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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:19 pm    Post subject: The Texas Rangers Thread Reply with quote

The 2014 Texas Rangers



Front Office & Coaches:
General Manager: Jon Daniels
Assistant General Manager: A.J. Preller
Manager: Ron Washington
Pitching Coach: Mike Maddux
Hitting Coach: Dave Magadan
Asst Hitting Coach: Bobby Jones
First Base Coach: Bengie Molina
Third Base Coach: Gary Pettis
Bench Coach: Tim Bogar
Bullpen Coach: Andy Hawkins
Bullpen Catcher: Josh Frasier
Special Assistant: Greg Maddux
Special Assistant: Tony Fernandez
Sr VP Scouting & Development: Mike Daly
Director of Pro Scouting: Josh Boyd
Director of Amateur Scouting: Kip Fagg
Director of Intl. Scouting: Gil Kim
Director of Player Development: Tim Purpura
Special Assistant to the GM: Ivan Rodriguez
Special Assistant to the GM: Darren Oliver

Starting Line-up
LF Shin Soo Choo
SS Elvis Andrus
1B Prince Fielder - DL
1B Mitch Moreland - DL
1B Chris Giminez
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Alex Rios
DH Mitch Moreland
DH Michael Choice
C JP Arencibia - DL
C Robinson Chirinos
CF Leonys Martin
2B Jurickson Profar - DL
2B Roughned Odor

SP Yu Darvish
SP Derek Holland - DL
SP Matt Harrison - DL
SP Martin Perez - DL
SP Colby Lewis
SP Robbie Ross
SP Nick Martinez
SP Joe Saunders
SP Nick Tepesch

Bench Players
OF Daniel Robertson
IF Donnie Murphy
IF Luis Sardinas


LR Joe Saunders
LR Robbie Ross Jr.
MR Tanner Scheppers
MR Pedro Figueroa
MR Alexi Ogando - DL
MR Shawn Tolleson
SU Jason Frasor
SU Neal Cotts (L)
CL Joakim Soria

DL
SP Derek Holland
SP Matt Harrison
RP Joe Ortiz
2B Jurickson Profar
C Geovany Soto
OF Engel Beltre
2B Jim Adduci
1B Prince Fielder
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
MR Alexi Ogando
1B Mitch Moreland


Rangers' Top 20 Prospects (in DRC's opinion)
* anyone who has appeared in a big league game is not eligible *

1) Rougned Odor, 2B
2) Jorge Alfaro, C
3) Luke Jackson, SP
4) Joey Gallo, 3B
5) Luis Sardinas, SS
6) Lewis Brinson, OF
7) Nomar Mazara, OF
8) Ronald Guzman, 1B
9) Neil Ramirez, SP
10) Nick Williams, OF
11) Jairo Beras, OF
12) Alex Gonzalez, SP
13) Travis Demeritte, SS
14) Roman Mendez, SP
15) Hanser Alberto, SS
16) Nick Martinez, SP
17) Brett Nicholas, 1B
18) Cody Buckel, SP
19) Kellin Deglan, C
20) Kevin Matthews, SP

Rangers' 2014 MLB Draft Picks
1.30 - Luis Ortiz RHP
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6'3" 230lbs DOB: 09/22/95 | Scouting video
Ortiz was named MVP of the 18-and-under World Cup in Taiwan in September, helping Team USA win the gold medal by collecting a win and three saves in five appearances. He struck out the side in the ninth inning to close out a 3-2 win over Japan in the championship game. When healthy, Ortiz effortlessly deals 92-to-95 mph fastballs from a high three-quarters arm slot and tops out around 97. His low-80s slider gives him a second swing-and-miss pitch, and he also has started working on a curveball to give hitters a different look. The Fresno State recruit has a changeup in his repertoire as well and shows good aptitude for throwing strikes with all of his offerings. A forearm issue kept Ortiz off the mound for about three weeks and raised some concerns among scouts. There's not a lot of projection remaining in his already-mature frame, but he's strong and already has plenty of stuff.

