Rangers acquire RHP Wei-Chieh Huang and PTBNL from Arizona

The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Wei-Chieh (Way-Jay) Huang and a player to be named later from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman and cash considerations.

July 31st, 2018

Phoenix, Ariz. - The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Wei-Chieh (Way-Jay) Huang and a player to be named later from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman and cash considerations. The 24-year-old Huang, who does not go on the 40-man roster, will be assigned to Double-A Frisco of the Texas League.

Huang has combined to post a 6-2 record with a 2.31 ERA (15 ER/58.1 IP) over 29 games/2 starts with Jackson (AA) and Visalia (High-A) in the Diamondbacks system in 2018. He has an overall 1.029 WHIP in his 29 outings this season, averaging 12.0 strikeouts per 9 innings and 0.6 home runs per 9. He began the year in the California League before a June 21 promotion to Jackson for his first career Double-A action. Huang allowed 4 runs in each of his first 2 outings to begin the year, as he has compiled a 1.11 ERA (7 ER/56.2 IP) with a .165/.248/.216/.464 opponent slash line in his last 27 appearances beginning April 12.

Huang, rated the Diamondbacks' 22nd-best prospect in midseason MLB.com rankings, was selected to the World Team roster for the 2015 All-Star Futures Game, pitching in that year's game at Great American Ball Park. He has spent his entire four-year professional career in the Arizona system after signing with the club in 2014 out of National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport.

Diekman has gone 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA (16 ER/39.0 IP) over a team-high 47 relief appearances with the Rangers this season. He was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on August 1, 2015 and has appeared in 150 games with the Rangers, 2nd-most among Texas relievers in that span.

RANGERS ACTIVATE RHP CHRIS MARTIN FROM 10-DAY DISABLED LIST;

PURCHASE CONTRACT OF LHP JEFFREY SPRINGS FROM ROUND ROCK

The Rangers announced today that the club has activated RHP Chris Martin from the 10-day disabled list and purchased the contract of LHP Jeffrey Springs (#54) from Triple-A Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League.

Martin and Springs take the roster spots of LHP Jake Diekman and RHP Keone Kela, who were traded over the last 15 hours to Arizona and Pittsburgh, respectively.

Martin was placed on the 10-day DL on July 5 with a left groin strain. He a made rehab appearance on July 29 for Round Rock vs. Reno (1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K, 17 pitches). This was his third stint on 10-day DL in 2018, May 2-20 with right forearm irritation and June 12-22 with a right calf strain. He was also optioned to Round Rock on July 3 but recalled the following day. Martin is 1-2, 4.32 in 28 relief appearances with the Rangers in 2018.

Springs, 25, has combined to go 4-4 with a 4.13 ERA (26 ER/56.2 IP) and 2 saves over 33 relief appearances with Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco, his first career action above A-ball. Springs has been used exclusively as a reliever in 2018 and has posted a career-best in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (15.6). The left-hander was promoted to Round Rock on June 16 and has compiled a 1.72 ERA (3 ER/15.2 IP) with 24 strikeouts in his last 11 games with the Express, including a 7.2-inning scoreless streak over his last 6 outings. Springs has held Pacific Coast League batters to a .182/.325/.227/.552 slash line overall. He last worked on Thursday vs. Tacoma, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.

The North Carolina native was selected by the Rangers in the 30th round of the 2015 June Draft out of Appalachian State University. In 4 minor league seasons, Springs has whiffed nearly one-third (32.2%) of all batters faced. He led all Texas farmhands with 146 strikeouts in 2017 and was a non-roster invite to Major League spring training this season.

With the moves, Texas' Major League roster is at 39 players