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Robinson Chirinos is Better Than One May Think

Robinson Chirinos was a rare bright spot for the Texas Rangers in 2014. He’s also a strong two-way catcher better than most fans realize. (Mandatory Credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Are you familiar with Robinson Chirinos? The general baseball world probably isn’t all that keen on his ability. At 30-years-old with only one significant season under his belt, we can hardly blame...
Via The Sports Journal
14 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Rangers' Darvish leaves spring debut with triceps tightness

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Rangers ace Yu Darvish left his spring training debut with tightness in his right triceps Thursday after pitching a scoreless first inning against Kansas City. Darvish gave up a leadoff single to Alcides Escobar before retiring the next three batters he faced. He threw 10 of 12 pitches for strikes before leaving for precautionary reasons. A Rangers spokesman...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #16: Adrian Beltre | 3B | TEX

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! Adrian Beltre hit at least 25 HR in seven of the eight seasons from 2006-2013 before falling to just 19 HR last year. In a full-season of PA he didn’t reach either 80 R or RBI, and it’s clear the soon-to-be 36-year-old third baseman is washed up. Well if...
Via Baseball Professor
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Texas Rangers

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (9) | 2013 (3) | 2012 (2) | 2011 (15) | 2010 (2) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [67-95] AL West AAA: [70-74] Pacific Coast League - Round Rock AA: [80-59] Texas League - Frisco A+: [82-56] Carolina League - Myrtle Beach (2015: High Desert) A: [80-59] South Atlantic League - Hickory A(ss): [40-36] Northwest League - Spokane Graduated...
Via Razzball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is 16 million too much for Adrian Beltre in 2016?

The Texas Rangers picked up the club option for Adrian Beltre for the 2016 season for $16 million. General Manager Jon Daniels said it was a no-brainer to pick up the option. Beltre has been one of the most consistent and best players on the Rangers since he signed with the team after the 2010 season. His impact was felt immediately as he played a pivotal role in the team’s 2011...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Prince Fielder Going Opposite Field at the Golf Range

With all this ridiculous talk about the MLB being open to the idea of eliminating shifts, it’s time for players to put an end to that nonsense and take pitches the other way. Just look at Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, he’s clearly ready to take what the defense gives him. He hit up a golf range Monday night and decided it would be best to not show off his monster...
Via Busted Coverage
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Rangers Still Interested In Gee, Could Move Profar

Sources have told Chris Cotillo that the Texas Rangers are still interested in trading for Mets starter Dillon Gee. It is unclear if the sides are in active discussions about a deal for Gee, says Cotillo, though Texas has been interested in the right-hander dating back to the Winter Meetings. One possibility that is being bandied about is a deal that would send Gee and a few other...
Via Mets Merized Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers would like to forget 2014 ever happened. Coming into last season with big expectations based on the additions of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, Texas was decimated by injuries throughout the lineup and starting rotation, and it was too much to overcome. New manager Jeff Banister could be the new voice this team needs, and his analytical approach meshes better...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yu Darvish busts out a ‘bulls–t’ during his first English-only presser

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish for the first time Sunday held a press conference in which he answered all the questions in English. And given that his commitment to the team last season was called into question, perhaps it wasn’t surprising to hear the Japanese phenom sprinkle his comments with a minor dose of profanity....Read More The post Yu Darvish busts out a ‘bull-s–t’...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yu Darvish on notion he quit on Rangers: ‘That’s BS‘

Yu Darvish is working on his English, in part so he can convey his feelings as accurately as possible. He already has the curse words down. Darvish on Sunday gave his first press conference in English since joining the Rangers in 2012, and his top priority was to emphasize that he did not quit on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Quietly Key Players for the Texas Rangers

If the Texas Rangers are going to have a successful 2015 season, Neftali Feliz and two other quietly key members will play a huge role. (Mandatory Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) The Texas Rangers’ most notable players include Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder and Yu Darvish. If Texas has any hopes of contention, let alone playoff aspirations, these stars will have to deliver...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lewis starting Cactus opener for Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. –€“ The Texas Rangers will use a six-man rotation early in spring with Colby Lewis getting the start in Wednesday's exhibition opener against Kansas City. Texas will use Lewis, Derek Holland, Yovani Gallardo, Nick Tepesch, Ross Detwiler and Yu Darvish as its starters early. Both Lewis and Gallardo are pitching in Wednesday's game against the Royals with Lisaverto...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Elvis Andrus Rebound in 2015?

(Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) In the midst of the Texas Rangers’ abysmal 2014 that saw them go just 67-95, shortstop Elvis Andrus slumped to his worst season as a pro. The Rangers number two hitter hit just .263 with an on-base percentage of .314, both career lows. He provided little power, but perhaps the most disappointing thing was the severe drop in steals, down...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

NU's Carlos Pena On 'Effective Velocity'

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Via FenwayNation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers have plenty of options for No. 5 starter

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Sniper focus. It's a phrase new Texas manager Jeff Banister has used with his team already this spring about how they should approach the game. It's no more fitting for any position than the competition for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation. Nick Tepesch has to focus on what he does and not worry about how Nick Martinez performs. Or Ross Detwiler. Or Lisalverto...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Prospect Profile: Luke Jackson

A few weeks ago, ESPN’s Senior Baseball Writer Keith Law released his 2015 Minor League rankings for each Major League franchise. The Texas Rangers ended up 11th on Law’s rankings. Among some of Texas’ top prospects, starting pitcher Luke Jackson is one of the more fascinating players to keep an eye on throughout the season. Jackson was a supplemental first round pick by Texas...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers reach deals with 16 players

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers agreed to deals with 16 of their pre-arbitration eligible players Friday, leaving just seven players on the major-league roster unsigned. The highest-paid player among those agreeing to deals was right-hander Nick Tepesch, who will earn $517,760 on his split major-league contract. Second baseman Rougned Odor will make $513,850. Also agreeing to...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers' Darvish feels good facing hitters for 1st time since August

  Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during batting practice Wednesday. Darvish missed the final seven weeks last season because of right elbow inflammation. ''I was able to do some things I'd worked on in the bullpen,'' Darvish said through a translator. ''My command was very good and there was...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Scheppers drops creepy photobomb on Shawn Tolleson (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers dropped a photobomb on fellow pitcher Shawn Tolleson as he gave an interview in the team's spring training complex in Arizona.Scheppers snuck in and out of the camera shot without disturbing the interview, but the face he was making was mildly creepy.Video via MLB. This post appeared first on Holdout...
Via Holdout Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #42: Prince Fielder | 1B | TEX

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Fielder ranked 45th overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 42 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). One year into the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler swap, Detroit seems to have gotten the better end of the deal. One year from now, we could...
Via Baseball Professor
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Texas Rangers projected batting order for 2015

The Texas Rangers projected Opening Day lineup for 2015: Yu Darvish the projected opening day starter for the Rangers Shin-Soo Choo OF Elvis Andrus SS Prince Fielder 1B Adrian Beltre 3B Mitch Moreland DH Michael Choice OF Leonys Martin OF Robinson Chirinos C Rougned Odor 2B Pitching Yu Darvish Shin-Soo Choo is coming off an injury-riddled year. His ankle seemed to bother him all...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

How Adrian Beltre Has Defied Father Time

This is it. This is the year Adrian Beltre finally declines. Yep, you heard it here first, folks. Adrian Beltre is donezo. I mean, come on — dude’s about to be 36 years old. He’s logged 10,001 plate appearances since he entered the league in 1998, a number topped by only Derek Jeter. His defense […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jurickson Profar: Former top prospect to miss second-straight season

The Texas Rangers once looked like a team with an absolutely stocked farm system and the jewel of that system was Curacaoan middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Well, two years later Profar looks like a guy who just can’t catch a break, as he is now set to miss his second season in a row. On Monday it was announced that Profar had a torn labrum in his right shoulder and would miss...
Via Rumors and Rants
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Rougned Odor’s brother, Rougned Odor

Oakland Coliseum is known for raw sewage backing up into its dugouts, but the strangest Odor in the American League West this year emanates from Texas. On Thursday, the Texas Rangers announced that they have signed the younger brother of second baseman Rougned Odor… Rougned Odor. That’s right, the Odor Brothers have the same first name. The elder Odor, who already gives the...
Via Rumors and Rants
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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