Texas Rangers: Three Spring Training Invitees to Watch in 2020

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: General view of action during the spring training game between the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on February 26, 2017 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: General view of action during the spring training game between the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on February 26, 2017 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 24: The Texas Rangers logo to the entrance of the press box is shown before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images) /

2. Jason Bahr – Right-handed Pitcher

Jason Bahr, 24, may be a pitching prospect that not all that many have heard of to this point. He’s not highly ranked on many national prospect sites among Rangers prospects and just joined the organization a season and a half ago in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. However, he’s a pitcher that could make his way to Arlington in the next year or so having improved his prospect status considerably.

After joining the Texas Rangers organization in 2018, Bahr had a breakout season in 2019 pitching at both the High-A and Double-A levels as a starter. With Down East, Bahr made 11 starts posting  a stunning 1.71 ERA and a strikeout rate of one per inning. That got him promoted to Double-A Frisco where he continued to shine making 12 starts for the RoughRiders. His time there ended with a 3.23 ERA and a 9.56 strikeout per nine inning rate, both impressive making a difficult jump to the Double-A level.

Like Huff, he probably is a year away from the big leagues but he’s one to be excited about. He could start the 2020 season back with Double-A Frisco partially because the Rangers Triple-A affiliate is likely to have a backlog of starting pitchers to put in a rotation. He may not end up a starter in the long-term but he sports a solid fastball with a 6’5″ frame that could play nicely in the bullpen.

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