (17-65) with just one BB, a HBP, a SF, and a SH…had 2nd-highest total of 1st batters faced (69) in MLB for a pitcher allowing one-or-zero walks to those batters (NYM's Jerry Blevins: 1 BB, 75 1st BF).
Was 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA (16 ER/51.2 IP) over a career-high 39 relief appearances in 4 stints with Texas (4/13- 5/6, 5/8-6/2, 6/13-26, 7/8-end of season)…was the club's long reliever for the majority of the campaign, logging a team-high 11 appearances of 2.0-or-more innings…ranked among team relief leaders in games finished (T3rd, 15), wins (T4th), games (5th), and innings (5th), and had 2nd-best SO/BB ratio (3.40) of any bullpen qualifier (Matt Bush-4.36).
Split the season with Texas and Class AAA Round Rock, totaling 47 appearances and 55 2/3 innings…had three stints with Texas: April 27-June 1, June 19-23, July 29-Aug 5…was also recalled on Sept 1 and placed on the 60-day disabled list for the duration of the season with a left groin strain
Began the year at High-A Myrtle Beach, but would finish the season with his first major league action, posting no record and a 2.92 ERA (4 ER/12.1 IP)...had contract purchased from Round Rock on 8/13 and made his MLB debut that night vs. Tampa Bay (1.0 IP, 0 R)...was the first Ranger to appear in 3 straight team games, with the first game being his ML debut, since Terry Matthews, who appeared in 3 straight for Texas at old Comiskey Park, June 21-22-23, 1991...marked one of 3 instances of pitching on back-to-back days...did not allow a run over first 6 appearances (5.0 IP) and permitted runs in just 3 of 15 outings overall...retired 17 of 22 left-handed batters faced, allowing just a .190 average (4-21) with 8 strikeouts...stranded 7 of 12 inherited runners...career highs with 4 strikeouts, 1.2 innings, and 41 pitches on 8/29 at HOU.
Named the Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Year...combined to go 4-6 with a 1.83 ERA (16 ER/78.2 IP) and 91 strikeouts against 18 walks over 45 relief appearances with Hickory (Low-A) and Frisco...opponents batted .183 overall (50-273), including a .133 mark (12-90) by lefties...compiled a 0.24 ERA (1 ER/38.0 IP) over final 21 outings with Hickory...season-high 6 strikeouts on 3 occasions...promoted to Frisco on 6/20...held left-handed batters to a .116 average (5-43), but right-handed hitters batted .319 (23-72)...compiled a 1.15 ERA (2 ER/15.2 IP) over his first 11 appearances with the 'Riders and a 4.50 ERA (8 ER/16.0 IP) over his last 11 outings...was 0-3 with a 4.15 ERA (8 ER/17.1 IP) over 16 relief appearances with Ponce in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Spent full season with AZL Rangers...compiled the lowest WHIP (0.90) and ranked among the league leaders in ERA (2nd, 1.79) and strikeouts (7th, 54)...limited opposing left-handed batters to a .133 average (6-45)...ended the season with 14.1 scoreless innings over final 4 relief appearances of the season.
Split season between AZL Rangers and Spokane (Rookie)...combined to go 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA (6 ER/28.1 IP) over 16 appearances out of the bullpen...made 15 of his 16 appearances with the AZL Rangers...promoted to Spokane on 9/3 for remainder of the season.
Spent first professional season with AZL Rangers after signing...limited opposing right-handers to a .220 (11-50) average, while lefties hit .727 (8-11)...pitched for Ponce in the PWL, going 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA (2 ER/17.0 IP) in 6 games/2 starts.