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Lewis starting Cactus opener for Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. –€“ The Texas Rangers will use a six-man rotation early in spring with Colby Lewis getting the start in Wednesday's exhibition opener against Kansas City. Texas will use Lewis, Derek Holland, Yovani Gallardo, Nick Tepesch, Ross Detwiler and Yu Darvish as its starters early. Both Lewis and Gallardo are pitching in Wednesday's game against the Royals with Lisaverto...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

NU's Carlos Pena On 'Effective Velocity'

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Via FenwayNation
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Prospect Profile: Luke Jackson

A few weeks ago, ESPN’s Senior Baseball Writer Keith Law released his 2015 Minor League rankings for each Major League franchise. The Texas Rangers ended up 11th on Law’s rankings. Among some of Texas’ top prospects, starting pitcher Luke Jackson is one of the more fascinating players to keep an eye on throughout the season. Jackson was a supplemental first round pick by Texas...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rangers reach deals with 16 players

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers agreed to deals with 16 of their pre-arbitration eligible players Friday, leaving just seven players on the major-league roster unsigned. The highest-paid player among those agreeing to deals was right-hander Nick Tepesch, who will earn $517,760 on his split major-league contract. Second baseman Rougned Odor will make $513,850. Also agreeing to...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rougned Odor’s Future Looks Bright

Rougned Odor isn’t largely known outside of Texas. With the 21-year-old poised for MLB success, that reality might change. (Mandatory Credit: Getty Images/Mike Ehrman) Rougned Odor, unknown second baseman of the Texas Rangers, has a bright future. Despite FanGraphs’ disappointment in his 2014 numbers and that ghastly .297 on-base percentage, Odor should have a productive MLB...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rangers' Darvish feels good facing hitters for 1st time since August

  Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during batting practice Wednesday. Darvish missed the final seven weeks last season because of right elbow inflammation. ''I was able to do some things I'd worked on in the bullpen,'' Darvish said through a translator. ''My command was very good and there was...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Elvis Andrus Serenading Yu Darvish With R. Kelly’s ‘Bump N’ Grind’

After an injured plagued 2014 season, the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse is rightfully in a joyous mood this spring training. You know, except for the fact that top prospect Jurickson Profar is out for the season … again. But that bad omen aside, it’s all good. As you can see above, starting shortstop Elvis Andrus is in the best shape of his life and is expressing that feeling to...
Via Busted Coverage
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Scheppers drops creepy photobomb on Shawn Tolleson (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers dropped a photobomb on fellow pitcher Shawn Tolleson as he gave an interview in the team's spring training complex in Arizona.Scheppers snuck in and out of the camera shot without disturbing the interview, but the face he was making was mildly creepy.Video via MLB. This post appeared first on Holdout...
Via Holdout Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #42: Prince Fielder | 1B | TEX

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Fielder ranked 45th overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 42 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). One year into the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler swap, Detroit seems to have gotten the better end of the deal. One year from now, we could...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Texas Rangers projected batting order for 2015

The Texas Rangers projected Opening Day lineup for 2015: Yu Darvish the projected opening day starter for the Rangers Shin-Soo Choo OF Elvis Andrus SS Prince Fielder 1B Adrian Beltre 3B Mitch Moreland DH Michael Choice OF Leonys Martin OF Robinson Chirinos C Rougned Odor 2B Pitching Yu Darvish Shin-Soo Choo is coming off an injury-riddled year. His ankle seemed to bother him all...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers' lefty relievers see opportunity in numbers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas general manager Jon Daniels joked that the bullpen competition for the Rangers is a lot stronger from the right side than it is from the left side. That's what happens when you only have three left-handers in camp, two of which are 100 percent healthy. But while Daniels said the club will continue to look outside the organization for left-handed relief help...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Prince Fielder Return With a Monstrous Season?

