Yesterday we started looking at the Texas Rangers non-roster pitchers invited to camp, and today I am going to finish that group of guys. The pitching group is always bigger than the fielders group, because you can never have enough pitching. The Texas Rangers hope is that they can find someone out of this group that will stick and become a good addition to the Rangers club.
Nate Adcock – Adcock, who signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers in December of last year spent 2013 with the Diamondbacks after a few seasons in the Royals organization. He made his major league debut March 31, 2011 with the Royals, and his career numbers are 1-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 95.0 innings pitched. He spent 2013 between Omaha and Reno (both AAA teams) where he was 8-6 with a 6.67 ERA. Adcock is primarily a sinkerballer, and he is supposed to have a pretty good sinkerball. The Texas Rangers will take a look at him in camp. I am usually a fan of a good sinkerball pitcher.
March 24, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Daniel Bard (51) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Daniel Bard – Bard spent most of his career with the Boston Red Sox and is the newest addition to the Texas Rangers non-roster guys. Bard played in pieces of five seasons with the Red Sox, having an ERA of 3.67 over the course of his time there. He would up being claimed off of waivers by the Cubs last season when the Red Sox released him, and he signed with the Texas Rangers January 31 of this year. Bard throws a four seam and a two seam fastball, a curve ball and a change-up. Bard has really struggled the last few seasons (6.22 ERA in 2012, 9.00 ERA in 2013) but the Texas Rangers are hoping that he can return to his former self when he was posting ERA’s in the threes. Another guy that if he works out, JD and his staff look brilliant.
Jose Contreras – This 42-year-old right-hander has had a pretty decent career, having a career 4.57 ERA in 299 games played. The Texas Rangers once again like to take chances on guys like this sometimes (remember Omar Vizquel, Vlad and Eddie Guardado) and see if they have anything left in the tank. I am not sure if this Cuban defector does or not, but I guess the Texas Rangers are willing to take a chance and see if he can help the organization in any way.
Ryan Feierabend – Ryan spent three seasons with the Seattle Mariners (2006-2008) and those 25 games are his only major league experience. Feierabend started 19 games (appeared in 25 total games) and he had a record of 2-11 with a 7.22 ERA. He has bounced around the past few seasons between several organizations after missing all of 2009 with elbow surgery. He pitched last season in the Texas Rangers organization between Round Rock and Frisco posting a combined ERA of 3.70 and a record of 7-7. The Texas Rangers also invited the left-hander to spring training last year, but he never made it up to the big club.
Justin Germano – This 31-year-old has already logged 324.2 innings in the majors with many different ball clubs, having a career record of 10-30 and a career ERA of 5.29. Germano, while with the Buffalo Bisons, the Blue Jays AAA affiliate, posted 13 quality starts while going 8-9 with a 4.47 ERA in 24 starts. The Rangers will take a look at Justin and see if he is worth keeping around. Germano has a career 3.74 ERA at the AAA level of play.
This concludes my series on non-roster invitees. If you have someone who you would like to comment on that I talked about or know something interesting about him that I forgot to cover, please feel free to leave your comment below. Thanks for reading.