Texas Rangers’ Minor League Update: A Focus on Prospects 6-15

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Taylor Hearn #73 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait on photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Taylor Hearn #73 of the Texas Rangers poses for a portrait on photo day at Surprise Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 05: C.D. Pelham #64 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

#15-C.D. Pelham LHP, Frisco RoughRiders

It has been a tough season for the 24-year-old lefty thus far. Pelham has struggled at Triple-A and Double-A, posting an ERA north of 11.00 at both stops. Precisely, his 12.79 ERA over 12.2 innings and 7:11 K:BB ratio have not helped him work his way back to the major leagues. The hope for the Rangers is that he can eventually turn it around for the big league club that is in desperate need of pitching help.

#14-Cole Ragans LHP, Arizona Rookie League

Ragans, now 21, is a tough read for Rangers fans. The 2016 first round draft pick was one of the club’s top pitching prospects after a great 2017 campaign, but has since undergone two Tommy John surgeries and will likely be out until late 2020. MLB.com sets his projected MLB debut at 2022, though there’s a good chance it will be pushed back further due to his unfortunate injury luck. Kenneth Nash wrote more about Ragans’ injury here.

#13-Tyler Phillips RHP, Frisco RoughRiders

Phillips, 21, has been a pleasant surprise to the Rangers’ farm system this year (as we all know, they could use a surprise or two). He dominated in six starts at Down East and is now getting used to the improved talent in Frisco. He has shown terrific control by walking only 10 batters over 10 starts in 2019, and has an impressive 3.04 ERA. Phillips is expected to make his MLB debut in 2021, but if he can get jump-started in Frisco, it’s possible he could be promoted as a September call-up for the Rangers.

#12-Owen White RHP, Arizona Rookie League

Yet another player hit with the Tommy John bug, White, 19, will not pitch for the Rangers until late 2020 or 2021. The 2018 second round pick will be placed in the rookie league once he recovers, and his MLB debut is not expected until 2023.

#11-Chris Seise INF, Hickory Crawdads (7-day IL)

Continuing the streak of injured players, we reach Chris Seise. The 20-year-old is a former 1st round pick of the Rangers (2017), but has been frequently injured the past two seasons. He is expected to be out all of this season with an injury, and will have played just 21 games in 2018-2019. He is not expected to debut in the bigs until 2022.

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