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Rangers visit the city of Brotherly Love for two: TEX @ PHI 5/3-4

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Evan answered another question of mine as well.

Should the Rangers need a starting pitcher from the minors what is the pecking order and how long before Allard is a part of that? Arihara, Alexy and who else would be considered and in what order?

Good question, but I don’t think it includes the two most important elements that would go into any decisions about calling up a starter. First, it’s who is on the 40-man roster. Second, it’s how quickly is the starter needed and what’s the pitching schedule at Round Rock. The second element creates more of a wild card issue than anything.

But if we’re talking mostly merit, I think the “pecking order” would look something like this: Spencer Howard, A.J. Alexy, Kolby Allard (once he’s built up a little bit), Jake Latz, Kohei Arihara and Cole Winn. Winn last because he’s not on the 40 and you wouldn’t want to start his big league service clock for say one or two starts. Now, on the other hand, if you are looking at the unfortunate possibility of long-term injury or a bit later into this season, I think Winn becomes a lot more viable. I think, for now, the most realistic options are Howard and Alexy. Both are on the 40. And maybe I’d pick Alexy first because Howard simply doesn’t seem to be built up enough to go five innings. Alexy has 21 Triple-A innings this season; Howard has 6.2 innings, period.

Of course, this also doesn’t include the possibility that say the Rangers needed a spot start for one turn with the possibility of then sliding that guy to the bullpen. You might go Allard in that case, ask him to go three innings and then move back to the bullpen. There is no desire, however, to bring Allard back as a full-time starter. While he will start at Round Rock, the Rangers view him best suited to pitch multiple innings in relief in the long term.

Why not Arihara? Simple. He’s not on the 40-man roster and compared to the others, just doesn’t seem to really have a potential role for the future. That said, he’s pitched well at Triple-A this season.
 
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I think he has the chance to be a versatile bench player for us. Or maybe he becomes part of a trade package.

seems like trade fodder to me
 

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Good point. So who goes? Culberson solak Calhoune White Sborz ?
there are 4 who drop off at end of season: Culberson, Moore, Perez & Richards.

K. Calhoun has a club option that i wouldn't pick up

LeClerc: $6M option which i wouldn't pickup

Miller: guaranteed $4M in 2023 so possibly trade or release

that's 7 and then we would have to make some tough decisions about Howard, Sborz, Santana, W. Calhoun, Solak, Reks, E. White. Ibanez and Abreu whether to release or trade

plus we could trade some of those i mentioned earlier for prospects we wouldn't have to immediately protect
 

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seems like trade fodder to me

Possibly, seems like he’s finally hitting his stride. Very young still. Putting up better #s than some of the potential 1st round draft picks out of college that are the same age. Only difference is Ornelas is facing much better pitching. We may have something with him.
 

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Sam Huff has some crazy power. Ball just seems to jump off of his bat.

 

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Possibly, seems like he’s finally hitting his stride. Very young still. Putting up better #s than some of the potential 1st round draft picks out of college that are the same age. Only difference is Ornelas is facing much better pitching. We may have something with him.

where's he gonna play?
 

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He could play CF or LF depending on how it pans out.
He played 27 games in CF last year

Fair point. I'd rather have the problem of trying to figure out where all the talent is going to play any day of the week.
 

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“MLB teams averaged 4.0 runs per game in April, which is the lowest average for a month since 1981, and 0.26 runs per team per game fewer than a season ago.

In fact, the leaguewide batting average of .231 was the lowest through April in MLB history, and the .675 OPS was the lowest since 1968 -- aka The Year of the Pitcher.”

 

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“MLB teams averaged 4.0 runs per game in April, which is the lowest average for a month since 1981, and 0.26 runs per team per game fewer than a season ago.

In fact, the leaguewide batting average of .231 was the lowest through April in MLB history, and the .675 OPS was the lowest since 1968 -- aka The Year of the Pitcher.”

Could the industry be overanalyzing hitting, overthinking the subject?
 

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“MLB teams averaged 4.0 runs per game in April, which is the lowest average for a month since 1981, and 0.26 runs per team per game fewer than a season ago.

In fact, the leaguewide batting average of .231 was the lowest through April in MLB history, and the .675 OPS was the lowest since 1968 -- aka The Year of the Pitcher.”

apparently, MLB felt some need to change the ball and it just doesn't carry very well when hit. i'm sure pitchers like that fact but it seems more pitchers are complaining about feel than hitters
 

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Could the industry be overanalyzing hitting, overthinking the subject?
They messed with the drag of the ball to take a few feet of carry off it, but looks like it’s taking about 15 feet off it.
 
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