Do the Rangers Need Respect?

by Ben Dieter on June 24, 2016

Adrian+Beltre+Elvis+Andrus+k_P-p2NQUOXmAs fans of the majority of teams in sports will tell you, it never seems like their particular team gains enough respect from the national media. I hear it all the time about a variety of teams in a variety of sports. It seems to be the number one complaint the majority of the time. The Texas Rangers not only have the largest division lead in all of baseball, they have the second best record as well. You could say they are getting a little love since they are second on the power rankings on most major sites around the web, but what about the All Star voting? Why is one of the best teams in baseball not receiving any love from the voters?

 

I have said for years here on the site and on The Hague Sports Podcast that I believe that fan voting is a bad idea. Right now, the Boston Red Sox have 4 starters in the game according to the popularity contest that is All-Star Voting. Currently, the only Texas Rangers in the top 5 at their position is Adrian Beltre (4th), Elvis Andrus (4th), and Ian Desmond comes in at 9th for outfielders. Yet they rank much higher as far as stats go. Desmond is having a career year, Beltre is just having another fantastic season, and you could say that Elvis is having a career year. So is it our fault as fans for not voting enough?

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I know that it seems like the Texas Rangers are never really represented in the All-Star game these days, but I submit that it is not a bad thing to be flying under the radar. Think back to 2010, no one nationally knew anything about the Texas Rangers, broadcasters wererangers mispronouncing names or just using the wrong names, there was genuine shock that this perennial losing team from Texas was in the post season. And all they did was go to back to back World Series. In 2012 and 2013, they were very well known, and both seasons ended badly for the team.

I am not saying lack of respect is the only reason that the Texas Rangers are winning so much this season, but I do think that it plays a factor in the amount of drive that some players have right now. It seems to me, that more than any other sport, baseball players like to be the underdogs. It seems to bring more focus and hard work to a team, and it also seems to build chemistry when the team believes that no one gives them a shot.

 

Even with all the injuries, this team just continues to win, and they lead the league in come from behind wins as well as wins in one run games. Although I would like to see the Rangers well represented in the All-Star game or talked about more in the national media, I would rather see the Rangers well represented in the World Series, so I’ll take the lack or respect any day if it leads to a championship.

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Texas Rangers Prospect Watch: Frisco

by Ben Dieter on June 23, 2016

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The Texas Rangers minor league system is pretty stacked, as evidenced by the major league team right now. Luke Jackson, Nomar Mazara, Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor are all guys that have come from that system. Yesterday we looked at some of the top performers at the Rangers AAA affiliate, the Round Rock Express, so today I am going to focus on the AA ball team, the Rough Riders. There have been many times over the past few seasons that a highly touted prospect has never made it to Round Rock but been called up directly from this team, and this team is very talented in 2016.

 

The Rough Riders are 39-32 overall, which is good enough to be in second place in the Texas League South at the moment.

Batting:

ryan cordellCenter fielder Ryan Cordell is having a nice season at the plate, batting .291/.344/.544 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. Like fellow slugger Joey Gallo, Ryan needs to work on his strike out rate, which is 28% of the time. But patience at the plate is something coaches help you work out in the minors.

First Baseman Ronald Guzman is batting .287/.352/.496 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI. Guzman is a name that Rangers fans have heard before, as he is one of the top prospects in the organization.

Outfielder Preston Beck is batting .280/.351/.451 with 5 home runs and 23 RBI, but he also has 8 doubles, 4 triples and 3 stolen bases.

 

Pitching:

So the big question for the Texas Rangers club right now is do they have enough pitching or do they need to go out and trade for another starter due to all the injuries? Well while I cannot answer that question, here are some of the standouts at Frisco hurling the ball.Connor_Sadzeck_gmp1dzir_ure9bf8p

Starter Connor Sadzeck is 6-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 13 games so far in 2016 (79.1 innings). He has 71 strike outs to just 25 walks, and his whip is at 1.05. He has however given up 9 home runs and hit 7 batters, so even though he has a low ERA he may need a little more work on control.

Victor Payano is 5-4 with a 3.57 ERA, also in 13 games (70.2 innings). Victor has struck out 72 while walking 33, and his whip is a very low 1.42.

 

As far as relievers go, here is a list of a few standouts ( I only used guys with at least 9 innings of work so far in 2016).

Cody Palmquist – 0.69 ERA, 9 strike outs and 1 walk in 13 innings of work.

Joe Filomeno – 1.35 ERA, 11 strike outs and 13 walks in 13.1 innings of work.

Adam Parks – 1.86 ERA, 30 strike outs and 3 walks in 19.1 innings pitched.

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This is just a highlight of guys who are doing well at the minor league level, for full coverage of the minors there are a ton of sites that do a really good job covering the Texas Rangers farm system. Thanks for reading!

 

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Diekman Disappoints in Rangers Win

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Dropping Like Flies: Now Colby Lewis

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What the Derek Holland Injury Means

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The Texas Rangers have been without Yu Darvish for most of the season. A.J. Griffin started the season hot, then he went on the disabled list. Colby Lewis left the game early Tuesday night with some kind of arm problem, but we are being told that he is alright, just like we were told about […]

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