2.59 - Tiquan Forbes SS
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6'3" 180lbs DOB: 08/26/96 | Scouting video
The track record of Mississippi high school picks isn't reassuring -- in 49 Drafts, only Bill Hall and Charlie Hayes have had significant big league careers -- but the state consistently produces intriguing prep prospects. In the past five years, three Magnolia State high school position players have gone in the top two rounds, most notably Billy Hamilton (Reds, second round in 2009). The state's latest prep phenom is Forbes, who's very easy to dream on. He's extremely projectable at 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds, and he's very athletic as well. He's an above-average runner who can steal bases and cover ground at shortstop. He could outgrow the position, but his arm strength would fit at third base, and he also could be a center fielder. A Mississippi recruit, Forbes offers offensive upside, too. He hasn't looked overmatched against showcase competition and projects as a solid hitter down the road. His bat speed could lend itself to plenty of pop, especially once he adds strength to his frame.

3.95 - Joshua Morgan SS
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5'11" 185lbs DOB: 11/16/95 | Scouting video
Morgan comes from the same Orange Lutheran program that spawned Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and fellow big league pitcher Brandon Maurer. He spent his freshman year at catcher and his sophomore season at third base before returning to shortstop, his natural position, as a junior last spring. Though he struggled early on the showcase circuit, Morgan quieted his setup and performed better at the plate later in the summer and fall. He shows signs of becoming a solid hitter and offers surprising pop for a 5-foot-11 middle infielder. The UCLA recruit isn't a burner but moves well on the bases and in the field. His strong arm grades out at his best tool. Morgan will get every chance to stay at shortstop in pro ball, but if he can't, he may have enough bat for third base.

4.126 - Brett Martin LHP
5.156 - Wes Benjamin LHP
6.186 - Jose Trevino 3B
7.216 - Nick Green RHP
8.246 - Erik Swanson RHP
9.276 - Doug Volotolo CF
10.306 - Seth Spivey C
11.336 - SCott Williams RHP
12.366 - Joe Watson RHP
13.396 - Gabe Gonzalez RHP
14.426 - Gio Abreu RHP
15.456 - Joe Filomeno LHP
16.486 - Reed Garrett RHP
17.516 - Dave Berg RHP
18.546 - J.T. Phillips RHP
19.576 - Tramayne Holes 2B
20.606 - Isaias Quiroz C
21.636 - STerling Wynn LHP
22.666 - Tripp Martin 3B
23.696 - Darius Day LF
24.726 - Austin Pettibone RHP
25.756 - Daniel Sweet CF
26.786 - Jayce Vancena RHP
27.816 - Jason Hoppe RHP
28.846 - Chris Matthewson RHP
29.876 - Luke Tendler CF
30.906 - Cody Palmquist RHP
31.936 - John Fasola RHP
32.966 - Andre Jackson RHP
33.996 - Adam Parks RHP
34.1026 - Storm Rynard RHP
36.1056 - Will Carter RHP
37.1116 - Andrew Bechtold SS
38.1146 - Tyree Johnson LHP
39.1176 - Travis Jones OF
40.1206 - Nick Dignacco LHP


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rangers take SS Joshua Morgan from Orange Lutheran HS - another athletic middle infielder
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rangers take LHP Brett Martin from Walters State Community College - no info on him
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rangers add LHP Wes Benjamin out of Kansas in the 5th
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rangers select 3B Jose Trevino out of Oral Roberts University in the 6th
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the 7th round, the Rangers picked up Nick Green - RHP from Indian Hills Community College

So far all but 2 of their picks are 19 or younger it appears
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those Beltre pics/gifs you posted in the other thread were hilarious Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

flyingmonkey30 wrote:
Those Beltre pics/gifs you posted in the other thread were hilarious Laughing


No reason we have to let them die a slow painful death there...




















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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found this on Lonestar Ball - will keep updated:

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Ortiz, the #30 pick overall, was ranked #28 in the Baseball America pre-draft rankings, but Keith Law had him as the #10 player in his most recent rankings. Ortiz is a strike-thrower who is listed by ESPN as being 6'3", 220 lbs. Pre-draft reports had him throwing a fastball in the low- to mid-90s, along with a slider and a changeup, though those pitches still need a lot of work. He's described as a strike-thrower with a good feel for pitching, but someone who isn't as projectable as some of the other prep pitchers expected to go in the first round.


