The 2021 Texas Rangers: Where are they now?

Chris Giles
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Manager Chris Woodward #8 of the Texas Rangers and his team look on from the dugout as the Rangers play the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Globe Life Field on September 19, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Manager Chris Woodward #8 of the Texas Rangers and his team look on from the dugout as the Rangers play the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning at Globe Life Field on September 19, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /
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2021 Texas Rangers: Bullpen

Ian Kennedy started his only season with Texas as the Rangers closer in 2021.  In 32 games, Kennedy pitched 32.1 innings, had a record of 0-0, with a 2.51 ERA, and 16 saves.  Kennedy was traded to Philadelphia prior to the trade deadline.  In November, Kennedy was granted free agency and is still a free agent.

Brett Martin was in his 3rd season in the Rangers bullpen in 2021.  In 66 games, Martin pitched 62.1 innings, had a record of 4-4, and a 3.18 ERA.  Martin is entering his 4th season with Texas and should be an important part of the Rangers bullpen in 2022.

Josh Sborz was in his 1st season in the Texas bullpen in 2021.  In 63 games, Sborz pitched 59.0 innings, had a record of 4-3, with a 3.97 ERA.  Sborz is entering his 2nd season with Texas and should be an important part of the Rangers bullpen in 2022.

Spencer Patton was pitching in his 3rd season with the Rangers in 2021.  In 42 relief appearances, Patton pitched 42.1 innings, had a record of 2-2, with a 3.83 ERA.  In 2022, Patton continues to  be a member of the Rangers bullpen.

John King was in his 2nd season in the Rangers bullpen in 2021.  In 27 relief appearances, King pitched 46.0 innings, had a record of 7-5, with a 3.52 ERA.  King required surgery for Thoracic outlet syndrome and missed the last two months of the 2021 season.  King should be ready to resume regular pitching duties for the Rangers in 2022.

Dennis Santana was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers last June.  In 39 releif appearances with Texas, Santana pitched 39.2 innings, had a record of 2-4, with a 3.63 ERA.  Moving forward, Santana should be an important part of the Texas bullpen.

Hyeon-jong Yang split the 2021 season between the Texas starting rotaion, bullpen, and also had a long stint in AAA.  In 12 games, including four MLB starts, Yang had a record of 2-4, in 54.0 innings, and had a 5.60 ERA.  Yang was granted free agency after the season and is currently a member of the Kia Tigers in the KBO.

Jharel Cotton was in his 1st year in the Texas bullpen in 2021.  In 23 games, Cotton had a record of 2-0, with a 3.52 ERA.  At the end of the season, Cotton was granted free agency.  Cotton signed a contract with Minnesota and will be a member of the Twins bullpen in 2022.

Joe Barlow was a rookie relief pitcher with Texas in 2021.  Barlow took over as the closer after Ian Kennedy was traded to Philadelphia.  In 31 games, Barlow had a record of 0-2, with a 1.55 ERA, and 11 saves.  Barlow will be an important member of the Texas bullpen in 2022.

Joely Rodriguez was in his 2nd season in Texas in 2021.  In 31 relief appearances, Rodriguez pitched 27.1 innings, had a record of1-3, and a 5.93 ERA.  Rodriguez started the 2021 season with the Rangers before he was shipped to the New York Yankees with Joey Gallo.  Rodriguez is currently a member of the Yankees bullpen.

Brett de Geus started the season in the Texas bullpen after he was acquired in the 2021 rule 5 draft.  In 19 relief appearances, de Geus had a record of 0-0, with an 8.44 ERA.  Texas placed de Geus on waivers in June and he was selected by Arizona.  In 2022, de Geus will continue to be a member of the Diamondabcks organization.

Demarcus Evans was in his 2nd season in Texas in 2021.  In 25 releif appearances, Evans pitched 26.1 innings, had a record of 0-2, with a 5.13 ERA.  Evans has a chance to be an important member of the Texas bullpen in 2022.

Wes Benjamin was in his 2nd season with the Rangers in 2021.  In 13 games, including two spot starts, Benjamin pitched 22.2 innings, had a record of 0-2, with a 8.74 ERA.  Benjamin split the 2021 season between the Rangers and AAA.  Benjamin was designated for assignment and was removed from the Texas 40-man roster.  Benjamin remains with the Rangers organization to start the 2022 season.

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