The 10 Greatest Pitchers in Texas Rangers History

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ARLINGTON, TX - 1993: Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch during a game in 1993 at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - 1993: Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch during a game in 1993 at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Greatest Texas Rangers Pitchers: #5- John Wetteland

Years: 4 (1997-2000)

G/GS/CG: 248/0/0

W-L: 20-12

ERA: 2.95

IP: 253.0

SO: 248

WHIP: 1.19

SV/SVO: 150/150

John Wetteland pitched 12 years in MLB.  He started his career as a part-time starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In 1991, Wetteland moved to the bullpen and remained a relief pitcher for the remainder of his career.

Wetteland compiled a 48-45 record and was a perfect 330/330 in saves opportunities during his MLB career.  In 765.0 innings, Wetteland had 804 SO and a 2.93 ERA.

In 1998 and 1999, Wetteland represented the Rangers at the All-Star game.

Wetteland makes my Top 10 Greatest Rangers Pitchers because he is 1st all-time in SV, and 1st in SVO.

During his MLB career, according to baseball-reference.com, Wetteland earned just over $33.5M.  His highest salary when he was a member of the Rangers was $6.5M in 2000.

In 2005, John Wetteland was enshrined in the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.

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