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Here's a look at the Rangers farm entering 2020

March 31, 2020

On the big league level, the Rangers' 2019 season qualified as a disappointment. They looked like a playoff team in the first three months but collapsed after the All-Star break, finishing with their third straight losing record and worst three-year stretch since 2001-03. At the same time, however, Texas added

Q&A with Rangers prospect Sam Huff

March 31, 2020

Sam Huff has more raw power than any catching prospect and perhaps as much as anyone in the Minors. A 2016 seventh-round pick from an Arizona high school, he has lots of strength and leverage in his 6-foot-4 frame and an aggressive approach. That all combines to produce the highest

Jung vs. Lynn pits top prospect vs. savvy vet

March 9, 2020

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Lance Lynn against the Rangers' top pick in the 2019 Draft, Josh Jung. The clash of youth vs. the titan made for unusually dramatic theater in what was otherwise a routine simulated game on the back field on Monday morning. First came the memorable blast to

Filthiest secondary pitches among top prospects

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 27, 2020

Feel to spin. Deception. Missing bats. Generating weak contact. These are all terms used in describing pitchers’ secondary stuff. Whether it’s a curveball, slider, changeup or occasionally something like a splitter or cutter, these are the offerings a pitcher often uses to put away hitters. And a lot of pitching

Inbox: Who will lead the Minors in homers?

February 27, 2020

The theme of this week's Pipeline Inbox is offense. You have questions about the best sluggers and contact hitters in the Minors, as well as a guy who just might be the best pure hitter in the 2020 Draft, and my job is to answer them.

Next Piazza? Mauer? Maybe this Texas prospect

February 23, 2020

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers power prodigy Sam Huff is 6-foot-5 and can hit a baseball hard. And far. There is a reason why he is the Rangers' No. 2 prospect (No. 74 overall), the reigning SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game MVP and regarded by managers as the best power-hitting prospect in

Each team's top power-hitting prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 20, 2020

The 2019 Major League season will be remembered as the Year of the Home Run after players across baseball combined to hit a record 6,776 homers -- up from 5,585 in 2018 -- and 14 different teams set a new franchise record. National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso

One prospect to watch on each team

February 13, 2020

The future is now. As Spring Training gets underway, there will be position battles and players with much to prove. But there will also be highly touted prospects who will be putting their talents on display against Major Leaguers during Cactus League and Grapefruit League action. Here's a guide to

These prospects have the best fastballs

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 11, 2020

Perhaps nothing gets a ballpark buzzing more than a long home run or a sizzling fastball. Scoreboards display velocity so fans can marvel at how hard flamethrowers deliver their heat. The current king of big league fastballers is Jordan Hicks, who threw the 23 fastest pitches in MLB last year

Here is each team's fastest prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
February 6, 2020

Think fast! That’s what we’re doing this week at MLB Pipeline. We assure this will be a quick read. That’s because we’re looking at the fastest players in each organization. This isn’t just a list of top prospects, as many organizations have speedsters who might not have other tools that

10 prospects who rebounded in 2019

November 30, 2019

Perhaps no prospect rebounded more in 2019 than Trent Grisham. Grisham, Milwaukee’s first-round pick in the 2015 Draft, batted .241 with 19 home runs in 1,488 plate appearances across his first four pro seasons before finally putting it together last season, slashing .300/.407/.603 with 26 homers in 441 plate appearances

Rangers add 6 prospects to 40-man roster

Guerrieri, Pelham designated for assignment to make room
November 20, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added outfielder Leody Taveras, third baseman Sherten Apostel, infielder Anderson Tejeda and right-handed pitchers Tyler Phillips, Kyle Cody and Demarcus Evans to their 40-man roster, the club announced on Wednesday. The moves will protect those six players from being selected in December's Rule 5 Draft. To

Thompson shows off speed in AFL finale

October 26, 2019

Six Rangers prospects played for the Surprise Saguaros in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Outfielder Bubba Thompson (No. 8), right-hander Josh Advocate, shortstop Jax Biggers, right-hander Noah Brehmer, right-hander Cole Uvila and catcher Matt Whatley. AFL news and video | Rangers Top 30 Prospects Here’s a day-by-day look at how

