Minor ace. 104 comments


Warning: Spring stats don’t matter.

Okay, but, ignoring that warning, you have to be stoked about Mike Minor’s start yesterday.

Three innings. One hit.

So far this spring his ERA is 1.80. This might bode well for him this season.

Minor was frustrated last season by the short leash he was on. He’d get to 80 pitches and it was time for him to come out. He said he felt he was “harnessed back a lot.” He said he was never told what the plan was, but all he knew was that they had a pitch limit for him last year and he didn’t like it.

“If a hitter had a long at-bat or something. I was already thinking about the result at the end of the game, being taken out early because of pitch count or innings,” he recalled.

If we think as fans it’s frustrating to watch this steady parade of pitchers, imagine what it must be like to be a starting pitcher who wants to take the ball and finish what he started but not be allowed to.

But it’s a new season, a new regime, and a new start for Minor.

The Rangers could use some great stories this year.

  • Mr.C

    Line up today: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a877ce3a61d367750875bb8dc485d747238207d82af62b9648383ca4d74f04d8.jpg

    Gallo in CF, Tocci in the lineup again, no Machado in the other team.

    Hopefully this lineup will produce a few runs in the early innings.

    • CrazyEd

      Tocci has been getting an awful lot of playing time, at all three OF spots, for a guy that was supposedly ticketed for Frisco. I just took a look at Frisco’s 2019 roster and they only have two outfielders listed (Alverez and Rollin). So, I guess the Ranger’s haven’t made up their mind just yet. It looks like Frisco, Nashville or Arlington are all in the mix.

      • Mr.C

        Tocci was awful offensively last year. The team was not expecting him to look better than Calhoun.

        So far, Calhoun hasn’t showed he is better than Tocci IMO.

        • CrazyEd

          What makes it even more interesting is that there are those that feel Tocci is the best defensive outfielder the Ranger’s have. I have no special abilities as an evaluator of baseball talent, but he is obviously better at defence than Calhoun. If he has developed into a decent/good hitter I see no reason not to keep him.

          • Mr.C

            The only word of caution is that this is Spring Training pitching. The Tocci we are witnessing at the plate now, may not be the one we will see in the Regular Season. Nevertheless, he is looking better than Calhoun so far over the same play field.

            What about Forsythe, what’s your thoughts on him.

          • CrazyEd

            Zero thoughts on Forsythe. Have not seen enough of him to have an opinion. Never really paid any attention to him before.

          • Mr.C

            I think he was brought in for a purpose!

          • CrazyEd

            There’s a history of improvement there. Last season he was worse than terrible at the beginning of the season. The lack of AB’s in the minors was apparent. As the season progressed, he got better and better. Divide the season in half and he had a respectable second half. Divide it in thirds and he hit over .300 (skewed because of a three hit game and limited appearances, but still indicative). Some players don’t require a lot of minor league time. He’s no Dave Winfield by a long shot, but Winfield never spent a single day in the minors. Went straight from college to the Padres. Of course the Padres is 1973 were probably AAA level, but still. In Tocci’s case, I don’t know, but he’s been interesting to watch.

          • calntom

            I would be speculative on how Tocci would look against a full slate of MLB pitchers when the season begins. (as Claps also states) He does not have many AAA at bats. He was straight from AA and on to the roster last year

  • Mr.C

    Wow

    What a frustrating game was that yesterday.
    Gallo showed no progress at the plate and accumulated 2 more KOs. Pence didn’t hit the ball either and accumulated anther 2KOs.

    On the positive side, all pitchers did what they were supposed to do against a very weak Giants lineup. Tocci and Forsythe are making a push to make the 25-man roster. Specially, Tocci who had look much better offensively than Calhoun. Tocci can also play all 3 outfield positions.

  • CrazyEd

    Just in case anybody was wondering, I am ofically off the Scott Heineman bandwagon. He can’t seem to stay healthy. It’s just one ouch after another with him. Too bad, but it is what it is.
    Another offcal announcement. Going to make a fresh pot of coffee. Just finished the old one. Can’t function without a full cup.

    • calntom

      So what is the scoop with Heineman? I know he had the shoulder surgery. What else happened?

      • CrazyEd

        It’s been one thing after another. From bottom to top. Started with foot surgery and worked up from there. I don’t think he’s ever had an injury free season. He missed quite a few games in AAA also. It appears as if he’s one of those guys that’s just fragile. I hope once the shoulder is good to go that’s the end of it. I’ll be glad to jump back on the wagon.

