Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation (Ranked)

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Alexi Ogando

Sep 27, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando (41) delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

During the 2013 season Alexi Ogando, when healthy pitched well.  He had an ERA of 3.11, WHIP of 1.227 and a record of 7-4 over 18 starts.  The down side for Ogando in 2013 was is injuries.  He went on the 15-day disabled list 3 times in 2013.  Also, Ogando had an opponents batting average of .231.  Overall, he was one of the top pitchers last season for the Texas Rangers.  If it wasn’t for injuries, he could have been the number 2 pitcher.

  • 5/16/2013 – Right biceps tendinitis
  • 6/6/2013 – Right shoulder inflammation
  • 8/14/2013- Right shoulder inflammation

He primarily pitches a four-seam fastball that averages in the mid-90’s.  Also he uses a slider and a changeup that comes in the mid-80’s.

Alexi Ogando is looking to return to the starting rotation in 2014.   He’s repeatedly said that he wants to be a starter.  If he can stay healthy and do well during spring training, he’ll make the starting rotation.   Although, if he struggles and injuries become an issue, Ogando could be in the bullpen this year.