Texas pleads the fifth. 91 comments


Adrian Sampson strikes out Alex Gordon with bases loaded in the top of the fifth.

 

Games are often won or lost in one inning.

Seasons might be as well.

The fifth inning the defining inning of not only yesterday’s game, but also the Rangers re-vamped rotation. And maybe even the season.

Just like that, the Rangers rotation has been transformed.

They jettisoned Shelby Miller to the pen. They lost Edinson Volquez to the IL. Now all they have to do is find an able-bodied replacement for Drew Smyly and the complete makeover will have taken place.

The Rangers did what they needed to do. Win three of four against the hapless Royals. They should have won all three, but after losing Game One of the series, they did the best they could.

Now they play an even worse team in Baltimore. Three games. Three guaranteed wins.

Adrian Sampson was as dominating as a pitcher could be. Eleven strikeouts. No walks. One run. In seven innings.

But it all came down to the critical fifth inning.

Kansas City led off their half of the fifth with a single, a bunt single and another bunt single. The Rangers one-run lead was teetering with their best hitter, Whit Merrifield, up. He drilled the ball, but right into Asdrubal Cabrera’s glove. One out. Then Sampson struck out the next two hitters to get out of a major jam.

The Rangers responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. And what could have been a disasterous inning ended up being a brilliant inning.

It could be the defining moment for the Rangers. A team that has been defined by far too much losing of late would certainly like to dip into the thesaurus for a new set of words.
*****
NO GAME TODAY.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Morning Kevin! Good Grief! I thought I was the only one that kept weird hours.

    Draft day; I have no idea who/what the Rangers are going to pick. Been scouting through all the orgs that post mock drafts and nobody else does either. Baseball America seems to have the closest to consensus on it but other than good guesses they aren’t firm either. Here’s what they have.
    “Here’s
    another spot that could shake up the draft. We’re still hearing rumors
    that the Rangers want to save money here, but Texas Tech third baseman
    Josh Jung and Bishop are being tied to Texas more lately. Brett Baty and
    Jackson Rutledge could be underslot candidates, while we can’t count
    out Manoah or Shea Langeliers either. This also sounds like the highest
    spot for Tulane third baseman Kody Hoese. It sounds like Hunter Bishop
    and Corbin Carroll are less likely for Texas at this point.”
    If anybody is curious about the save money thing, very briefly, each club is assigned a certain amount that they can spend at a certain “slot” (draft position). If they spend less, they can use it at a lower slot for a player that may have fallen in the draft because he was/is asking too much (crap shoot).

    • RR3

      The first round has not been kind to the Rangers in the Jon Daniels era. It would be nice if they were able to hit on something for once.

      • Mr.C

        Yeap. This could be the the draft that may prove JD’s “Lessons Learned”.

        • elkaba

          Recently read a piece on the 2009 draft, which was an unusually strong class and an unmitigated disaster of a draft for the Rangers. The most shocking bit of news for me? The guy assigned to get a look at a particular prospect named Trout never made it to see him all year due to repeated weather and scheduling conflicts. I sure hope this particular lesson is one that’s been learned now.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I just Googled the 2009 draft. The Angels picked 24th and 25th. They picked Randal Grichuk at 24 and Trout at 25. If they had not had the supplemental pick at 25 they would have missed on Trout also. Twenty three other teams passed on him. Baseball is indeed strange.

          • isittime

            Very, Hard to believe a guy built like a linebacker,run like a deer, mash like miguel cabrera got missed by so many

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            He wasn’t even considered the Angel’s best prospect. Number 3.

          • isittime

            Crazy! That’s baseball. Harder to hit on prospects thank on the field.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Lot of scouting is done via computer nowadays

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            Somebody has to select and input the data. Therein lies the human element. Garbage in, garbage out.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        JD, and crew, need to get this one right, but I’m not optimistic. The process is too complex to be fixed this quickly. Maybe he did it, but I don’t think it could be done in a year or two. Think about it … Literally hundreds of scouts feeding information to the (with the Rangers) twenty eight people in baseball operations who then process the data and make recommendations to JD and the owners who make the ultimate decision. Correcting all the weak spots is a huge undertaking. I don’t even know which end to start with, baseball ops or scouting. I suppose scouting because if your getting bad information from there baseball ops isn’t going to help much. It’s all way above my paygrade.