        • elkaba

          Funny how some guys just can’t stay healthy. It was one of the major issues with Craig Gentry- he was fast, scrappy, a good teammate, but too fragile for MLB, always getting hurt.

          • calntom

            Gentry was just too pretty for BB

          • elkaba

            🙂

        • calntom

          Heineman only had 1 seven day stint on the Round Rock DL last year and managed 447 at bats.
          468 at bats in 2017 and 525 in 2016.
          He has hit at every stop with an OPS of .791 to .890

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not to shabby….

          • calntom

            I like that he spent a full season with each team from A, AA, AAA

          • CrazyEd

            Yup! He also spent the winter in the DWL where he did rather well. He has the desire for sure.

          • CrazyEd

            I agree with all of that; but, in addition to the time on the DL he had a number of one and two day stints where he wasn’t available due to some nick. It was a real bummer tuning in to a game to see how he was doing and he wasn’t doing. He’s a very intense guy which I suspect might be the reason. Which is another problem. He served a couple suspensions for getting in a ruckus with the umps. Sometimes box scores don’t show the whole story.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Just got put on the 60 DL

        • calntom

          Ahhhh, I get it now. Rangers had to open up a 40-man spot without losing anyone to waiver claim. Heineman was not going to be ready for 2-3 months anyways.

  • elkaba

    About the relative usefulness of ST… Yes, for fans and statisticians it’s hardly predictive of what’s to come once the season begins. It’s a fruit salad, a bunch of apples and oranges and pears and grapes all chopped up, cobbled together and tossed on the field in ways that obscure what’s to come once all these players are returned to their proper places. For us, it’s “just Spring Training.”

    But for staff and coaches it’s an informative and highly useful time, perhaps the most useful time each season, because it tells them where their players are mentally and physically compared to last season, what the off season has done for (or to) them and how successful (or not) they’ve been in addressing identified areas of weakness.

    We fans don’t get to see most of what’s really going on and the glimpses we do get are too fleeting to be anywhere near conclusive. So about the best we can do is enjoy the show and makes wild guesses about what we think (and hope) the coaches are seeing.

    • Nathan Whitten

      It SHOULD be a time where coaches teach their trade. That does not happen in the Texas part of Surprise. Or if it does, where is the evidence?

      • elkaba

        Well I have hope. There’s a new sheriff in town. And a whole new cadre of coaches. I’m going to give Woodward and Co. a mile of rope (just like I did Banister) before I label him/them either a step forward or backward from Wash. Wash wasn’t perfect by any measure, but the man did teach his players the game, and he had their backs- nobody has ever questioned that.

        They all PLAYED for Wash, something they never did for Banister. This rebuilding/not rebuilding/whatever it is that Daniels is doing has thrown all into chaos. It remains to be seen if Woodward is the right guy to pull it all together. And all we fans can do now is wait and see what happens.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Good post except for there were always people that questioned Wash, solely cuz they did not like him.

          • elkaba

            I didn’t say there weren’t plenty of people who didn’t like Wash and for any number of reasons. What I said was I never heard anyone question him in two areas, being a teacher of the game and having his players’ backs.

        • Mr.C

          The voice of reason. Nice reading your posts elk.

          • elkaba

            Thanks! Even better is have you back to enliven the discussions around here. Clap, clap, clap 🙂

        • dearmidol

          Interesting article in the Dallas Morning News today concerning Mazara. Apparently his relationship with Banister wasn’t great last year. He seems excited about Woodward and the new regime. I think it will be a breath of fresh air.

          • Nathan Whitten

            Read article. I hope that was the problem. Injury played a part. He did not perform well, for whatever reasons. Banister was not good. All was not his fault, though.

          • CrazyEd

            Elvis implied the same in an interview if you read between the lines.

          • elkaba

            I haven’t heard anyone lament Banister’s departure. In fact, lots of round about comments that make it sound like the players more or less welcomed his exit.

      • CrazyEd

        I’m of the opposite opinion. I’m stoked over what I am seeing. Hitters are working on specifics. Maz getting balls in the air, Joey strike zone awareness, etc. Yeah, results are going to be crappy for awhile. Modifying an approach at the plate is not an overnight thing, especially at the big league level. You have, at a minimum, three of the pitchers received in trades looking very good in big league camp. In no particular order; Hearn, Burke and Byrd.

