Texas Rangers: Five NRI’s to watch this spring training

Sep 14, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Luis Ortiz (59) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Luis Ortiz (59) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /
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Texas Rangers NRI’s to watch: RHP Fernery Ozuna

Another player having visa issues, Fernery Ozuna presents an intriguing bullpen option for the Texas Rangers this season.

If not the Opening Day roster, Ozuna will surely be on the rise this season and could see Arlington by September.

The infielder-converted-pitcher is best known for his triple-digit fastball and good changeup, which could play well in the Rangers’ bullpen.

During the 2018 season, Ozuna pitched for the DSL Rangers, allowing four runs on 10 hits, while striking out 10 over 12 innings pitched.

He held a 2.25 ERA by season’s end, but impressed the Rangers’ staff so much that he was invited to 2021 big league camp.

He’s dealt with injuries in 2019 and no minor league season in 2020, so this spring will be a chance for Ozuna to face premier hitters at the highest level.

If he succeeds, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll make the Rangers roster sometime this season.

If you’re interested in learning more about Fernery Ozuna, click here.

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