Texas Rangers Weekly Minor League Report: #2 Prospect gets Promoted

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ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 14: A general view of play between the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 14, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 14: A general view of play between the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 14, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Texas Rangers minor league report from 4/13-4/20. Which prospects impressed this week and which players got promoted?

This week’s Texas Rangers minor league news: Hans Crouse gives up his first run, Leody Taveras stays hot and Julio Pablo Martinez gets promoted from Low-A to Advanced-A.

Many were interested to see where the Rangers would send Martinez to begin the year. They decided Single-A Hickory was best. Though, 10 games in, the #2 prospect in the system was promoted to Advanced-A Down East. Martinez is 23 years old, so it’s time he starts making his way through the levels.

He’s 0-for-7 with his new team, but it will be fun to monitor his progress, along with new teammates, Leody Taveras (#6 prospect) and Bubba Thompson (#5 prospect). All three are tremendously talented outfielders.

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23-year-old left-handed reliever Brett Martin made his major league debut last night for the Rangers. He pitched a scoreless inning against the AL West’s best Houston Astros.

Notable stats from the week

Pitchers:

#1 prospect SP Hans Crouse (Hickory): 1-0, 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 0 BBs and 8 Ks

#7 SP Joe Palumbo (AA Frisco): 0-0, 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 BBs and 5 Ks

#8 SP Jonathan Hernandez (AAA Nashville): 0-1, 5 IP, 3 ER, 3 BBs and 6 Ks

#11 SP Taylor Hearn (Nashville): 0-1, 4 IP, 1 ER, 3 BBs and 7 Ks

#14 SP Tyler Phillips (Down East): 0-0, 7 IP, 1 BB and 6 Ks

SP Jason Bahr (Down East): 1-0, 7 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB and 8 Ks

Hitters:

#4 prospect SS Anderson Tejada (Down East): 6-for-11, 2 HRs, 5 RBI and 2 stolen bases

#6 OF Leody Taveras (Down East): 6-for-21, 3 runs and 6 Ks

#19 3B Diosbel Arias (Down East): 9-for-20, 2 RBI, 3 Runs and 7 Ks

C.D. Pelham and Brocke Burke are off to rough starts to begin the minor league season. Each is a reliever that Texas expects to be part of 2019 September call-ups. Earlier promotions are possible too if they pitch well and if they’re in demand for the big league roster.

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As you may have deciphered, most of the organization’s top talent is in Single-A. Palumbo, Hearn, Burke and Pelham are part of the higher tiers, and are closest to making a major league impact. Tune in next Saturday for the week’s minor league report.

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