Texas Rangers minor league report from 4/13-4/20. Which prospects impressed this week and which players got promoted?
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.
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
#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
#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.
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.