The Texas Rangers had another one of those weeks that you want to forget. The team got swept once again by the Baltimore Orioles this week, with ex-Rangers Jordan Lyles, Rougned Odor and Robinson Chirinos all contributing. Because of course!
Not everything was bad about this week, though. The Rangers did take last weekend’s series against the Los Angeles Angels. Also, a lot of action down in the minor league system. We had some career nights by some of the top pitchers in the organization and deserving promotions for some prospects.
Let’s dive in and see which prospects made the lists in this week’s Texas Rangers Weekly Report.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Hot
Jack Leiter, Cole Ragans and Cole Winn
Let’s start off with the guy that will be facing off against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, Cole Ragans. It was announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will be promoted to the Rangers and get to make his debut. Hope the Rangers fans who are at the game cheer him on, he deserves this opportunity.
In the minors, Jack Leiter had a good outing this week. In 5.2 innings, he only allowed two hits, a run and struck out four. Here are the highlights of his pitching performance:
Fellow righty Cole Winn couldn’t sit out of this pitching performance contest in the minor leagues. In five of his own innings at Triple-A, he allowed just one hit and struck out nine batters. Winn was just dominant on the mound for the Express, here are his highlights below.
All I have to say after all this pitching is that the Rangers are loaded with guys who could be in the rotation very shortly.
Aaron Zavala and Luisangel Acuna
Two prospects got a very well-deserved promotion this past week. Zavala and Acuna were promoted to the Roughriders and neither wasted any time making an introduction to the fans:
Aaron Zavala was a player that I mentioned that could get “fast-tracked” through the Rangers system before the season started. Glad to see Texas agrees and sent him to Frisco.
If you live out in the North Texas area, try and go to one of the Roughriders last this season to see these players in action.
Howard joins a list of past Rangers to win a game on their birthday. Howard pitched five innings allowing three hits and striking out five batters. What was even more amazing about Howard’s outing was he didn’t walk a single batter and out-dueled All-Star Shohei Ohtani.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Not Hot
It would be nice to get some offense going so our starting pitcher’s great outing doesn’t get wasted. On Tuesday, the Rangers made former Texas pitcher Jordan Lyles look like he belonged on the American League All-Star Roster.
On Wednesday, the Rangers wasted Martin Perez’s amazing nine-punchout outing by not deciding to start scoring runs until the seventh inning. If Texas wants to make one last push towards making a wild card spot, they can’t afford to have off days on offense moving forward.
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