One to look out for. 40 comments


MLB.com has a list of the top prospect on every team to watch out for. For the Rangers, it’s left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn.

Here is what T. R. Sullivan said about him.

Spring Training is giving the Rangers a chance to take a good look at Hearn, 24, who was acquired from the Pirates in a trade for Keone Kela for ]at the end of July. He is at the forefront of a group of minor league starting pitchers who are expected to make an impact at the big league level in two to three years. Hearn, who is from nearby Royse City, has a fastball that hits 97-98 miles per hour but still has to refine his location. He has a good feel for a changeup, but is still working on his slider. He could end up with a future in the bullpen, but the Rangers will give him a chance to start.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Hearn just got sent down

    • calntom

      Exactly where he needs to be until September

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yep fo sure

    • CrazyEd

      Ho-Hum … New that’s not news. He was never going to make the roster. The intent was always to spend the year, or the major part of it, in AA/AAA.

      • calntom

        I think he is headed to Nashville

    • dearmidol

      Yep. I don’t think he meant this year but on nearby radar.

  • Mr.C

    Good morning Kevin and RR3 nation.

    Last night’s lineup reflects pretty much Woodward’s thinking in terms of Regular Season lineup. As a matter of facts, there is an article today about it which you may read by clicking in the following link:

    https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/texas-rangers/rangers/2019/03/12/inside-one-chris-woowards-biggest-lineup-decisions-rangers-manager-adrian-beltre

    The article kind of tell readers why Woodward is probably leading with Choo instead of DD; using Mazara as cleanup instead of Gallo; using Andrus in the top of the order, etc.

    The only reasoning I’m trouble with is that he said the catcher, independent of who is catching, will be batting 8th.
    Why? I may agree with his way of reasoning if the catchers have similar offense numbers; but if IKF is playing, he should not be in the 8th spot IMO.

    ((( YOUR THOUGHTS )))

    • CrazyEd

      I don’t have any. That stuff is way above my pay grade.

    • dearmidol

      I guess he bats catcher 8th no matter who it is to keep everyone else locked into their positions so the get comfortable there. Makes sense.

      • elkaba

        Plus maybe the catcher should have more important things to worry about until a bit later in the order? Like getting his pitcher off to a good start?

  • CrazyEd

    A little Etta Baker to brighten your morning.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psof7aNtzQ0

    • Rowdy Yates

      Look at those beautiful old hands. And boy howdy she can still play.

  • CrazyEd

    Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

    Hard-throwing left-handers always attract scouts and Hearn lit up
    radar guns enough to get selected in four consecutive Drafts: by the
    Pirates in the 22nd round in 2012 out of a Texas high school, by the
    Reds in the 36th round in 2013 and the Twins in the 25th round in 2014
    at San Jacinto (Texas) JC, and the Nationals in the fifth round in 2015
    out of Oklahoma Baptist, an NAIA program. Washington sent him to
    Pittsburgh a year later as part of a package for Mark Melancon, and the
    Rangers acquired him last July along with third baseman Sherten Apostel
    for Keone Kela.

    Hearn’s fastball sits in the mid 90s when he starts and has
    tickled triple digits, featuring riding action and high spin rates that
    get swings and misses up in the strike zone. Hitters who gear up for his
    heater are vulnerable to his changeup, which can be a plus pitch at
    times. He never has had great feel for spinning a breaking ball from his
    low-three-quarters arm slot, but he’s making progress with an 82-85 mph
    slider that still gets slurvy.
    Despite a history of elbow issues as an amateur, Hearn hasn’t had
    any arm problems as a pro, though he has missed time with foot (2016)
    and oblique injuries (2017). He stayed healthy last year, worked a
    career-high 129 innings and improved his control and command, all
    developments that enhance his chances of remaining a starter. If he
    heads to the bullpen, his fastball might park in the upper 90s and make
    him a late-inning fact

  • Rowdy Yates

    Getting harder to be a Rangers’ fan. Last night was a joke and a bad one at that. Greinke owned our boys who were just going thru the motions of playing a game. Did make a couple sharp DPs in the field though the runners were just trotting down the line to 1st. But DD showed again why he has no business on a MLB roster. He butchered the long fly ball just before the game was called for lack of interest more than the measly drizzling rain. Ran back to the wall jumped about 6 inches and the ball hit about 5 ft to the right of where he was. Didn’t have a clue where the ball was and thought it was a HR and just stood there with his hands on his hips. Meanwhile Calhoun’s running over from LF and picks it up and throws it in to barely hold it to a triple instead of an inside the park HR. The whole time DDs still standing there with his hand on his hips.

