Rangers hire Julio Rangel as Major League pitching coach

The Texas Rangers today announced the hiring of Julio Rangel as pitching coach. He is the sixth member of the team's 2019 major league coaching staff.

November 16th, 2018

Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Rangers today announced the hiring of Julio Rangel as pitching coach. He is the sixth member of the team's 2019 major league coaching staff.u5:p

The 43-year-old Rangel has 12 years of experience as a pitching instructor and coordinator at the minor league level with the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians. He served as the Giants' minor league pitching coordinator in 2018, his only season in the San Francisco organization.u5:p

Prior to one year with the Giants, Rangel worked in both pitching instruction and off-field education with the Cleveland Indians from 2007-17. His roles within the Cleveland organization included Assistant Field Coordinator (2016-17), Lower Level Pitching Coordinator (2007-15), and Latin American Players Cultural/Baseball Mental Skills Coordinator (2007-10). He also served as an interim pitching coach with Triple-A Columbus in 2012. As Cleveland's Assistant Field Coordinator, Rangel implemented player development initiatives at the Indians' new Dominican academy and oversaw the player development and day-to-day operations of the academy.u5:p

The Panama native was signed by the Yankees as a 17-year-old in 1993 and spent his entire seven-year professional career in the Yankees farm system. He reached as high as Double-A during his last season with the Yankees in 2000. Rangel also appeared in 2 games with Berkshire in the independent Northern League in 2002.u5:p

On Wednesday, the Rangers announced the initial five members of the team's 2019 big league staff: Luis Ortiz (hitting), Don Wakamatsu (bench), Jayce Tingler (major league player development field coordinator), Tony Beasley (third base), and Hector Ortiz (first base). The remainder of the 2019 staff will be announced in the near future.u5:p