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The Texas Rangers 2014 2nd round draft pick was used on Mississippi prep shortstop Ti'Quan Forbes. Forbes was ranked #46 in the final Baseball America rankings, and #41 on ESPN's final pre-draft rankings. If you think those are fairly accurate, grabbing Forbes at #59 is good value. Forbes is an athletic shortstop who is raw but projectable, someone who is viewed as having tremendous upside potential and whose bat speed gets praise, though his hitting still needs work. The consensus seems to be that Forbes will have to move off of shortstop, though it sounds like he could end up in center field.


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Round 3, #95 overall -- Josh Morgan, high school shortstop, Orange, California. Morgan was ranked #63 in the pre-draft rankings by BA, and wasn't in ESPN's top 100. No individual tools that jump out, but a righthanded hitter BA describes as "contact-oriented." BA says he's "an instinctive player with a passion for the game."


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Round 4, #126 overall -- Brett Martin, LHP from Walters State Community College in Tennessee. Listed at 6'4", 190 lbs, Martin turned 19 in late April. Unless I missed something, Martin did not make the BA Top 500 draft prospect list. This could be someone they are signing to a well-below-slot deal, so they can apply the savings to other draftees.


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Round 5, #156 overall -- Wes Benjamin, a junior LHP from the University of Kansas. Benjamin is listed at 6'1", 188 lbs, and doesn't turn 21 until July, but he had Tommy John surgery in March. BA has him ranked as the #371 prospect in the draft.


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Round 6, #186 overall -- Jose Trevino, a junior third baseman from Oral Roberts. He's a righthanded hitter who had caught my eye earlier this week while reviewing the BA top 500 list, as he was listed as a "C/IF." He played high school ball in Corpus Christi and set a state record for homers in high school, but never really found a home defensively in college. Reading about him, he sounds like former Ranger catching prospect Max Ramirez...he can hit and has some pop, but probably can't stay behind the plate, and doesn't profile well at most other positions. Trevino was apparently announced as a 3B, which is where he played this year for Oral Roberts, so I guess that's where the Rangers are planning on trying him.


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Round 7, #216 overall -- Nick Green, a juco RHP from Indian Hills Junior College. Green is listed at 6'1", 175 lbs, and turned 19 years old in March. BA had him as the #424 prospect in the draft, noting he touches 95 mph with his fastball.


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Round 8, #246 overall -- Erik Swanson, a juco RHP from Iowa Western Junior College. Swanson is listed at 6'3", 220 lbs, and turns 21 in September. I can't find anything of note about him.


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Round 9, #276 overall -- Doug Votolato, a switch-hitting centerfielder from the University of Central Arkansas. He's listed at 6'2", 190 lbs, and turns 23 later this month.


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Round 10, #306 overall -- Seth Spivey, a senior catcher out of Abilene Christian. Lefty hitter, 5'11", 180 lbs.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Picked up Erik Swanson, RHP; Doug Votololo, CF; and Seth Spivey, C in the 8, 9 , 10th
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like Luis Ortiz could be an easy signing
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Is MLB Gameday tracker wrong or did Darivsh just throw fastballs for all 19 of his first inning pitches?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaddHatter wrote:
Is MLB Gameday tracker wrong or did Darivsh just throw fastballs for all 19 of his first inning pitches?


No clue, just got home after he gave up the homerun
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

flyingmonkey30 wrote:
MaddHatter wrote:
Is MLB Gameday tracker wrong or did Darivsh just throw fastballs for all 19 of his first inning pitches?


No clue, just got home after he gave up the homerun


It was indeed accurate - he threw 25 FB's before he threw a slider to strike out David Murphy.

His command is way off tonight and he's forcing his FB
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to see Yu bounce back after he struggled early on.

Like our draft so far too. Lot of upside with Ortiz, Forbes and Morgan.
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