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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:22 pm    Post subject: The Official New Texas Rangers thread (31-32) Reply with quote



Coaches

#28 Jeff Banister - Manager
#9 Anthony Iapoce - Hitting Coach
#0 Justin Mashore - Assistant Hitting Coach
#46 Doug Brocail - Pitching Coach
#4 Hector Ortiz - First Base Coach
#27 Tony Beasley - Third Base Coach
#24 Steve Buechele - Bench Coach
#40 Brad Holman - Bullpen Coach
#66 Josh Frasier - Bullpen Catcher
Josh Bonifay - Field Coordinator
Bob Jones - Replay Coordinator
Mark Connor - Special Assistant, Pitching

40 man roster

Pitchers

#39 Dario Alvarez L/L 6'1" 170lbs 1/17/89
#43 Tony Barnette R/R 6'1" 190lbs 11/9/83
#60 Anthony Bass R/R 6'2" 200lbs 11/1/87
#56 Austin Bibens-Dirkx R/R 6'1" 210lbs 4/29/85
Clayton Blackburn L/R 6'3" 230lbs 1/6/93
#51 Matt Bush R/R 5'9" 180lbs 2/8/86
#54 Andrew Cashner R/R 6'6" 235lbs 9/11/86
#58 Alex Claudio L/L 6'3" 180lbs 1/31/92
#11 Yu Darvish R/R 6'5" 220lbs 8/16/86
#41 Jake Diekman L/L 6'4" 200lbs 1/21/87
#78 Eddie Gamboa R/R 6'1" 215lbs 12/21/84
-- Dillon Gee R/R 6'1" 205lbs 4/28/86
#21 Chi Chi Gonzalez R/R 6'3" 215lbs 1/15/92
#64 A.J. Griffin R/R 6'5" 230lbs 1/28/88
#35 Cole Hamels L/L 6'4" 205lbs 12/27/83
#23 Jeremy Jeffress R/R 6'0" 205lbs 9/21/87
#50 Keone Kela R/R 6'1" 215lbs 4/16/93
#62 Jose Leclerc R/R 6'0" 190lbs 12/19/93
#22 Nick Martinez L/R 6'1" 200lbs 8/5/90
#65 Yohander Mendez L/L 6'5" 200lbs 1/17/95
#33 Martin Perez L/L 6'0" 200lbs 4/4/91
#44 Tyson Ross R/R 6'6" 245lbs 4/22/87
#59 Connor Sadzeck R/R 6'7" 240lbs 10/1/91

Catchers

#61 Robinson Chirinos R/R 6'1" 210lbs 6/5/84
#25 Jonathan Lucroy R/R 6'0" 200lbs 6/13/86
#6 Brett Nicholas L/R 6'2" 220lbs 7/18/88

Infield

#2 Hanser Alberto R/R 5'11" 215lbs 10/17/92
#1 Elvis Andrus R/R 6'0" 200lbs 8/26/88
#29 Adrian Beltre R/R 5'11" 220lbs 4/7/79
#13 Joey Gallo L/R 6'5" 235lbs 11/19/93
#67 Ronald Guzman L/L 6'5" 205lbs 10/20/94
#38 Pete Kozma R/R 6'0" 190lbs 4/11/88
#5 Mike Napoli R/R 6'1" 225lbs 10/31/81
#12 Rougned Odor L/R 5'11" 195lbs 2/3/94
#19 Jurickson Profar S/R 6'0" 190lbs 2/20/93
#18 Drew Robinson L/R 6'1" 200lbs 4/20/92

Outfield

#17 Shin-Soo Choo L/L 5'11" 210lbs 7/13/82
#3 Delino DeShields R/R 5'9" 200lbs 8/16/92
#14 Carlos Gomez R/R 6'3" 220lbs 12/4/85
31 Jared Hoying L/R 6'3" 205lbs 5/18/89
#30 Nomar Mazara L/L 6'4" 215lbs 4/26/95
Peter O'Brien R/R 6'4" 235lbs 7/15/90
16 Ryan Rua R/R 6'2" 205lbs 3/11/90

Designated Hitters

#84 Prince Fielder (DL until his contract expires)

Top 30 prospects (MLB Pipeline)

