Now that Yu Darvish is out for the season Texas Rangers fans are weighing in on who they think should round out the rotation.
I think the main contenders are Nick Martinez, Ross Ohlendorf, Alex Gonzalez and Nick Tepesch. Of course, I am assuming Ross Detwiler is already in the rotation. But, I want to hear what you think. Here is a little information on each candidate for you to look over before casting your vote.
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RHP Nick Martinez –
- 6’1″, 200 pounds, 24-years old
- Resides in Florida
- Texas selected Martinez in the 18th round of the 2011 draft
- He is a converted second baseman
- Made his Major League debut start May 5
- 2014 Final Pitch Line (5-12) – 4.55 ERA, 25 G/24 GS, 3 GF, 140.1 IP, 150 H, 79 R/71 ER, 18 HR, 55 BB, 77 SO, 4.94 FIP
- 2015 Spring Training (1-0) – 1.93 ERA, 2 G/1 GS, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R/1 ER, 5 SO
Although Nick Martinez didn’t have stellar numbers last season, he remained positive and continued striving for improvement. He never complained about being shuffled from the rotation to the bullpen and back.
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RHP Ross Ohlendorf (Non-Roster Invitee) –
- 6’4″, 240 pounds, 32-years old
- Resides in Texas
- Spent most of the 2014 season on the Washington Nationals 60-day DL due to a back injury he sustained in spring training
- Signed with the Texas Rangers as a free agent January 26, 2015
- 2013 Final Pitch Line (4-1) – 3.28 ERA, 16 G/7 GS, 1 GF, 60.1 IP, 56 H, 22 R/ER, 8 HR, 14 BB, 45 SO, 4.03 FIP
- 2015 Spring Training (1-0) – 0.00 ERA, 1 G/1 GS, 2.0 IP, 5 SO
The Princeton University graduate appears to be back pain-free, which is music to any Rangers fan. He has only impressed in camp so far.
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RHP Nick Tepesch –
- 6’4″, 240 pounds, 26-years old
- Resides in Missouri
- The Texas Rangers selected Tepesch in the 14th round of the 2010 draft
- Promoted to Texas on May 14, 2014
- 2014 Final Pitch Line (5-11) – 4.36 ERA, 23 G/22 GS, 1 GF, 126.0 IP, 128 H, 66 R/61 ER, 44 BB, 56 SO, 5.01 FIP
- 2015 Spring Training (1-1) – 13.50 ERA, 2 G/1 GS, 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R/ER, 1 HR, 2 BB
Big Tep’s win-loss record is a bit deceiving. Last season’s run support (2.79 runs per 9 innings) was 2nd-lowest in all of MLB. Hopefully, his ankle isn’t anything to worry about and we’ll see more of his stuff soon.
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RHP Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez (Non-Roster Invitee) –
- 6’3″, 210 pounds, 23-years old
- Resides in Florida
- Selected by Texas in the 1st round (23rd overall) of the 2013 draft
STATS (Myrtle Beach and Frisco Combined):
- 2014 Final Pitch Line (12-6) – 2.67 ERA, 26 G/25 GS, 1 GF, 138.0 IP, 123 H, 52 R/41 ER, 41 BB, 113 SO
- 2015 Spring Training (1-0) – 3.86 ERA, 2 G/1 GS, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
Baseball America projected Chi Chi to “Open 2015 at Frisco or Triple-A Round Rock, but by midseason he should be in Texas with crisp command that should allow for a smooth transition.” This could remain the truth, but Gonzalez is making a good case this spring to break camp with the club.
Now that you have the 4-1-1, who get your vote to make the Texas Rangers rotation?
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