        • Nathan Whitten

          If it is happening THIS year, then you’re privy to information that I am not. I was referring to the past. It is my only reference point. If you are there watching good things happen, great. I am not there, how could I be talking about it?

  • Nathan Whitten

    So does this mean Minor is now on the trade block? I’ll bet they can do as well as they did with Hamels. Maybe get two class A pitching prospects that are in their late 20’s. They are really building a strong farm system with these great trades. Between Darvish. Hamels, and most of their bullpen these idiots have Calhoun to show for it. I am so excited.

    • calntom

      Phillies need some pitchin’

      • Nathan Whitten

        They are trying to buy a Series. Only the Yanks have had much luck that way.

    • dearmidol

      I would bet he gets dealt this year.

      • Nathan Whitten

        Yes, I think you implied that when you wrote of his possible progress to be a solid starter. I think that you oppose it, as I do. Please don’t let me put words in your mouth. Why get Lynn and trade Minor? The team can rebuild without depriving fans of decent MLB.

  • JacobMcCandles

    TX gets Zak Granite…’another of who can’t hit……reason for getting him…couldn’t tell you.

    • CrazyEd

      JD might have been stoned.

      • JacobMcCandles

        I am betting on both of yall

    • Mr.C

      You beat me on the breaking news!

      Why you trade one of your pitchers for a CF that can’t hit is puzzling to me.

      • CrazyEd

        Well they really didn’t give up a pitcher. I remember
        Moore from last season at Spokane. Just in case I remembered wrong (entirely possible) I looked him up. My memory was good. Relief pitcher. 5.73 era (era is a flakey stat for relievers) also a WHIP of 1.64. If he ever becomes a good pitching prospect it will be a loooong time.

      • JacobMcCandles

        At first glimpse I thought I saw Zack Grienke!!

        • GoRangers23

          I did too. Mind blown for about two seconds. Lol

      • dearmidol

        I’m sure it’s just minor league depth.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Maybe JD’s trying to corner the market on ALL the CFs who can’t hit. Would be a rare accomplishment.

        • CrazyEd

          I can’t figure out why the Twinkies would want Moore. I think they took him just so they could get the cash.

  • Mr.C

    Texas up 3-0 after 1st inning vs Dodgers

    Lynn got 3 strike outs
    Davidson Got another HR
    Calhoun finally got a hit.

    • CrazyEd

      Davidson is making a strong statement for forcing the Rangers to make a roster move.

      • Mr.C

        He will definitely be in this team

  • Mr.C

    Burke looking good against th Padres

  • dearmidol

    It’s great to get to follow two games at once.

    • Mr.C

      I’m listening to Nadel and watching the Dodgers game.

      PS
      Pence had another stolen base.

  • dearmidol

    Matt Davidson is having a nice spring.

  • Mr.C

    Lynn pitching to David Freese
    lol

  • Mr.C

    Tocci with another clutch double

    • dearmidol

      Rangers scored six runs, so far, after the first two batters were out.

      • Mr.C

        Awesome

        • dearmidol

          Now 8-0. Odor just homered.

          • Mr.C

            clap clap Clap Clap Clap

  • dearmidol

    These spit squad games are a great idea. A chance to get so many players at-bats.

  • GoRangers23

    That was a really nice inning!

  • Mr.C

    Gallo laid a bunt to 3rd for a hit!!!!

    • GoRangers23

      Awesome! I had to switch over to the other game once we got home, so I am now missing the game that Gallo is in. I hope he can perfect that by the time the season starts!

    • dearmidol

      That’s huge.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Huh didn’t know the game was going to be on MLB network. Dodger’s just tied it though.

    • WhoKnowscs

      It’s delayed though.

  • CrazyEd

    Three take aways so far (I’ve probably missed a couple more). Burke looked good, throw in Byrds showing yesterday and the Profar trade is, so far, looking good). Odor went oppo for a double, and Gallo laying down the bunt.

    We’re probably going to see more oppo hits this year because reports are they’ve been working hard on it in ST.

  • GoRangers23

    I’m watching one game on tv and I’m listening to the other one on MLB.com, all while I play a video game on my phone. I’m so ambidextrous……or something. 😄

    • GoRangers23

      In a related note, I think I’ve developed gamers wrist in the off season. I may need to start the season on the DL…..injured list

      • dearmidol

        What is gamers wrist?

