The 2019 Texas Rangers: Where are they now?

Chris Giles
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 21: Chris Woodward #8 of the Texas Rangers reacts in the dugout before the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 21, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 21: Chris Woodward #8 of the Texas Rangers reacts in the dugout before the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 21, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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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 8th installment, players from the 2019 team will be examined. (All stats used were extracted from baseball-reference.com)

The Texas Rangers improved slightly in 2019.  The Rangers had a record of 78-84, good for third place in the AL West in 2018.  This would be the third of five consecutive losing seasons for the Rangers.

2019 Texas Rangers Starting Pitching

Mike Minor was in his 2nd season in Texas in 2019.  In 32 starts, Minor had a record of 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA.  Minor was traded to Oakland on August 31, 2020 in a deal that brought Texas MILB Player-of-the-Year, Dustin Harris, to the Rangers organization.  Minor had four starts with Oakland in 2020, and then was granted free agency.  Minor returned to Kansas City after the 2020 season and is currently a member of the Royals starting rotation.

Lance Lynn was in his 1st of two seasons in Texas in 2019.  In 33 starts, Lynn had a record of 16-11 with a 3.67 ERA.  After the 2020 season, Lynn was traded to the Chicago White Sox in the deal that brought Dane Dunning to Texas.

Ariel Jurado was in his 2nd season in Texas in 2019.  In 32 games, including 18 starts, Jurado pitched 122.1 innings, and had a record of 7-11 with a 5.81 ERA.  Jurado was traded to the New York Mets in August 2020.  Jurado made one start with the Mets in 2020 before he was granted free agency.

Adrian Sampson was in his 2nd partial season pitching for the Rangers in 2019.  In 35 games, including 15 starts, Sampson pitched 125.1 innings, had a record of 6-8 with a 5.89 ERA.  After the season, Sampson was granted free agency.  Sampson pitched the 2020 season in Korea and signed to pitch in the Chicago Cubs organization in 2021.  Sampson will continue pitching for the Cubs in 2022.

Drew Smyly pitched a part of the 2019 season with Texas.  In 13 games, including nine starts, Smyly pitched 51.1 innings, had a record of 1-5, with an 8.42 ERA.  Smyly was released in June and signed with Philadelphia.  Smyly pitched for San Francisco in 2020 and Atlanta in 2021.  At 32, Smyly is currently a free agent.

Kolby Allard was in his first season pitching for Texas in 2019.  In nine starts, Allard pitched 45.1 innings, had a record of 4-2 with a 4.96 ERA.  Allard is currently a member of the Texas Rangers.

Shelby Miller was in his only season pitching with Texas in 2019.  In 19 games , including eight starts, Miller pitched 44.0 innings, had a record of 1-3, with an 8.59 ERA.  Miller was released from his contract with Texas in July.  Miller opted out of the 2020 season due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Miller pitched for the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh in 2021.  Now 31, Miller is currently a free agent.

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