During the month of February, I am going to be posting a series called “Where are they now?”. In this series, the rosters for the Texas Rangers teams will be investigated. In the 4th installment, players from the 2015 team will be examined. (All stats used were extracted from baseball-reference.com)
After missing the playoffs in 2013 and 2014, the Texas Rangers had a bounce-back year going 88-74, good enough for 1st place in the West Division. The Toronto Blue Jays defeated Texas 3-2 in the five game ALDS. Toronto lost 4-2 to the eventual World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals.
Where are they now? 2015 Texas Rangers starting pitching
Colby Lewis was once again the rock of the Texas Rangers’ rotation in 2015. Lewis led the Rangers with 204.2 innings pitched in 33 starts. Lewis had a record of 17-9 and a 4.66 ERA. Lewis would go on to pitch one more year in Texas before pitching his final MLB game in 2016.
Yovani Gallardo was traded by Milwaukee to the Rangers prior to the 2015 season. In 33 starts, Gallardo pitched 184.1 innings, had a record of 13-11, and a 3.42 ERA. After leaving the Rangers as a free agent in November 2015, Gallardo pitched for three teams in three seasons before returning to Texas for his final season in MLB in 2018. Today, Gallardo still resides in Fort Worth, TX.
Nick Martinez was in his 2nd season with the Texas Rangers in 2015. Martinez pitched 125.0 innings in 24 games including 21 starts. Martinez had a 7-7 record and a 3.96 ERA. Martinez pitched two more seasons in MLB before taking his game to Japan. He is currently a free agent.
Wandy Rodriguez pitched his final MLB season in 2015 with Texas. In 17 games, including 15 starts, Rodriguez pitched 86.1 innings, had a record of 6-4, with a 4.90 ERA. Rodriguez attempted to prolong his career with several teams but ultimately pitched his final MLB game with Texas in 2015.
Cole Hamels was traded to Texas before the trade deadline in July 2015. In 12 starts for Texas, Hamels pitched 83.2 innings, had a record of 7-1, and a 3.66 ERA. Hamels pitched parts of three more seasons in Texas before he was traded to the Chicago Cubs. After leaving Texas, Hamels made 40 starts over parts of three seasons for two teams. Hamels made a comeback attempt with the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2021, but arm pain forced him to the 60-day injured list. Now 38, Hamels is currently a free agent.
Martin Perez was in his 4th season with the Rangers in 2015. Perez pitched 78.2 innings in 14 starts, and went 3-6 with a 4.46 ERA. Perez pitched three more seasons for Texas before he was granted free agency after the 2018 season. Perez pitched one season in Minnesota and the last two seasons in Boston. Perez is currently a free agent.
Chi Chi Gonzalez was a rookie pitcher with Texas in 2015. In 14 games, including 10 starts, Gonzalez pitched 67.0 innings, had a 4-6 record, and a 3.90 ERA. Gonzalez made three MLB starts in 2016 and required Tommy John surgery after a tear in his UCL in Spring Training 2017. Gonzalez elected free agency after the 2018 season and just completed his 3rd season pitching for Colorado. Now 30, Gonzalez is currently a free agent.
Derek Holland was in his 7th season with the Rangers in 2015. Holland pitched 58.2 innings in 10 starts, and had a record of 4-3 with a 4.91 ERA. Holland would pitch one more season with Texas before being granted free agency and signing with the Chicago White Sox in December 2016. Holland has also pitched for San Francisco, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. Holland is currently a free agent.
Ross Detwiler pitched part of one season in Texas before he was released in July. In 17 games, including seven starts, Detwiler had a 0-5 record and a 7.12 ERA. After leaving Texas, Detwiler pitcher for seven teams in five seasons. Last year, at 35, Detwiler pitched for Miami and San Diego, and is currently a free agent.