1) Yohander Mendez, LHP
2) Andy Ibanez, 2B
3) Leody Taveras, OF
4) Ronald Guzman, 1B
5) Cole Ragans, LHP
6) Ariel Jurado, RHP
7) Eric Jenkins, OF
8) Brett Martin, LHP
9) Alex Speas, RHP
10) Connor Sadzeck, RHP
11) Jairo Beras, OF
12) Josh Morgan, 3B/SS
13) Michael Matuella, RHP
14) Michael De Leon, SS/2B
15) Jose Leclerc, RHP
16) Andrew Faulkner, LHP
17) Yeyson Yrizarri, SS
18) Pedro Payano, RHP
19) Jose Trevino, C
20) Jonathan Hernandez, RHP
21) David Garcia, C
22) Brett Nicholas, C/1B
23) Tyler Ferguson, RHP
24) Tyler Phillips, RHP
25) Jose Almonte, OF
26) Kole Enright, 3B
27) Anderson Tejeda, SS/2B
28) Joe Palumbo, LHP
29) Yanio Perez, 3B
30) Drew Robinson, INF/OF

Franchise Accomplishments

2x AL Pennant winners - 2010, 2011
7x AL West Division Champs - 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016
AL Wild Card berth - 2012

Bring it, 2017.


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Opening few games probable starters.

Monday April 3 (Opening Day) vs CLE - Yu Darvish vs Corey Kluber
Tuesday April 4 vs CLE - Martin Perez vs Carlos Carrasco
Wednesday April 5 vs CLE - Cole Hamels vs Danny Salazar

Friday April 7 vs OAK - A.J. Griffin vs TBA

I'll be there on Wednesday. $1 dogs, too. Cool
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2016 recap from yours truly.

DalCowboyzRule wrote:
DCR's 2016 season recap

So we all know we went 95-67 in the regular season, which was the best record in the AL. We also obviously won the AL West with that record. It was a great, magical season with many ups and downs, a couple of big trades, a couple of big breakouts and a lot of anger about luck coming from the armpit of Texas.

First, some awards...

Biggest surprise player: RP Matt Bush

Matt Bush pitched 61.2 innings this year, struck out 61 batters, walked on 14 and pitched to a 2.48 ERA. He was 4th on the pitching staff in fWAR this year with 1.5. Needless to say, he was a massive player for us, along with being a massive bargain.

We signed Matt Bush to a minor league contract in November 2015. He flashed a ++ fastball in spring training, and started the year with the Frisco Roughriders. After dominating there in 17 innings, he was promoted to the Rangers and immediately became our 6th/7th inning guy. By the end of the year he was our setup man, and if I were a betting man he's our closer next season.

Just a great signing by JD, and we get him for the next 5 seasons as well as he was a rookie with 0 prior MLB experience.

Biggest development: Elvis Andrus can hit

After coming into 2016 with a career high wRC+ of 97, Elvis Andrus went out in 2016 and put up a wRC+ of 112 (!!!). He hit .302/.362/.439, with 46 XBH, and it wasn't like he just put on muscle and lost his speed as he stole 24 bases as well. He did all of this batting in the 8/9 hole all season. Maybe it was a fluke, maybe not. He is currently right in the prime of his career at 27/28 years old. If this is the Elvis Andrus we get going forward that is a great #2 hitter, and while the metrics say his defense fell off a cliff this was the best year of his career to me.

The biggest badass on the team award: Adrian Beltre

Adrian Beltre had a down 2015 and many thought he was on the downhill of his career. Well he just may be, being 37 years old, but he showed his downhill is still way better than many players uphill.

Beltre hit .300/.358/.521, which is his highest slugging % since 2012, with 32 homers. He also put up 6.2 WAR with the best defensive season (again according to the metrics) he's had in Texas. Simply put, he is unbelievable.

We signed Adrian Beltre to a 6 year, $96 million deal in January 2011, and this was the last year of that deal. According to fangraphs, Beltre gave us $252.7 million worth of value over that deal.

He will get to hit #3000 next year barring injury, and has a shot at home run #500 (will need to average 27.5 homers/season over the next 2) with us since we gave him his 2 year extension. Truly one of the most underrated players of his time and it will be amazing to see him go into the HOF as a Ranger.

The best moments of the season

Sooo many to choose from, so instead of making a list I'll just leave them here...

Nomar Mazara's debut with 3 hits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuyU5o-6Yng

The Nomar Mazara show against Toronto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFSQhVNfzrg

The Bobby Wilson Grand Slam week...