        • elkaba

          I hope they don’t get too cute with it. This isn’t rocket science. Just take the best player available when it’s your turn regardless of position.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            Part of the problem is identifying that best player from the hundreds available when they are two to five years from the major leagues. So much can change in that amount of time. Just a few months can result in major changes. Emmanual Clase could barely break 90 with his fast ball last season. Now he sits 100 and hits 102. Joe Palumbo was pretty much junk until this year. He found something and is now one of the better pitching prospects. He was a very deep draft pick, I think 30th round. Juremi Profar was mired in obscurity, suddenly this year he’s developed into a viable prospect. The list goes on. A reverse list could be built starting with Jurickson Profar.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Curse of Matt Purke

    • isittime

      I’m kinda hoping they go with Langeliers. College catcher already very good defensively with a cannon for an arm and no holes in his swing. Just doesn’t need to try do too much when at the plate.
      The Rangers always take low floor/ high potential kind of players. He already has a high floor.

  • Nate Whitten

    You are right sir, the rotation is nearly revamped complete and even pretty good–for now. It will take more of this to convince me. But for now Sampson looks like a solid starter. The 5th was crucial. A hit with the bases loaded and no one out could have turned the game into a nightmare. But Samson got it done. Like a good starter does. An added bonus is that Miller appears to be a good fit for the ‘pen.
    Considering his last start Tand a few games before then, Jurado looks like he may be a pretty decent starter, even if he needs an opener. Lynn has settled in and his ERA is going down. He looks like a good #2 guy. And then there is Minor, who is now one of the best in the AL. That’s 4. Two more than what we thought. They didn’t have to go get pitching, they just needed to find out what they had. Which goes to show that things are not always as they 1st appear.
    Yes, the Rangers should have won all 4 games. Isn’t it ironic that the only game they lost was one that we’d think was a sure W. Why? Minor was pitching. He lost to pitiful KC. I do not want to whip a dead horse, but nothing is for sure. Like sweeping the O’s. I won’t rag on the matter, but just say that 3 wins by Texas in not guaranteed. But, I sure hope it happens.

  • elkaba

    Happy Draft Day, Rounders! Here’s hoping we make the most of it!

    Nice to have all this good pitching news. And we can add that Volquez is already back up and playing catch lately- who’d have thunk it? This bunch of hapless retreads is turning out to be not half bad. (I’m even semi-impressed with JD. 🙂

    • JacobMcCandles

      Gotta admire someone who drinks this early!!!LOL

      • Mr.C

        JD kool aid

        Come on Jake give it a try

        • JacobMcCandles

          I have ever since he got here…

      • elkaba

        Ha!

    • Nate Whitten

      For real, we may have been too quick to judge JD regarding the pitching he gave Woodward. Yes, there has been some rearranging. but all of it has been within the organization.

      • elkaba

        Woodward is as big a surprise as the pitching he’s rearranged, at least to me. I give him a ton of credit for this surprising season.

    • isittime

      I’m with Kevin thou. We still need to do something with Smyly. He’s almost gauranteed spotting the oppostion 6 or 7 runs per start.

    • possumrld

      elk, I have always felt JD got an overly negative bad rap, after he and Nolan parted ways. It infuriated many Rangers fans, and I think some are still very anti JD, chiefly because of that unfortunate chapter in Rangers history. And I also think there is still yet some lingering bias and left over bad feelings about JD over it all.
      I well remember back in the earlier days of the split, there seemed to be a line of sorts which was “drawn in the sand” so to speak, by some Rangers fans, that if you did not step over it into the realm of “JD hate”, there was a snubbing of sorts. And there was some ranker heaped on some Rangers fans, which was mostly directed towards anyone who defended JD in the least. I know I experienced it. And I feel like it badly damaged some relationships here, because there seemed to me to be no reasoning with that attitude at all, at the time.
      I just backed away for awhile. But unfortunately, I think we lost many a good Ranger fan from this site over it, who left us, never to return.
      I would foster this question; If Nolan had stayed, would it have really made any difference in the disastrous injury riddled seaosn of 2014? I think not. And if the JD / Nolan rift had not happened, and Nolan were still here, but things had still gone down about the same way as they have over the past 3 or 4 seasons, would there be nearly as much of the very caustic criticisms of JD, as there seems yet to be at times now?
      Somehow I think not.
      I realize JD is far from perfect. But I don’t think he is the worst GM by any stretch either. And I do think there is yet a lingering hangover from the unfortunate Nolan / JD rift. And that is a very unfortunate thing to me as well.

