Jack Leiter gets another chance with Rangers in best possible position

Let's try that again, shall we?
Texas Rangers pitcher Jack Leiter
Texas Rangers pitcher Jack Leiter / Duane Burleson/GettyImages

Jack Leiter is getting a second chance to prove himself at the major league level. Reports emerged from Kennedy Landri of MLB.com that Leiter is present with the Texas Rangers in Oakland.

Leiter will be toeing the rubber for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, and the Rangers right-hander will be looking to make some changes following his up-and-down major league debut that occurred last month.

The Rangers, in need of an additional starter, called upon Leiter back on April 18 against the Detroit Tigers. Leiter had his moment, but on the whole, looked very overmatched. Detroit lit Leiter up to the tune of seven runs on eight hits. The rookie struck out three, but also walked three and was lifted before the end of the fourth inning.

Jack Leiter would appear to be the Rangers Game 2 starter on Wednesday vs the A's

Leiter was optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock following his first major league start, and obviously had some things he needed to work on. The right-hander's first game back in the minors saw him strikeout eight batters over six innings while allowing only one base hit. Where was that during his previous start?

To prove that outing wasn't a fluke, Leiter threw five innings of three-hit baseball during his latest minor league start on May 2. The strikeout numbers weren't there, and both earned runs came via the long ball, but Leiter was still able to compete and kept his team in the game. He clearly has the talent, it's just a matter of putting it all together.

With Nathan Eovaldi out of action with a groin injury, this could be more than just a one-game stint for Leiter. A solid outing from him on Wednesday would go a long way toward securing more than just one start on the road, and Rangers fans have to be pleased with the setting. Texas just bludgeoned the A's to the tune of a 15-8 final score on Tuesday, scoring 10 runs in the top of the second inning and notching their fourth straight win.

There's some momentum for the Rangers, and Leiter has a chance to hop on board and secure his ticket on board for the remainder of the season.

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