GS #1: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/6479266/v673072483/texdet-wilson-blasts-a-grand-slam-to-take-the-lead

GS #2: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/82574482/v696267183/tortex-wilson-clears-the-bases-with-a-grand-slam

Drew Stubbs walkoff homer against Toronto (same game as GS#2 and about ~15 hours before The Punch): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMG9cjxcru8

The Punch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI_rL97Md7A (full brawl)



Rougned Odor game winning double against Houston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WrDDG-FzdY

Fielder/Odor bombs ftw against Seattle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpPQofpKmWQ

Jurickson Profar GW against the Cardinals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp3ctcJF7N4

The rain delay game against the Yankees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7nZDVHhAzY

Mitch Moreland walkoff bomb vs Kansas City: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNhUTyAjRyw

Adrian Beltre walkoff bomb vs Oakland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-RlSXIF9PU

Yu Darvish homer vs Cincy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX0x2offg6k

Rougned Odor walkoff bomb vs Seattle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f30nB_BQmA

Rougned Odor go ahead bomb vs Houston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guZlr-fCfqE

The game that broke the Houston Astros: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVz3hiJzRO4

I could go on and on, but I'm getting tired of searching for these Laughing

Long story short, this season will be remembered in the history books.

Now, some season grades:

Catchers: Jonathan Lucroy, Robinson Chirinos, Bobby Wilson, Bryan Holaday and Brett Nicholas combined to hit .252/.315/.466 this season, for a .781 OPS. That is awesome production from that position. It's easy to say it's all Lucroy, and while he was awesome for us, these guys were producing even before Luc got here. Even Bobby Wilson who was the worst of the 5 had his great moments (see above). Our catchers as a group were exceptional this year, and they get an A from me.

1st baseman: This was mainly Mitch Moreland, but Ryan Rua, Jurickson Profar, Prince Fielder, Joey Gallo and Hanser Alberto also combined for 166 PA here. Moreland had a below average year, and so this group had a bad year. Our 1B only hit .237/.297/.403 for a .699 OPS which is simply unacceptable. They get an F from me, as the worst hitting group on the team (and it wasn't even close).

2nd baseman: Rougned Odor took up 88.4% of the PA here. Profar took up most of the rest, and Alberto had 12 PA. Our 2B hit .268/.294/.493 for a .787 OPS (2nd best on the team). Odor was good, Profar hit better here than anywhere else, and so our 2B get a solid B+/A-. The next step for Roogie is learning how to walk. With his 30+ homer power, that would be one of the better 2B in the game.

Shortstops: Like 2B, SS was mainly handled by Elvis Andrus as he took up 89.9% of these plate appearances. I've already detailed how good Andrus was this year, SS was our 4th most productive position via OPS, and so they get an easy A from me.

3rd baseman: Mainly Adrian Beltre, some Profar, not much else. Beltre had a great season, this was our most productive position, and they get an A+ from me. Where we would be without that man, I do not want to find out.

Left Field: Started the year with Ian Desmond here, Ryan Rua played a lot vs lefties, Maz moved here when Choo/Beltran played RF, Carlos Gomez was here late, DeShields also had his shot. Long story short, 5 players had 64 or more plate appearances here, and 2 more had 27+. Overall they hit .251/.329/.437 which is average, and was actually boosted a ton by Gomez' .970 OPS here. They get a C from me.

Center Field: DeShields was very bad here to start the year before Ian Desmond moved over. Desmond was more than solid with a .785 OPS himself. As a group they hit to a .725 OPS which isn't that great, but passable I guess from CF. They get a C- from me.

Right Field: This was a lot of Mazara, a little bit of Choo and a little bit of everyone else (Beltran, Gomez, Stubbs, Hoying, Rua). Right fielders combined for a .771 OPS which is good, especially since most of the PA were coming for a 20/21 year old rookie. They get a B+ from me.

Starting Pitching: Our starters were not great this year, which isn't a secret. They combined to throw 921.1 innings with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. That's not good. To be fair to the starting staff though, we had to go through 11 starters due to injury.

Nick Martinez, Cesar Ramos, Lucas Harrell, Chi Chi Gonzalez and Kyle Lohse combined to throw 81 innings with a 7.13 ERA. Laughing

Cole Hamels, Martin Perez, AJ Griffin, Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Yu Darvish combined to throw 840.1 innings with a 4.10 ERA which still isn't great, but far better than the above numbers and is inflated by Griffin and Holland, who may not be here next year.

Overall I give this group a C-, but mainly because they averaged over 5.2 innings/start. That is solid.

Relief Pitching: Our relievers had a 4.40 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP this year, which is a slightly worse ERA and a slightly better WHIP than our starters. Essentially the same though. We had 23 guys pitch as a reliever this year, if you count the 2 position players who pitched in blowouts.

