Is Emiliano Teodo a bullpen option for the Texas Rangers in 2024?

A hard-throwing right-hander made an impressive debut on Saturday. Should he make his MLB debut this season?

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The Texas Rangers farm system has been widely discussed for much of this offseason and now into spring training. People have been focusing on Evan Carter and Wyatt Langford and the potential impact those players might have for the Texas Rangers in 2024. They will both likely make a major impact on the team this season. Another prospect made his spring training debut on Saturday and caused a stir among fans and coaching staff alike. Emiliano Teodo a fireballing right-hander came in out of the pen on Saturday and allowed two inherited runners to score on an error, but also did finish out the inning with a strikeout and getting Salvador Perez to pop out. It was an eye-opening outing for the 23-year-old. Bruce Bochy had this to say after the game when asked about Teodo,

It begs the question could we see Teodo coming out of the pen for the Texas Rangers this summer?

The pros of promoting Teodo to the majors

Teodo has a very explosive arm that in short bursts could be very dominant in the pen. He hit 100mph with a 2-seam fastball according to the Surprise stadium gun. He also mixes in a mid 80's curveball. He will likely open the season at Frisco and Texas has shown they are not afraid of promoting relievers or position players from Frisco or advancing them quickly to Round Rock. If Teodo is getting promoted it must be assumed he is pitching well.

Texas would likely add Teodo around midseason and imagine adding that electric fastball and complimentary secondary pitches to the bullpen. Teodo would bring experience starting and pitching in relief. That would mean Bochy could use him in whatever role he needed at that moment. Texas can ease Teodo into the majors by pitching him in low stress situations. Then slowly get him confident and then put him into more high-pressure situations. Teodo would certainly add to the depth of the bullpen and take some of the load off veterans like Josh Sborz, Jose Leclerc, and David Robertson.

Teodo also comes without a full scouting report as well. He would hold the advantage over the hitters he is facing for at least the first few weeks until teams develop a scouting report on him. It would be similar to the success Grant Anderson had after being promoted in late May last season. Teodo could be that guy for Texas in the middle of the season.

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