Texas Rangers Weekly Minor League Report: Who’s next to debut in 2019?

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: C.D. Pelham #58 of the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Team works the eighth inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: C.D. Pelham #58 of the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Team works the eighth inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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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.

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SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 25: Taylor Hearn #63 of the Texas Rangers adjusts his belt after giving up another run in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on April 25, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /

Notable stats from the week

Pitchers:

#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

Hitters:

#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

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Link: Last week’s report

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