The Tony Beasley era of Texas Rangers Baseball is off to a great start. The Rangers were able to take the series from the first-place Minnesota Twins up north this past weekend. They were also able to split the series against the Colorado Rockies by running up the score.
The Rangers also broke some records this week aa they brought out the bats in Denver. Let’s find out which Rangers made which lists this week in the Rangers Weekly Report.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Hot
Adolis Garcia hit “blackjack” in Colorado on Wednesday and I’ll tell you why. Early on in the game, “Bombi” got a hit, extending his hitting streak to 21 straight games. He is also the first player in the Major Leagues to reach 20 Home Runs and 20 Stolen Bases this season. He also crushed one the other day against the Twins.
This is why he is the first player on The Who’s Hot list this week. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about Nathaniel Lowe who did just as well as Garcia.
The reason why he is on the list this week is he is crushing baseballs and getting us runs. Here is one of the no-doubters that he crushed in Minnesota that probably would have left the park. If I’m the Rangers, I’m making sure to get him locked down to an extension this winter. Lowe and Jung can split time at first base next season.
Josh Jung is literally “extremely close” to being called up to the majors. He just hit his sixth home run in 12 games since coming back from his surgery at the beginning of the season. Just call him up at this point, what else does he have to prove down in Triple-A?
“Another game, another highlight reel” that is the motto of Jack Leiter down in Frisco on Wednesday. He tied his season high strikeout record with eight strikeouts against the Wichita Wind Surge, the Double-A Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
He still needs to work on his walk ratio as that is still high. I think if he does well the remainder of this season and into Spring Training, he could be in Round Rock to start the season next year.
Kohei is basically fighting for another invite to Texas Rangers Spring Training in March. On Sunday he pitched one of his better game with the Rangers shutting out the Twins through six innings and only allowing four hits.
I would actually like to see him get invited back to Spring Training next season if he continues to pitch like this for the remainder of the season. Would be nice to have a pitcher like him in case if our starter were to get hurt and have to leave the game early.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Not Hot
You’re definitely wondering why our Double-A Manager is the only The Who’s Not Hot list this week. The reason why he is on the bottom is the way he handled Jack Leiter this season. I was in attendance this Wednesday to see Leiter pitch. He had a bases loaded situation and yanked Leiter after walking the first batter.
Leiter is probably going to see more of these bases loaded scenarios in the majors. I know he was around 90 pitches which is over his limit. You could tell Leiter wasn’t happy when he walked out to the mound to change pitchers.
Goedert needs to let Leiter learn how to get out of the inning with bases loaded. The minor leagues are for prospects to learn about different scenarios they might face in the majors down the road. Can’t keep yanking them out of the game if they give up a run.
One last thing before I wrap up the Rangers Weekly Report this week: Adrian Beltre Bobblehead day is this Saturday. Please be civil when standing in line and waiting to get in and receive your bobble head.
The first 15,000 fans will get one so there are plenty of them. Please don’t start any fights in the parking lot, its not hockey season just yet.
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