      • Mr.C

        Preach

      • isittime

        If we want to put things in perspective. Think about how shitty this organisation was before JD’s ERA. Just 2 playoff apperances in close to 40 years, and got bounced in the 1st round in both. The last 10 years we went to 2 world series, 2 didvision title games, and a wild card. We haven’t seen the promised land, but at least sniffed it.

      • elkaba

        Well I can only speak for myself, and I never was that impressed with Nolan to begin with. Sure, he was a great pitcher. Sure, he gave us legitimacy coming out of bankruptcy. Sure, he brought in a new ownership group and the Maddox boys and some true pitching savvy. But that helped Wash, who admitted to being weakest in the pitching department, more than anyone else.

        I was firmly in JD’s camp at the split. Nolan had made some mistakes with going after certain pitchers and had let his ownership percentage dwindle covering his share of operating shortfall dues with the organization for years, and his heart and his sons were always in Houston more so than here. When he left, he had little skin in the game with the Rangers. It was time for him to go. And time for JD to sink or swim on his own.

        I hoped JD would benefit from Nolan’s absence and Preller’s absence, too. Preller always struck me as too quick to make expensive and somewhat questionable moves (as I think he’s done in SD since becoming GM.) But JD has not stepped up as I expected him to. And taking on the role of GM and President by himself kind of leaves him nowhere to cast blame for many, many mistakes but in the mirror.

        I know he’s done some major reworking of the org. in the last couple of seasons. And that’s good. Needed to happen years ago. Anyone who doubts that hasn’t been paying attention to our woeful lack of success in drafting, player evaluation, off season acquisitions and player development.

        But this is it for JD. This year has worked out pretty well, all things considered. There’s a lot of leftover garbage from JD’s tenure to get through until we see a full class of drafted, developed players hit the Rangers MLB club. And unless JD can go out between now and next season and give us a fully functional, talented and appropriately staffed team, I think it’s time for him to go or to hire himself a real GM. He’s had long enough to learn on the job.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Yep losing Ryan could go either way….but Ryan,Preller,Welke,Moore,Wash……JD clearly sunk like a ton of bricks.

        • FatEddy Period, That’s it

          Anybody that cared enough to ignore all noise and seriously research what happened, including Nolan’s part in purchasing the franchise, would have an awakening. It’s hard to get past all the pro-Nolan noise, but the information is out there. Greenberg was the guy that actually put the team that purchased the Rangers together. Ironically he was the first guy out. He knows how to run a franchise. Dr. Pepper ball park is the best drawing ball park in AA.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Good points ED…but location and clientele pay a huge role in that success as well.

          • elkaba

            LOL, seriously? You think Frisco is a shoo-in for a AA minor league baseball team? Come on. Those one percenters have tons of better things to pour their big bucks into. That location is packed with things to do. Greenberg pulled off a minor miracle getting folks to follow the Rough Riders!

          • JacobMcCandles

            Never said shoo in but I do think the location is better than you…excellent family adventure spot.

          • elkaba

            Yeah, I know it was Greenberg. And yes, that man knows how to run a franchise.

            I just didn’t really want to get into all the nitty-gritty Nolan stuff, (hopefully avoiding a nuclear response) and all his “my way or the highway” moments that worked pretty well until he pulled that one too many times with the JD situation.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Scott Lucas on Sam Huff: “Sam Huff’s bat has been declared illegal in all fifty states.”
    Current stats: BA .335, OBP .370, SLG .701, OPS 1.071.

  • WhoKnowscs

    A straight up list of Texas Rangers first round Draft Pucks:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Texas_Rangers_first-round_draft_picks

    • isittime

      Very few of those guys panned out in the JD era . Most were traded away.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep, only 1 hit(for the Rangers) in JD era. And for only 2 months so far at that(Gallo, and he was the 2nd pick that season.)

  • WhoKnowscs

    What was JD’s first draft pick? 2008?

