Texas Rangers minor league report from 4/21-4/27. The club’s #1 prospect stays hot and their #21 prospect has a scorching week.
The minor leagues got some attention from the Texas Rangers this week. Reliever Wei-Chieh Huang made his big league debut Tuesday against the Athletics. Then, #11 prospect Taylor Hearn debuted vs. the Mariners Thursday night. Huang fared okay, but he’s since returned to Double-A. Hearn pitched terribly, and he’s been sent to the IL by way of an elbow issue.
Starting pitcher Ariel Jurado was brought up yesterday as reliever Jeffrey Springs was sent down. Jurado will fill in somewhere, either in long relief or as starter depending on when Drew Smyly rejoins the team.
Are any other minor leaguers on the verge of a 2019 MLB debut? Probably not. Very few players are close to big league ready. As long as no additional injuries disrupt the Texas rotation, all fringe prospects should stay put. If you want an educated guess as to who will be the next significant prospect to be promoted, hone in on left-handed pitchers Joe Palumbo and C.D. Pelham.
Notable stats from the week
#1 prospect SP Hans Crouse (Low-A Hickory): 0-0, 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 BBs and 4 Ks (1.33 ERA on the year)
#20 SP A.J. Alexy (Advanced-A Down East): 0-0, 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 BBs and 4 Ks (4.15 ERA on the year)
#7 SP Joe Palumbo: 0-0, 6 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER, 3 BBs and 5 Ks (3.63 ERA)
#8 SP Jonathan Hernandez (Double-A Frisco: 0-1, 0.2 IP, 6 hits, 7 ER, 2 BBs and 1 K (ERA went from 3.45 to 7.16)
RP Brady Feigl (Triple-A Nashville): 3 IP over 2 appearances, 1 hit, 0 ER, 1 BB and 5 Ks (0.87 ERA)
*Feigl could be with the Rangers very soon
#6 prospect OF Leody Taveras (Advanced-A Down East): 3-for-20, 1 HR, 5 RBI and 6 Ks
#19 3B Diosbel Arias (Down East): 6-for-19, 3 RBI and 7 strikeouts
#21 C Sam Huff (Low-A Hickory): 6-for-15, 4 HRs, 5 RBI and 5 Ks
#18 3B Jonathan Ornelas (Hickory): 6-for-13, 3 BBs and 4 Ks
#2 OF Julio Pablo Martinez (Down East): 2-for-17, 0 RBI, 1 BB and 8 Ks
Link: Last week’s report