Prince Fielder needs to bounce back this season with power and enormous production for the Texas Rangers. (Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) It wasn’t Prince Fielder’s year in 2014. After three home runs, 16 RBIs and a .360 slugging percentage in 42 games, the 30-year-old first baseman went down for the season with a neck injury. Not exactly how he envisioned starting...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How Adrian Beltre Has Defied Father Time

This is it. This is the year Adrian Beltre finally declines. Yep, you heard it here first, folks. Adrian Beltre is donezo. I mean, come on — dude’s about to be 36 years old. He’s logged 10,001 plate appearances since he entered the league in 1998, a number topped by only Derek Jeter. His defense […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Top Prospect: Joey Gallo

With pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training over the weekend, it is time to finally start getting excited for the on-field production of young invitees as they mix and mingle with the veterans. In this case, the spotlight shines brightest on Joey Gallo, the Texas Rangers‘ top prospect and Baseball America’s No. 6 overall prospect heading into spring training. It...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Extend Adrian Beltre Through 2016

Earlier on Monday the Texas Rangers announced that the club had exercised their club option on third baseman Adrian Beltre ensuring Beltre will remain with the club through the 2016 season. Beltre will turn 36 on April 7th and has told the Fort Worth Star- Telegram that he would like to stay with Texas for the remainder of his career as long as the Rangers stay competitive. Ultimately...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jurickson Profar: Former top prospect to miss second-straight season

The Texas Rangers once looked like a team with an absolutely stocked farm system and the jewel of that system was Curacaoan middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Well, two years later Profar looks like a guy who just can’t catch a break, as he is now set to miss his second season in a row. On Monday it was announced that Profar had a torn labrum in his right shoulder and would miss...
Via Rumors and Rants
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers pick up option on Adrian Beltre

The Texas Rangers have removed any uncertainty about the status of third baseman Adrian Beltre beyond the 2015 season. On Monday the club picked up his $16 million vesting option for the 2016 season. Beltre, 35, would have had to reach 586 pate appearances in order for the option to vest but now the Rangers are going to remove those requirements and bring him back. The Rangers have...
Via Tireball.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nelson hopes to continue record of sophomore-year success with Brewers

To a lot of people, it may seem like Jimmy Nelson is replacing Yovani Gallardo in Milwaukee's starting rotation. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is not one of those people. "He's not replacing Yo," Roenicke said of the right-handed Nelson. "We all are. Nelson is a guy we're going with that we expect a lot from. He's got really good make-up. He's a really aggressive guy. We're expecting...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pitching Triangle the Texas Rangers Created

Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers throws in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 9, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Mandatory Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images) Time after time hitting was always the dominant force in what drove the Texas Rangers. This upcoming season, the tables seemed to have turned. Texas seems to have a new weapon. 179 wins combined...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Rougned Odor’s brother, Rougned Odor

Oakland Coliseum is known for raw sewage backing up into its dugouts, but the strangest Odor in the American League West this year emanates from Texas. On Thursday, the Texas Rangers announced that they have signed the younger brother of second baseman Rougned Odor… Rougned Odor. That’s right, the Odor Brothers have the same first name. The elder Odor, who already gives the...
Via Rumors and Rants
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers go to spring with new manager and hope for health

The Texas Rangers go to spring training with a new manager, a few new pitchers, some healed hurlers and a couple of big-money bats they hope can stay healthy this time. After an AL-worst 95 losses last year, their most since 1985, the Rangers are ready for the fresh start that comes with spring training and a new season. ''We talk about establishing an identity or a cohesiveness...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Texas Rangers

It's unlikely that 98.6 percent of the Rangers' roster will end up on the DL again this season, so that's good. How many of their rebounders would you like to bet on? (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: SP Yovani Gallardo, SP Ross Detwiler Key...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #53: Yu Darvish | SP | TEX

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Over the next 2-3 days we’ll be profiling players whose ranks differ from that in the Draft Guide (after that it gets back to normal). The order of this countdown was set in November, and since then we’ve adjusted our thoughts on some players after further research, causing the rankings to shuffle. ...
Via Baseball Professor
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers: Countdown to Opening Day

Opening day (April 6th) is right around the corner and the Texas Rangers will get a chance to right the wrongs of last year. The season in which the Rangers ended up 67-95, last in the American League, 3rd to last in the entire MLB, and in search of a new manager. This coming just a few seasons after being within one out of winning the World Series. Rangers’ fans should have some...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Texas Rangers

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Texas Rangers. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta […]
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss
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