40-man: Taylor Hearn.

A continuing look at the Rangers 40-man roster.

Age: 26
Left-Handed Pitcher

Hearn was grateful for one thing in 2020. He got the opportunity to drop his major league ERA below 108.00. 

He is certainly a talent in demand. He was drafted by the Pirates in 2012. By the Reds in 2013. By the Twins in 2014. And by the Nationals in 2015. 

Washington then traded him to Pittsburgh who turned around two years later and traded him to Texas, along with Sherten Apostel.

The Royce City native was promoted to the Rangers in April of 2019 to make his first major league start. It lasted one-third of an inning. He walked four, gave up three hits and five runs, four earned. He was quickly put on the IL with elbow problems and never pitched again in 2019. 

He appeared in fourteen games in 2020, all out of the bullpen, to a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 innings. 

Hearn is expected to battle for a rotation spot in 2021. If not, he will pitch out of the bullpen. He is a player the Rangers need to take a long look at to see what they have.

Chances are, though, he is in the Rangers rotation for the next few seasons.