September 2009

New Top 20 Rangers Prospects column.

The folks at MLB.com posted the latest installment of my weekly ranking
of the top 20 prospects in the Rangers’ farm system this morning on the
official Rangers website, www.texasrangers.com

 

Here’s a direct link to the column:

 

http://dwarfurl.com/fc593

 

Please note that the column is set up to allow fan comments at the
bottom of the page.

 

– Jamey

Texas takes two.

David
Aardsma just punched Kendry Morales out to nail down a 2-1 Seattle win over the
Angels.  The six-game Los Angeles cushion over Texas in the West is now
4.5 games.  Boston won, but the Rangers still shaved off half a game in
the Wild Card chase, drawing to within 3.5 games of the Red Sox.  That’s a
good day.

 

Brandon
McCarthy in Game Two tonight: first-pitch strikes to 17 of 22 Blue Jays faced,
11 groundouts and six flyouts (where did that come from?), an acceptable
15 pitches per inning, a really strong 6.1-frame effort that was even better
than 6.1-3-1-1-2-2 might suggest.

 

McCarthy
and Dustin Nippert saving the bullpen for the most part – just like you figured
they would.

 

(Which
one pitches on Monday in Cleveland?)

 

On
August 30 I wrote: “[Chris] Davis has brought the plane of swing
down, creating the deadly backspin that we saw last summer, he’s keeping the
bat in the zone longer, and he’s using all fields.  He’s hitting just
.250/.286/.400 since returning from AAA – but he’s about to explode.
” 
Since then, Davis is hitting .545/.500/.818 with 6 RBI in three games.
 He’s dangerous again.

 

That
Josh Hamilton we saw tonight?  I remember that guy.

 

An
amazing Neftali Feliz statistic from Game One: of his 20 strikes (out of 27
pitches over two perfect innings), guess how many were swung at and missed?

 

One.

 

Nine
called strikes, eight foul balls, two balls put in play.

 

When
Feliz commands his breaking ball, something he’s been able to do most nights
he’s taken the ball, the guys with the bat have no chance.  When he’s
rifling 96 at the knees or on the hands, and spinning the ball at 76 and
hitting his spots, they’re not even able to get the bat off their shoulders.

 

Frankie
Francisco slamming the nightcap shut on a mere eight pitches: Huge.

 

Michael
Young has been picking his teammates up all year.  Time to return the
favor.

 

Jamey

 

 

Something old and something new.

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Two things
worth reading this morning, something old and something new:

 

1. Jim Reeves of the
Fort Worth Star-Telegram recounts
the Dave Valle Moment that I wrote about 11
days ago myself
, adding texture to the story. 

 

2. Beau
Vaughan is at it again, and today
His Blogginess breaks some news
.  Not
as safe for children as most of his previous entries, but worth checking out as
always.

 

According
to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Texas had an interest in righthanders Jon
Garland and Jose Contreras, each of whom was traded elsewhere last night.  No big loss.

 

Kirk
Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman
speculates that the Round Rock Express, a franchise owned by a group that
includes Nolan Ryan and his family, could replace Oklahoma City as the Rangers’
AAA affiliate after the 2010 season, when the Express’s player development contract
with the Astros expires.

 

The
Dominican Summer League named 18-year-old Venezuelan righthander Randol Rojas the
league’s Co-Pitcher of the Year.  Rojas
went 8-0, 0.80 in 12 starts and a relief appearance, scattering 42 hits (.170
opponents’ average, one home run) and six walks while fanning 48 in 67.1
innings and coaxing 1.85 as many groundouts as flyouts.  Lefthander Miguel De Los Santos made the
post-season All-Star Team (eight hits and 22 walks in 32 innings, 70 strikeouts,
1.41 ERA and 12 saves in 13 opportunities), and Jayce Tingler was named Manager
of the Year after leading the DSL Rangers 2 squad to a league-best 47-15 mark.

 

I wrote
a week ago that the independent Lancaster Barnstormers released first baseman
Nate Gold.  It turns out that Gold
requested his release because he’d decided to retire. 

 

Keith
Law of ESPN ranked Vanderbilt righthander Jack Armstrong Jr. as the Cape Cod League’s
number three prospect this summer, suggesting he’s a probable 2011
first-rounder and, “[i]f he develops even a solid-average breaking ball he’ll
be a top-five pick.”  The Rangers drafted
Armstrong out of high school in 2008’s 36th round.

 

And a question:
I need my Wilson A2000 XL restrung.  Before
I hit the Yellow Pages, I thought I’d see if any of you do that sort of
thing.  I’d rather give the business to
one of you.

 

 

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