Top ten starters. 29 comments


With a week to go before baseball activity starts, here is the second annual RR3 Top Ten list.

Today, it’s the Top 10 starting pitchers. Your mileage may vary.

 

  • Nathan Whitten

    Things rarely go as planned. The Rangers though that Darvish and Hamels would be on this list and of equal importance, on their roster. Just think how radically different our outlook for this year’s team would be if things had played out that way. Actually, it is a possibility that Darvish and Hamels do turn out to be Top 10 material this year. That would hurt.
    I have no quarrel with your Top 10. I’m sure that we could quibble over some of your choices, but you know more about it than I do. So I stay quiet. I am discouraged that no Ranger starter would make the Top 145. I expect you can see the significance of 145. Now that I think about it, Minor would make the Top 145–and they talked about trading him!

  • GoRangers23

    It must really be nice to have a top ten pitcher on your team……..sigh.

    • Rowdy Yates

      Even Top 25 … or Top 50 …. maybe in another 4 or 5 years? After all the great draftee arms mature, right? Uh Huh.

      • calntom

        I don’t know how many of them are “great “, though I hope there are a bunch more after this year’s draft and deadline trades.
        Perhaps the Rangers could open an extra farm affiliate for overflow?
        Another team did that at some point in the past. Maybe it was the Braves?

        • Rowdy Yates

          I should’ve had a “/sarc” after my post. 😉

    • possumrld

      Maybe someday we will, Go23!

    • CrazyEd

      My money’s on Jonathon Hernandez (sp?) and Hans Crouse, esp. Crouse, he’s a beast. Got the attitude, the looseness, and mostly the attitude. Some fans won’t like him because he’s so off beat, a little more off than even Holland. Well, he’s a lot off beat but he can flat pitch.

      • GoRangers23

        Hey, welcome back!

  • GoRangers23
  • calntom

    https://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2019/2/6/18211863/isiah-kiner-falefa-texas-rangers

    This article explains why I liked IKF as Rangers MVP last year.

    • Rowdy Yates

      IKF was my 2nd ‘Most Favorite’ Rangers player just behind Beltre. And definitely ‘Most Versatile’ which is not necessarily Most Valuable. Still thought Adrian won that LY even with his somewhat diminished skills.

      • calntom

        I look at IKF as the reason the Rangers could carry 8 relievers at a time much of last year. They may need a minimum of that many, much of 2019 as well.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Pretty Sad Sack franchise if your MVP isn’t the guy with great offensive and defensive numbers, but just the guy who could be plugged in to the most positions. As the Rangers ARE that Sad Sack team you could be right on MVP.

          • calntom

            Beltre was the realistic MVP. I just liked what all IKF added to the team.

          • CrazyEd

            Anybody that doesn’t appreciate the energy and surprise that IKF brought to the Rangers is pretty much numb to their surroundings. A parallel would be the HR’s of Gallo. Better BA would be wonderful but you can’t deny the excitement those gargantuan bombs give.

          • CrazyEd

            How about the leader in batting average and runs scored being an aged Korean that hit .264 and scored 80 some runs. If that doesn’t signal the time for a rebuild I don’t know what would.

    • CrazyEd

      What amazed me is how IKF was off so many Ranger Fan’s radars. As soon as he started to drive the ball a bit in Frisco he became a guy to watch. Of course a guy that never hit a home run in his life, not even in little league, until AA, doesn’t normally attract much interest. There’s another guy that bears watching. Like IKF he doesn’t show anything spectacular but has the same versatility (well not quite as much, but infielder and catcher) Josh Morgan. I don’t think he’ll ever make it to the majors, but he could be surprising. It’s fun to watch the young players and see how right and wrong the evaluators can be.
      I’m back … been busy trying to find a new location for my Cowboy Church. They built a road through our old location. All’s good now.

      • calntom

        Welcome back Ed.

        • CrazyEd

          Thanks, glad to be back, missed the camaraderie of fellow Ranger’s fans. To me honest I don’t follow much baseball other than that concerns the Rangers and affiliates. There’s just too much going on.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Been a while. Good to see you back talking ML prospects.

        DW and I will be on Guam, Saipan & Tinian this summer for a week B4 heading to Australia to visit friends. She always wanted to see Guam as it was my fav place growing up. So, it seemed a good place to stop on the way.

        • CrazyEd

          Guam is good! At least it was. Have no idea what it is like today, but loved it to no end in the early 70’s. Loved the culture and still do. There are a lot of Chammoros in Killeen so I get to live long lost memories. They are some awesome people. Example, in HEB the other day I saw a guy in a wheel chair with a Vietnam Veterans hat on. I always go out of my way to welcome them home. I did so with him and he asked me if I had ever been to Guam, I told him I had and had graduated from UOG in 1974 and Guam was one of my favorite place on earth and he said “Your my friend forever.” That’s Guamanians, your friends forever. An example is “George Tweed” in WWII the Guamanians suffered a great deal to protect him. They didn’t need to, they just did.

          • Rowdy Yates

            That’s true but they also eventually gave up every other American for bribes except for Tweed and every one of those American service men were beheaded.

            The father of a Guamanian kid and family who lived next door to us B4 we got base housing was one of those hiding Tweed and was himself captured and beheaded by the Japs. The family hunted down the hiding Jap officer when the Americans invaded, captured him and executed him with his own sword, the same he’d used to kill their father and had it mounted on the wall of their living room.

          • CrazyEd

            Not often to share such things with people that have like experiences. More people need to get out of the country and enjoy other cultures.

          • Rowdy Yates

            End of ’97 to mid ’01 lived in Hong Kong and traveled all over Asia for my work. Most interesting and challenging years in my adult life. And it was the 1st time DW ever set foot outside the USA. It was a life changing move for her. Fully agree with your comment.

        • calntom

          My neighbor was stationed on Tinian during WWII

          • Rowdy Yates

            Step Dad worked for Sweeney who dropped the 2nd atom bomb flying out of Tinian.

            Dad flew out Australia, New Guinea, Biak, Samar, Leyte, and lastly Clark Field, P.I. when shot down bombing Formosa with entire crew of 10.

  • possumrld

    “The Top 10 Stoppers” would be a great followup piece, Kev!

  • CrazyEd

    Some of my favorite music …. Probably not on everybody’s play list, but the “old school” country blues is, to me, awesome stuff. It’s raw, and from the gut. Almost totally black, but maybe that’s what makes it. It’s almost always just guitar and the artist. If you have Pandora cue up a “Snooks Eaglin” channel and enjoy. Awesome stuff.

  • CrazyEd

    Old Goats Only … Little Deuce Coupe, Beach Boys. Who knows what a Flat Head is??? If you do, your old.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g1HtpTonJI I