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Something that gets missed is that baseball is the one sport where the GM is most distanced from the draft. Hockey is next. Football and basketball are the two where the GM is immediately impacted. He had better hit on his first rounder or he’s probably dead. Baseball and hockey there are two to five years before you really know whether the draft was successful or not. The Ranger’s have done reasonably well in the past two years. They have some really good looking players in the lower minors; Bubba Thompson, Chris Seise, Cole Winn, Hans Crouse, Sam Huff, a plethora of relievers, etc. Before that, most of their successful draftees have been lower round players that were sort of place fillers. No “stars.” Of course there aren’t that many real stars drafted by anybody year in and year out. Those type of players are few and far between.

    • WhoKnowscs
  • possumrld

    Hey Rangers fans! I don’t mean to rub anything anyone’s faces. Nor am I claiming this seaosn as an unqualified success just yet either. But I am compelled to say that I think the many rumors of this this perhaps being one of most miserable seasons in Rangers history “was highly exaggerated”.
    I am cautiously optimistic now. After all, this team has done two things many thought impossible, or that they could not or would not ever do. And that is, they have stayed at, or around or just over .500 this far into the seaosn. And they have actually gotten a brief sniff of the playoff’s, via wild card race!
    I make no assumptions, nor do I have any solid post season expectations – just yet. But I am the consummate “hopeless hoper”. I am the king of “hanging on ’till there ain’t nothing left to hang onto”. And as such, I do think the Rangers have a chance. It may be that classic, “Dumb and Dummer”, “One in a million” chance.
    But I am “Sayin’, there is a chance”! Which has made this seaosn way more fun so far, than even I, the forever, “unrealistic, brightly rose tinted glasses guy”, could ever have hoped or dreamed of.
    Go Rangers!!!

    • Mr.C

      90 wins baby!

    • Rowdy Yates

      Poss I think almost everyone here expected the Rangers to be marginally better than last yr. Which wasn’t saying much, such as I expected them (and still do) to win about 72 games. 1/3 of the way thru the season they’re on track right now to beat that by about 20 wins. But they’re in the middle of a stretch of about 40 games where they play almost all really, really BAD teams. July – Sept the mountain gets a lot higher and I still expect them to finish under .500. But if they finished 80-82 instead of the 72-90 I predicted I’d still be a Very Happy Camper given the state of the pitching staff on May 1st. Even more so considering the bottom 1/3 of this lineup has consistently had 3 guys hitting sub .200 all season and it doesn’t look like that’s improving the way the pitching has.

      • Mr.C

        Good post Rowdy

        I’m counting on the team to build momentum against the Os and As so that it would carry against better teams in June.

        I still think the bullpen needs more work. Gomez is gone, but Dowdy is still there. Carpenter was called; but hasn’t been given a chance to show what he has to offer yet. Fiegl still in NAS, he should be called and Dowdy returned.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Every ***First Round*** draft pick in the Jon Daniels Era

    2006 Kasey Kiker
    2007 Blake Beavan
    2007 Michael Main
    2007 Julio Borbon
    2007 Neil Ramirez
    2007 Tommy Hunter
    2008 Justin Smoak
    2009 Matt Purke
    2009 Tanner Scheppers
    2010 Jake Skole
    2010 Kellin Deglan
    2010 Luke Jackson
    2010 Mike Olt
    2011 Kevin Matthews
    2011 Zach Cone
    2012 Lewis Brinson
    2012 Joey Gallo
    2012 Collin Wiles
    2013 Alex Gonzalez
    2013 Travis Demeritte
    2014 Luis Ortiz
    2015 Dillon Tate
    2016 Cole Ragans
    2017 Bubba Thompson
    2018 Chris Seise
    2019 Cole Winn

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      The last four guys on that list are front line prospects. Ragans is just back from TJ, so suffered a set back from that, but looks real good now that he’s back. The bottom three are in the lower minors but looking real good. Time will tell. Smoak took forever and two trades to finally develop, but he’s finally doing well. Tate doesn’t look like he’ll ever make the majors. I think Thompson and Seise are the closest to being sure things. Winn, being a pitcher, who knows. So many things can go wrong from TJ to bad backs.

  • Mr.C

    Except for the series against the Angels, the team so far had been doing what they were supposed to do.

    That said, against Baltimore, playing in front of a home crowd, Texas should sweep the series. Then Rangers will face Oakland at home on a 4 game series.