Inbox: Looking ahead to potential 2020 roster

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers questions from fans
October 7, 2019

Great response to my request for inbox questions. We will do this again next week, so send those questions to [email protected]. Sorry we couldn’t get to every question. Who would you identify as the core of this team going forward? -- Dennis G. Garland, Texas Lance Lynn, Mike Minor and

Palumbo shows K potential vs. Yankees

Rangers prospect fans 7 over 3-plus innings, allows 3 HRs
September 28, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Joe Palumbo is from Long Island to the east of New York City. That's generally considered Mets territory, and that was Palumbo's favorite team growing up, although he was a big Derek Jeter fan. Jeter, now retired, was the leader of many powerful Yankees teams, and

Pipeline names Rangers Prospects of the Year

September 19, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Left-hander Joe Palumbo had an interesting year in his first full season since returning from Tommy John surgery. Palumbo missed time on the injured list with a sprained left foot and a blister on his left thumb. He has a 9.95 ERA in five appearances with the Rangers,

Palumbo puts blister issue behind him with 4 K's

September 15, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are trying to evaluate as many young players as they can at the end of the season, and they were finally able to lay their eyes on rookie left-hander Joe Palumbo. Palumbo has been sidelined with a blister on his left thumb since Aug. 20, but

Prized int'l signee Lora joins Rangers for BP

September 11, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Bayron Lora, 16, having already agreed to a $3.9 million signing bonus, passed his physical on Wednesday and went right to work. Lora, ranked as the third-best international prospect this summer by MLB Pipeline, stepped onto the field at Globe Life Park for the first time to take

Guzman returns to Rangers 'in a better place'

Mazara, Volquez, Gibaut, Springs and Sampson among Texas' other additions
September 1, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers expanded their roster on Sunday by calling up first baseman Ronald Guzmán and pitcher Ian Gibaut from Triple-A Nashville, while also activating outfielder Nomar Mazara and pitchers Jeffrey Springs, Edinson Vólquez and Adrian Sampson from the injured list. Mazara and Guzman both made appearances as pinch-hitters

No. 8 prospect Thompson named to AFL roster

August 28, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Four Rangers prospects were named as participants for the 2019 Arizona Fall League, with rosters unveiled on Wednesday. Outfielder Bubba Thompson, catcher Matt Whatley and right-handers Josh Advocate and Cole Uvila will be playing for the Surprise Saguaros starting on Sept. 18, getting the chance to compete for

Allard goes 6 1/3 scoreless for 2nd Rangers win

Calhoun, Santana hit 2-run homers in Texas' shutout victory
August 25, 2019

CHICAGO -- Rangers rookie left-hander Kolby Allard made his fifth Major League start on Saturday night and pitched like a savvy veteran well beyond the age of 22. This is what the good ones look like, no matter how long they have been in the big leagues. Allard used four

Hernandez's move to bullpen pays off in debut

August 22, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers brought right-hander Jonathan Hernandez to the big leagues as a reliever on Tuesday, even though he has been a starter for most of his Minor League career. He passed his first test in Wednesday night's 8-7 Rangers victory by pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings and getting

Solak, Burke hit the ground running in debuts

Rangers down Halos in 11 for 2nd straight night
August 21, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Rangers rookie pitcher Brock Burke and infielder Nick Solak had an unforgettable time on their first day in the Major Leagues, and it ended on a victorious note. It also came at the expense of one of the greatest players in Major League history, but nobody on the

Rangers recall No. 12 prospect Hernandez

August 20, 2019

ARLINGTON -- In need of a fresh arm in their bullpen, the Rangers added reinforcement for Game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Angels by calling up right-hander Jonathan Hernandez from Double-A Frisco. Hernandez and left-handed starter Brock Burke were both added before the second game. Right-handers Phillips Valdez and

Prospect Burke may join Rangers Tuesday

Lefty, acquired in Profar trade, would start one game of doubleheader
August 16, 2019

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are considering bringing left-handed pitching prospect Brock Burke to the big leagues and have him start in Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Angels. Burke, who is currently at Triple-A Nashville, is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 7 prospect in the organization. “We are still kind