As the majority of teams start to stream back into Spring Training camps this weekend and on Monday, the Ranger faithful have to wait for a few more days. As the Texas Rangers pitchers report February 23rd and position players have to report on Sunday February 26th. The first official game of Spring Training for the Rangers is on Sunday March 4th against their Surprise complex neighbors the Kansas City Royals.
This Spring Training will answer quite a few questions that have been being kicked around during the offseason like what will the rotation look like, what about center field, will there be a LHP in the pen and if so who, and of course 1st base. But before those questions can be answered major league camp has to occur. For those of you who don’t know how players are chosen to go, all members of the 40 man roster are invited as well as typically around 18 non-roster invitees. These are prospects who the club wants to give more attention and free agents who have signed minor league contracts that have shown major league ability. A note that should be made is that there are only 39 men currently on the 40 man roster.
The 19 lucky Rangers that were given invitations to attend Spring Training with the big league club are as follows by position-
Outfielders: Kyle Hudson, Conor Jackson, Yangervis Solarte.
Infielders: Alberto Gonzalez, Brad Hawpe, Luiz Hernandez, Greg Miclat, Mike Olt.
Catchers: Dusty Brown, Tommy Mendonca, Chris Robinson.
Pitchers- Right Handed: Tanner Scheppers, Greg Reynolds, Fabio Castillo, Sean Green.
Pitchers- Left Handed: Mitch Stetter, Ben Snyder, Robert Ross, Joe Beimel.
While it would be unlikely that other than one of the left handed pitchers will start the season with the Rangers it is likely that some of the free agent talent signings that are destined to start the season in Round Rock will see the inside of RBiA before the season is over due to injuries.
Go Rangers, and enjoy Spring Training.