The 2013 Texas Rangers: Where are they now?
By Chris Giles
Where are they now: 2013 Texas Rangers bullpen
Joe Nathan was in his 2nd season with the Texas Rangers in 2013. Nathan once again represented Texas in the All-Star game. At 38, Nathan pitched 64.2 innings in 67 games, with a 6-2 record, 1.39 ERA, and 43 saves. Nathan was granted free agency at the end of the season. Nathan pitched three more seasons of MLB before retiring after the 2016 season.
Tanner Scheppers was in his 2nd season with Texas in 2013. He pitched 76.2 innings in 76 games, had a record of 6-2, a 1.88 ERA, and one save. Scheppers pitched four more seasons with Texas before being granted free agency at the end of the 2017 season. Texas was the only team Scheppers pitched for in his MLB career.
Robbie Ross was in his 2nd season with Texas in 2013. Ross pitched in 65 games, covering 62.1 innings, going 4-2 with a 3.03 ERA. Ross pitched one more season in Texas before being traded to Boston in 2015. Ross pitched three more seasons in Boston and did not pitch another MLB game after the 2017 season. Ross attempted several comebacks and ended up voluntarily retiring from the Detroit Tigers on August 6, 2021.
Neal Cotts was in his first of two seasons in Texas during the 2013 season. In 58 relief appearances, Cotts pitched 57.0 innings, had an 8-3 record, an amazing 1.11 ERA, and one save. Cotts pitched one more season in Texas and one season split between Milwaukee and Minnesota. Cotts pitched his last MLB game in 2015.
Jason Frasor was also in his first of two seasons in Texas in 2013. In 61 relief appearances, Frasor pitched 49.0 innings, had a 4-3 record, and a 2.57 ERA. Frasor split the next two seasons between three teams. Frasor finished his MLB career 2015.
Ross Wolf had a tumultuous professional baseball career. He made relief appearances in two out of six seasons, including a stop in Korea, before appearing in Texas in 2013. In 22 games, including three starts, Wolf pitched 47.2 innings, had a 1-3 record, and a 4.15 ERA. Wolf announced his retirement from professional baseball prior to the 2016 season.
Joe Ortiz pitched one season of MLB. In 32 relief appearances with the Rangers, Ortiz had a 2-2 record, and a 4.23 ERA, in 44.2 innings. In October 2014, Ortiz was selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs, but did not pitch again in MLB.
In December 2012, the Texas Rangers signed Joakim Soria as a free agent. In 2013, Soria made 26 relief appearances for the Rangers. In 23.2 innings, Soria had a record of 1-0, with a 3.80 ERA. During the next eight seasons, Soria pitched for nine different teams. At 37, after the 2021 season, Soria announced his retirement.
Michael Kirkman was in his 4th season pitching for Texas. Kirkman pitched 35.1 innings in 28 relief appearances for the Rangers. Kirkman had a record of 0-2 with a disappointing 8.18 ERA. Kirkman pitched one more season in Texas and split the 2016 season between San Diego and Milwaukee. Kirkman pitched his final MLB game in 2016.
Neftali Feliz only made six relief appearances for Texas in 2013. In 4.2 innings, Feliz had a 0-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. Feliz would pitch parts of two more seasons in Texas. Since his release from the Rangers in 2015, Feliz has pitched for six different teams and is currently a free agent.