The 2019 Texas Rangers: Where are they now?
By Chris Giles
2019 Texas Rangers Bullpen
Jose Leclerc was in his 4th season with the Texas Rangers in 2019. In 70 appearances, including three spot-starts, Leclerc pitched 68.2 innings, had a 2-4 record, a 4.33 ERA, and 14 saves. Leclerc made two relief appearances in 2020 before he required Tommy John surgery. Leclerc missed the entire 2021 season and is expected to return to the Rangers bullpen by mid-season in 2022.
Jesse Chavez returned to pitch for Texas in 2019. In 48 games, including nine starts, Chavez pitched 78.0 innings, had a record of 3-5, with a 4.85 ERA, and one save. Chavez pitched one more season in Texas before he was granted free agency after the 2020 season. Chavez pitched for Atlanta in 2021. At 38, Chavez is currently a free agent.
Brett Martin was a rookie pitching for the Rangers in 2019. In 51 games, including two starts, Martin pitched 62.1 innings, had a record of 2-3, and a 4.76 ERA. Martin is entering his 4th season with Texas and should be an important part of the Rangers bullpen in 2022.
Shawn Kelley pitched his final MLB season with Texas in 2019. In 50 relief appearances, Kelley pitched 47.1 innings, had a record of 5-2, and a 4.94 ERA. Kelley became a free agent after the 2019 season and confirmed his retirement prior to Spring Training in 2021.
Chris Martin was in his 2nd and final season in Texas in 2019. In 38 relief appearances, Martin pitched 38.0 innings, had a record of 0-2, a 3.08 ERA, and four saves. Martin was traded to Atlanta prior to the trade deadline in 2019 for current Rangers pitcher Kolby Allard. Martin pitched the last two seasons for Atlanta and is currently a free agent.
Jeffrey Springs was in his 2nd partial season at the MLB level in 2019. In 25 relief appearances, Springs pitched 32.1 innings, had a record of 4-1, and a 6.40 ERA. Prior to Spring Training in 2020, Springs was traded to Boston. Boston traded Springs to Tampa Bay before Spring Training in 2021. Today, Springs continues to be a member of the Rays bullpen.
Rafael Montero was in his 1st season in Texas in 2019. In 22 relief appearances, Montero pitched 29.0 innings, had a record of 2-0, and a 2.48 ERA. Montero pitched one more year in Texas before being traded to Seattle. At the 2021 trade deadline, Seattle traded Montero to Houston. Montero is currently a member of the Astros.
Emmanuel Clase was a rookie relief pitcher with Texas in 2019. In 21 games, including one start, Clase pitched 23.1 innings, had a record of 2-3, with a 2.31 ERA, and one save. Clase was part of the trade that brought Corey Kluber to Texas for the 2020 season. Clase is currently the closer for the Cleveland Guardians.