While Texas Rangers fans may want to talk about what happened up in New York and Baltimore last week, there isn’t much to say, as winning one game out of six against the Mets and Orioles is not going to get you very far, especially if you are trying to make the playoffs.
I think the Rangers need a “timeout” from the who’s hot list this week, and instead focus on the young guns in the farm system that had one heck of a week.
From Owen White in Frisco to Ezequiel Duran in Round Rock, let’s take a glimpse at them in the latest weekly report.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Hot
I was super excited to watch this guy pitch in person on Thursday before the July 4th weekend. Let me just tell you there’s something special about this guy and Rangers fans are going to love him. The guy was just mowing down the Corpus Christi Hooks Lineup. White had a no-hitter going on before he was forced to leave the game with an ankle sprain.
When you watch his highlights below just watch how he is able to bait the batter into swinging at the ball. He even got a strikeout when three straight pitches which is remarkable. His final stats were 0 hits, one walk and 7K’s.
This kid has a bright future in this organization and can’t wait to see him striking out lineups in the big leagues.
It was announced earlier this week that Jack Leiter will be participating in the MLB Futures game at Dodgers Stadium during MLB’s All-Star Weekend. Even though he wished he had a better start to his pro baseball career, this is a pretty big honor in your first year.
Hopefully, he will soak in all the knowledge from the American League coaching staff and start the second half of the season with a bang. I know he has it within him to become the future Rangers ace down the road.
Duran really needed to get sent down to Round Rock, not as a punishment, but to get playing time as he wasn’t with the Rangers. Duran played really well as a Center Fielder this week as he made this amazing web gem this week robbing a player of possibly getting a double or more on the hit.
I think promoting him straight to the Rangers from Double-A was not the smartest move for his development. They already had Josh Smith who was really thriving and didn’t need to add any more prospects up in Arlington. For right now, Round Rock is the perfect place for him to develop right now.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Not Hot
The Texas Rangers are just not themselves right now, simple as that. From no offense some days to relief pitchers not doing their jobs, it’s just a really bad slump coming at a bad time right now.
I know the Rangers have the talent to be a special team but when you get swept by the Orioles, you have to look at yourself in the mirror as a team.
I don’t think Chris Woodward will get fired mid-season, but it could be time to have the manager discussion again come this winter.
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