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5 AL West prospects to watch early in 2019

@RhettBollinger
April 11, 2019

The Minor League baseball season is under way and now is the time to start monitoring prospects, as many could have an impact this season in the American League West. Of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects, 17 are with organizations in the division, but even those not ranked among the

Starting spots for Rangers' Top 30 prospects

@JimCallisMLB
April 3, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Rangers' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

Here are the Rangers' 2019 Top 30 Prospects

@JimCallisMLB
February 22, 2019

Coming off a last-place finish in the American League West, their first in five years, and their first back-to-back losing seasons in a decade, the Rangers are in rebuild mode. Their farm system won't spark an immediate turnaround, but it's stocked with enough young talent to fuel hopes for a

Heineman, Evans earn Rangers Minors Awards

Grouse, Fields also set to be honored at Winter Warmup event
January 9, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Scott Heineman has been selected as the 2018 Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year and right-hander Tyler Phillips has been named the Nolan Ryan Pitcher of the Year.The Rangers also announced that right-hander DeMarcus Evans has been named the Reliever of the Year and shortstop

Rangers add Farrell, sign Montero, Sampson

January 4, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have claimed right-hander Luke Farrell off waivers from the Angels. Farrell, who has the ability to be a starter or reliever, is the son of former Blue Jays and Red Sox manager John Farrell.The club on Friday also signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to

Where do Rangers pitching prospects stand?

January 2, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have been relentless in their pursuit of young starting pitching and may not be done if they get the right trade offer for starter Mike Minor, reliever Jose Leclerc or one of their extra offensive players. This has been the Rangers' No. 1 priority going back

Rangers add Volquez, 3 others to 40-man roster

November 20, 2018

ARLINGTON -- Veteran pitcher Edinson Volquez, who signed a two-year Minor League contract with the Rangers last spring, has been added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.Volquez, a 13-year Major League veteran and former All-Star, missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy

Ragans among prospects making strides in Ariz.

Rangers lefty had TJ surgery in March, joins litany of Texas hurlers rehabbing at Spring Training facility
October 25, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- While the Rangers are holding organizational meetings inside a conference room, left-handed pitcher Cole Ragans is getting ready for his wedding next month. Texas' No. 1 Draft pick from 2016 is also seven months removed from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery and is throwing from 105 feet

Cuban prospect Martinez adjusting to life in U.S.

Highly touted outfielder signed with Texas in April, making strides in Arizona Fall League
October 23, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez's goal has not changed after one season of professional baseball in the United States.Martinez, the Rangers' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, said when he signed in April that he wanted to be in the Major Leagues in three years. The former

Looking at the Texas prospects in winter ball

October 19, 2018

ARLINGTON -- High draft picks and top prospects are among the 13 players from the Rangers' farm system currently signed up for winter ball over four different countries. Here is the list and where each player stands in the organization.RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez, Licey (Dominican Republic) -- The Rangers' first-round Draft

Pipeline names Rangers' Prospects of the Year

October 11, 2018

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had a number of bright spots in their farm system this past season, but outfielder Scott Heineman and pitcher Tyler Phillips were at the top of the list.Both have had to overcome their share of adversity in their young professional careers, but in 2018 they showed

Sampson completes long journey back to Majors

Pelham, Calhoun and Bibens-Dirkx recalled in Sept. moves
September 4, 2018

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Adrian Sampson is back in the Major Leagues. He could be a preview of coming attractions for Rangers pitching.Sampson was one of the September callups for the Rangers, bringing him back to the Major Leagues for the first time in over two years. His only Major League

Rangers restock in July with 10 acquisitions

Daniels sees faster return to contention via talent development
August 1, 2018

PHOENIX -- This is going to take some time. Major rebuilding projects have a tendency to be that way, and that's what the Rangers are facing.The Rangers reinforced the obvious with five deals in July that saw Cole Hamels, Jesse Chavez, Keone Kela and Jake Diekman traded away. There was

Rangers add prospects for Kela, Diekman

July 31, 2018

PHOENIX -- The Rangers accomplished their goals leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, general manager Jon Daniels said.The mission was to infuse the farm system with as much young talent as possible and the Rangers felt they did that with the five trades they made in July. The trade

Texas gets prospect Bahr, 2 MLB pieces from SF

Rangers to send player to be named or cash to Giants; Jackson, Gearrin also in deal
July 8, 2018

DETROIT -- The Rangers announced Sunday that they have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and right-handed pitchers Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named or cash considerations.General manager Jon Daniels made it clear that Bahr was the central target in the move.

Mendez optioned following team rules violation

Bibens-Dirkx recalled, will start in place of Rangers' No. 7 prospect Wednesday
June 19, 2018

KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers have pulled rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez from Wednesday's start against the Royals and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock after it was determined he violated team rules.Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been recalled from Round Rock and will start on Wednesday.The Rangers did not specify what Mendez

Rangers clear way for Mendez, option Alberto

Texas signs 14 Draft picks, including three from first 10 rounds
June 14, 2018

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have optioned infielder Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for pitcher Yohander Mendez, the team's No. 7 prospect who is scheduled to start Friday against the Rockies.Alberto has been up twice with the Rangers this season and has played in five games. He

Rangers add pile of right-handed arms in Draft

June 6, 2018

Right-handed pitching proved to be a theme of the Rangers' selections in the 2018 MLB Draft.After selecting high school righties Cole Winn (15th overall) and Owen White (55th overall) on Day 1, the Rangers continued the trend on Day 2.:: 2018 Draft coverage ::In the first 10 rounds of the

Rangers add more RHPs, shortstops on Day 2

Texas selects prep shortstop Jonathan Ornelas in Round 3
June 5, 2018

ARLINGTON-- This past season, Texas native and Forney High School pitcher Mason Englert broke a 48-year-old state record held by former Rangers pitcher David Clyde when he threw 55 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.Now, Englert is headed to the Rangers after being selected with the team's fourth-round pick (119th overall) on

Rangers recall Mendez, option Gardewine

May 3, 2018

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have called up rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez and optioned right-hander Nick Gardewine to Triple-A Round Rock.The Rangers made the move on Thursday after Gardewine was needed for two innings and 34 pitches in Texas' 12-4 loss to the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. Mendez was being used