        • GoRangers23

          I was kidding, but it is a pain that develops in your wrist from playing WAY too
          many online games. 😄

  • WhoKnowscs

    Spring Training Baseball – Alvarez has a 1.000 average, and a 2.000 OPS and he just walked.

  • Rowdy Yates

    In Albuquerque airport after a couple days with the 2 grandkids here and after almost a week in Breck skiing. Well, supposed to have been skiing. Caught some intestinal bug (not good when on the slopes that knocked me off several days and the last day had a foot of powder that my old legs can’t deal with anymore … nor my buddies. But generally great conditions with sun, near 40 degrees and no wind (rare at Breck) the rest of the week.

    Off in another week for only 4 or 5 ST games but think my brother Ed only scheduled one Rangers game so won’t see much of the team I’m there to see! From y’alls posts looks like another “verrry innnteresting” season of ups and downs.

    • GoRangers23

      I’m glad you made it through the week without breaking any bones! 😄. That intestinal bug might have saved your life. Ha!

      I’m sorry to hear that you were sick, but it sounds like you had a fairly good time anyway. Have a safe flight home!

    • dearmidol

      That’s too bad you got sick. Hope you’re feeling better.

  • CrazyEd

    You know the Rangers are throwing everybody in the game when Terry gets an AB. I didn’t even know he was in camp. They guy can hit, but come on, he’s from short season A ball. One of my favorit Indians. Will he make the majors. Probably not unless it’s as DH.

  • CrazyEd

    Espinal was the fourth player in the Profar trade. I’m not looking for much, but wouldn’t mind being surprised.

  • WhoKnowscs

    26 games left in spring training.

  • CrazyEd

    I don’t know if I can comprehend what I’m seeing. Players going oppo, traded for pitches throwing lights out innings, and surgical rehabs looking good. Sooner or later, they’ll bring me to ground, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

    • dearmidol

      It’s baseball, and it’s back and right now that’s fine by me.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Yep some positive things in the last few days…not big on ST records but I think this team could use some positive feeling before opening the season with three games with the Cubs and three games with the Stros

      • dearmidol

        I agree. It’s always nice to get that winning culture.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Must’ve missed something…Where is Cabrera

  • CrazyEd
    • JacobMcCandles

      And very refreshing in our wonderful PC world……Spokane Salish

      • CrazyEd

        Yup. It just doesn’t look good, it has a meaning and used for a purpose. It represents the Red Banded Trout which was a traditional food source for the Spokane Tribe. Part of the money from the jersie sales goes to protecting the fishes habitat. The reason for the Salish is the language is dying out and it’s to generate interest in the language. The Tribe is a sponsor of the team and are consulted before any promotion is approved.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Its just so nice to embrace our History not erase it as so many are trying to do.

  • azrangerfan

    The link is about a rookie in the AZ organization. Great attitude and I wish Gallo would accept this guys thoughts on hitting.
    Gallo could be great if it was more about hitting for avg than just the long ball or a K.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/path-to-majors-finally-clear-for-diamondbacks-slugger-christian-walker/ar-BBUjFIL

  • CrazyEd

    Change of scenery or just wait until ….???

    Spokane Indians‏Verified account @spokaneindians

    19m19 minutes ago

    Spokane Indians Retweeted Dan Hayes

    Indians alum Martin Pèrez (’08) is turning some heads with his #SpringTraining performance.

    Spokane Indians added,

    Dan HayesVerified account @DanHayesMLB

    Scout in stands on Martin Pérez:
    “He was mostly 95-97. That little cutter at 90-91 is filthy. … That’s the best I’ve ever seen him.” #MNTwins

    0 replies

    0 retweets

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    • Rowdy Yates

      I don’t wish him ill. But I don’t wish him success either given how long the Rangers stuck with the putz!

    • dearmidol

      How many times did he turn heads as a Ranger only to turn stomachs the next outing?

  • CrazyEd
    • Mr.C

      AWESOMENESS !

    • dearmidol

      That’s great.

    • possumrld

      lol! How funny! Kris Bryant will never forget that!

    • GoRangers23

      Hilarious! 😂

  • possumrld

    Yep! The dumb pitch count thing was good ol’ Bannister’s philosophy no matter what. And am I ever glad he is history! And I know I am not alone in this sentiment.