    For some reason, Oakland seems to have the Rangers number. Texas needs to win the series from the A’s.

    If all this happens, Our Texas Rangers will have a solid 36-28 record in the standings.

    Is 90 wins possible?
    Absolutely!!!!!

    Go Rangers
    clap clap clap clap clap

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      I never expect to sweep a series. It happens, but it’s a difficult thing to do, even against a team such as Baltimore. I hope they do, but I don’t expect it.
      Like you said, Oakland is the Ranger’s kryptonite. There’s just seems to be something about the color green. Just taking two of four from them seems to be a major accomplishment. Three of four would be awesome.

  • JacobMcCandles

    More draft tidbits…..Nick Williams just cut by the Phils…..our 2012 second rounder. Williams cut,Alfaro has been moved on,,Asher and Eickoff never amounted to much….Thats the nucleus including Thompson. Worked out well for JD and TX…..can’t grow it so buy it I guess.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      The whole purpose of the minor leagues is to furnish players to the major league club. How it’s done, via developed prospectw or via trade, doesn’t matter. I guess if you’ve got prospects that you don’t think will pan out, you might as well trade them for someone that will hopefully be better, even if it’s for a rental that hopefully meats an immediate need. It’s like a high stakes poker game.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t….I firmly believe in using prospects as currency…..as long as you don’t continue to do that or put yourself in a position of “having” to do it which is what has happened to us. The best scenario is a mixture of Vets and youth.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    Listening to the pre-draft on XM. Listening to the talking heads argue over who should be the number one pick is crazy. They can’t agree on anything.

    • RR3

      I guess that’s to be expected. It is an inexact science.

      • FatEddy Period, That’s it

        What’s funny is that now the draft has started they are all in agreement and can’t say enough good things about every pick.

  • elkaba
    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      Was “Pull Happy” mentioned?

      • elkaba

        LOL. No. But he did say they are worried because of how hard he works and how deep and repetitive his slumps have become. It’s puzzling to me how they all talk about how hard he’s working, yet we have all seen that he’s basically ignoring everything they have said they want him to do to fix his issues, being pull happy included.

        • WhoKnowscs

          I think my problem with Odor is sort of hinted at in the article with this partial quote “I do think with Rougie that there is a level of concern. In large part because this is not the first time it has happened, it’s not the first year and you don’t want to make a habit of kind of getting into these deep holes and having to put a program together to get out of it.” JD though sounds like he’s blind to it, but I think that maybe Odor just isn’t that good and never has been because good players don’t consistently start every season in deep holes.

          In 2016 he hit his highest average for a season at .271. However he was the only “qualified” hitter to finish with an average higher than .270 and a sub .300 OBP since he premiered in the Majors in 2014. Ironically AJ Pierzynski in 2013 when he played with the Rangers was the last to do it but Catcher is a position with qualities other than just hitting and defense to measure how good one is. 2016 was his first full season where he qualified to rank. 2015, JD actually had to send him down in May because he was bad. In 2014 he was rushed too soon out of desperation from injuries.

          He signed his big contract in 2017 but the book appeared to be out by then. In 2017 he hit above the Mendoza (.215) in only May(.216) and July(.266) He finished 2017 hitting like he is now. In 2018 he hit really well in June, July(he was actually on fire for this omonth), August but finished hitting .202 in September.

          He appears to be capable of being on fire per July, 2018 But it’s just too unreliable and unsustainable as he spends more than half his time being abysmal.

  • isittime

    Ranger went with Josh Jung Texas tech 3rd baseman with 8th pick

    • RR3

      I’ve heard good things about him.

      • Mr.C

        Local from San Antonio, TX

        Good hitter, power.
        His all time player favorite…, Brooks Robinson.

      • isittime

        I think it’s a good pick. They say one of the top all round hitters in the draft. And a righty. I was hoping for shea longeliars, but we’re stacked with catchers in our system

    • WhoKnowscs

      And the prediction thread was 100 percent right up till this point. But it also made sure to say this was the tipping point in the mock draft ups and did mention Jung as a possibility:

      From MLB.com’s prediction thread:
      “8. Rangers: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

      This could be a tipping point in most mocks, with the Rangers being mentioned in possible deals with Baty and Josh Jung from Texas Tech. But Bishop has tools and upside as a college hitter, not something that comes around every day.”