Keone Kela battled injuries and had a major down year. Shawn Tolleson as well. Tom Wilhelmsen was awful with us before he was DFA'd.

Overall the core of this group, Sam Dyson, Matt Bush, Tony Barnette, Jake Diekman, Alex Claudio was very good this year. I expect Kela to bounce back next year. Jeremy Jeffress was good once he came over and I expect that to continue next season.

I believe in our BP going into 2017, and it probably is the strength of the ballclub.

For 2016 however, they were too inconsistent and get a D+ from me.

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Players on DL to open the year:

UTL Hanser Alberto
3B Adrian Beltre
SP Andrew Cashner
RP Jake Diekman
SP Chi Chi Gonzalez
C Brett Nicholas
SP Tyson Ross
RP Tanner Scheppers

Some guys are definitely going to get a chance they otherwise wouldn't.

My guess on our Opening Day starting lineup

CF Carlos Gomez
DH Shin Soo Choo
2B Rougned Odor
C Jonathan Lucroy
1B Mike Napoli
RF Nomar Mazara
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Ryan Rua
3B Joey Gallo
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IT'S GAME DAY!

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Actual Opening Day lineup:

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Gomez CF
Choo DH
Mazara RF
Napoli 1B
Odor 2B
Lucroy C
Gallo 3B
Andrus SS
Profar LF

Darvish SP


Kinda shocked but not really to see Profar in LF. After all it is a RHP pitching so Pro hitting from the left side is better than Rua or DeShields hitting from the right.

Mazara and Odor should be flipped. Lucroy should be hitting higher than 6th.

Should be a good one regardless.
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I've been waiting for this for so long. Will be an interesting season. Either we go all in for a championship before Yu and Lucroy hit free agency (among others like Gomez/Napoli), or our luck catches up with us and we sell to rebuild the farm. Either option would be entertaining, for lack of a better word.
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Rougned Odor with a solo bomb and it's 1-0 Texas Very Happy
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Carlos Gomez with a solo bomb.

Roogie with ANOTHER bomb, this time a 3 run shot to make it 5-1 Texas in the 3rd. Cool
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Darvish, Lucroy and Dyson cost us this game.

Darvish can't throw a strike, and Lucroy can't block a pitch to save his life. And Sam Dyson just sucks.

This game was gift wrapped to us by Kluber and we didn't want it. God damn it.
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DalCowboyzRule wrote:
Darvish, Lucroy and Dyson cost us this game.

Darvish can't throw a strike, and Lucroy can't block a pitch to save his life. And Sam Dyson just sucks.

This game was gift wrapped to us by Kluber and we didn't want it. God damn it.


At least we have 161 more tries to get it right
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Good game to start the season. Obviously it went my way, but I expect a tough series and these teams to be competing right in the thick of things in playoff time, to represent the AL in the series. I have a friend and HS teammate, Mike Hauschild, that made the majors for your club today. I believe he will be used out of the bullpen. Wishing him and the Rangers the best when they don't face Cleveland (wish Haus the best even when they do).
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NateDawg wrote:
Good game to start the season. Obviously it went my way, but I expect a tough series and these teams to be competing right in the thick of things in playoff time, to represent the AL in the series. I have a friend and HS teammate, Mike Hauschild, that made the majors for your club today. I believe he will be used out of the bullpen. Wishing him and the Rangers the best when they don't face Cleveland (wish Haus the best even when they do).


He might be our 5th starter, but we won't need one for a few weeks.

Hopefully he does well out of the pen in the meanwhile, and eventually takes A.J Griffin's spot in the rotation on a full time basis.
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Yu has been great for most of his time here, but he's too damn inconsistent. Yes he does arguably have the nastiest stuff in baseball when he's on, but that's paired with lapses of uncontrollable pitching and a multitude of walks.

I don't see any reason why we wouldn't look to trade him before the deadline.

1) I don't see any reason why he would stay here + I'm confident many other teams would offer him the same amount of money or more.

2) If he does in fact want to stay, are we really in a position to give him 200+ million dollars? Aside from Cole and Yu, the rest of our pitching staff is so below average.

I love Yu. He's been a favorite since he's been here, but he's just so inconsistent.
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Lineup for game 2 vs Cleveland and RHP Carlos Carrasco:

Carlos Gomez, CF
Shin Soo Choo, DH
Nomar Mazara, RF
Mike Napoli, 1B
Rougned Odor, 2B
Ryan Rua, LF
Joey Gallo, 3B
Elvis Andrus, SS
Robinson Chirinos, C

Lucroy and Profar guys who started yesterday who won't today.
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