    Don’t think the Rangers came close to a base hit in the 4 innings. And there was no discernible reason to call the game that I could see. Fans were in their seats, had been drizzling on and off the whole game and then the two mgrs game out to the mound after the triple, talked a couple minutes and went back to their dugouts. The umps then came out to the mound and talked. Then they walked off the field. Then the players filed out of the dugouts and all walked off the field thru the CF gate. About 5 minutes later there was the announcement “Tonight’s game has been canceled”. The rain was minuscule IMO and pretty much all the fans booed. But the Teams got our $40 per tkt with no refund for the partial game and we got to watch not much of anything.

    The rest of the trip’s been great. Cooler and a little wetter than usual. Saw Profar go 0 – 3 while playing 2B for the As couple days ago. Think the As are right to have him at 2B as it’s his best position IMO and he could be a big help for them at the plate.

    • CrazyEd

      Sounds like a game nobody really wanted to play in the first place.
      Charging forty bucks for a ST game is already way above steep, but not offering refunds on a game that doesn’t exist is to me unconscionable. Not to mention highway robbery.

      • Rowdy Yates

        Yep, and not even an offer to switch for another game. Just shut off the lights and said ‘adios’. It was funny trying to find our cars in the dark and the drizzle but everybody was in the same situation. Don’t know why they didn’t at least leave the stadium lights on to help the fans see out in the dirt parking lot. It was a hoot in some ways!

    • dearmidol

      Yes, that was bullshit.

    • GoRangers23

      I’m sorry that your one Rangers game was stinky!

  • dearmidol

    Dear RR3 Nation:

    The entire staff of RR3—including management, writers, researchers, janitors, and interns—will be leaving the country on vacation Sunday March 17 and not returning until Tuesday March 26. Internet access is uncertain. I will post if and when I can. In the meantime, carry on without me. It might actually be better.

    We will return refreshed and ready for a new season.

    • CrazyEd

      Enjoy your trip. Getting out of the country is a good thing. Something more people need to do. If for no other reason than to see how good we have it. Take care, be safe, and enjoy.

    • Rowdy Yates

      ……. Oh the Humanity!

      • JacobMcCandles

        Hope he’s not traveling via Hindenburg😳

    • elkaba

      Have fun. Be safe.

    • calntom

      Have a good vacation Kevin. You deserve it. Be safe.

    • GoRangers23

      Have a safe trip! I hope you have a great time!

  • CrazyEd

    This is way off topic. C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”
    I read it years ago and was left with pretty much a “Ho-hum, just another book” feeling. A couple months ago I took the free on-line course from Hillsdale College on Lewis so I decided to dig out the dusty copy of the one book of his that I had and re-read it. This time instead of reading it straight through I took it a chapter per day. The chapters are short, just a few pages, because each one is a print version of a thirty minute radio broadcast. This gave me time to think about what the guy was saying. Reading it that way changed my whole outlook. For those who have not read it I highly recommend it. For those that have read it, have another go at it, a chapter per day.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Have read a bunch of Lewis

  • JacobMcCandles

    Enjoy your vacation Kev

  • Mr.C

    Have fun, stay vigilant overseas and enjoy your vacations with all your “staff”.

  • TD30

    Enjoy your vacation “staff members” you deserve it!

  • JacobMcCandles

    Got a sympathise with the Halos…more pitcher injuries

    • dearmidol

      Who now?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Heaney

  • elkaba
    • calntom

      Oh my………

    • GoRangers23

      He puts a litte booty in it. 😄

    • CrazyEd

      This guy is something else. I followed him all last year in Spokane and later in Hickory. Not just pitching, his personality. He’s really loose, more so than Holland was. If/when he makes it to the majors he’ll be a much sought after interview.