      • WhoKnowscs

        By that thread, Giants and Rangers just swapped predictions.

      • isittime

        I saw a lot of mocks showing Texas taking bishop. He’s a monster like 6’5 can mash and run.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      According to 2080 baseball:

      “After
      a strong freshman season in which he slashed .306/.395/.453 on his way
      to being named the top freshman in the Big-12, Jung outdid himself as a
      sophomore. This spring, the Texas Tech infielder is leading the
      conference in hitting (.384), on-base percentage (.490), runs (68), and
      RBI (77) as the Red Raiders continue their post-season run into Super
      Regionals.

      There’s plenty of physicality in his broad-shouldered frame, making
      him an imposing figure in the batter’s box. Jung takes professional
      at-bats, controlling the strike zone and punishing any mistake that
      catches too much plate. A gap-to-gap hitter, Jung’s raw power is at
      least above-average, with additional projection remaining. He’s a
      below-average runner, with limited range at the hot corner, but his
      hands and footwork are both adequate and his arm is plus, with easy
      carry across the diamond. Jung’s strong spring earned him a spot on the
      Collegiate National Team this summer where he’ll slot into on a highly
      impressive infield with big time offensive chops”

  • Rod Harper

    Here was a scouting report on Rangers draft pick Josh Jung a couple of months earlier. According to the article, it shows what his ceiling might be.

    https://www.lonestarball.com/2019/4/30/18523906/2019-texas-rangers-draft-preview-josh-jung-mlb-rumors

  • WhoKnowscs

    Anyone notice how many high draft picks come from Texas Schools? And not just Baylor/TCU

    • Rod Harper

      Texas is rich in baseball prospects! I can tell you that!

    • WhoKnowscs

      5 of the top 12 picks have been from Texas Schools this year so far.

    • TD30

      I was noticing that too.

  • Tony Howell

    Sam Huff is having a great season at down east, needs to move up to Frisco. The Frisco catcher is 30 years old not in the future plans for the Rangers. Huff is 21 4th season in the minors. Would like to see this kid given a real shot to move up to the majors. Just think if he can hit 175 he’s already better than Mathis.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Every time I see “Sam Huff” I think of a scene from the movie “Invincible” about Vince Papale. But its a “Sam” Huff that was in football.

    • FatEddy Period, That’s it

      I think your referring to Sanchz. He’s there more to offer his ML experiences to the younger pitchers/catchers than as a promotable prospect. That said, I don’t think Morgan or Kowalcyk (SP?) are top notch prospects either. One of the two would have to be moved to make room for Huff if the Rangers were in any hurry which I don’t think they are. It won’t hurt to let Huff dominate A+ pitching and get more reps behind the plate before being promoted. He’ll get his chance, but with a catcher, more than any other position, experience is a good thing.

  • WhoKnowscs

    2 Texas Universities TTech and Baylor.

    • isittime

      And both 3rd basemen, interesting.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Yep, noticing that too. 2nd looked like his nickname could be “Caveman”

        • isittime

          They said he has a big personality, seemed high on him.

      • WhoKnowscs

        Well I guess since they don’t intend to have Gallo play third now.

  • FatEddy Period, That’s it

    I wouldn’t get too wound up about Jung, there’s plenty of evaluators that had him well below eight. They seem to question his agility/range and his power. They like his arm and hit for average. Cautious optimism would seem to be in order.

    • WhoKnowscs

      Trade Bait.

    • isittime

      They just took a pitcher from ucla. Garcia. They’re going all college players so far.

      • WhoKnowscs

        I’m just hoping they aren’t going for Tommy John Pitchers.

        • isittime

          I don’t know if you can avoid that anymore. Seems rampant with pitchers these days.

          • FatEddy Period, That’s it

            I read an article that said about seventy five percent of major league pitchers have had TJ at one time or another.

          • WhoKnowscs

            it helps if you don’t pick ones that have already had it

  • WhoKnowscs

    Ryan Garcia . . . they left Texas.

    It’s always weird how their’s always 1 or 2 that are “ranked” high not get chosen. This year it’s Matthew Allan at 13.

  • WhoKnowscs

    Tampa took 2 guys I was hoping Rangers might have took. Knowing their track record they’ll turn out to be Aces that once they leave Tampa will fall off.