Top prospect Anderson Tejeda astounded in his Major League debut giving a positive note to a rough start for the Texas Rangers this season.
The Texas Rangers dropped their third straight game and eighth on the season in Oakland yesterday. Mike Minor who started on the mound was credited with the loss bringing his season total to 0-3 receiving no help from the bullpen and completing the sweep for the Athletics.
But all is not lost for the Ranger faithful as offseason signing Todd Frazier formerly of the New York Mets came away with an impressive line of 2-4 with an RBI and a home run coming off Oakland starter Mike Fiers.
Also debuting yesterday was 22-year-old top prospect Anderson Tejeda who showed what he could mean to the franchise. His free swinging reputation came good after he took a big cut on the first pitch he saw as a big leaguer, flying out in his first at-bat. The early swings kept coming though with an RBI single on the first pitch of a his second at-bat. On the third pitch of his big league career, Tejeda delivered a two-run homer to right field which at the time closed the gap to a one-run Oakland lead. Tejeda finished his debut 2-4 with three RBIs and a home run.
Tejeda, who was signed from the Dominican Republic and is currently listed as the seventh ranked prospect in the Rangers system per MLB Pipeline spent the last several years bouncing had never played above the High-A level prior to making his big league debut. According to the club, Tejeda is the first Ranger to record a hit, RBI, and stolen base in his Major League debut. The last player in the league to do this was Twins’ outfielder Jake Cave during his 2018 debut.
Although, It is unlikely that he will maintain his starting position once Rougned Odor returns he has the potential to be a bright spot off the bench for the floundering Rangers offense.
Unfortunately, the heroic performance from Tejeda in his debut was not enough as the rest of the line up struggled to round the bases. The Texas Rangers were able to rack up a total of 12 hits but only managed four runs, falling short in Oakland by a 6-4 scoreline.