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Texas Rangers Spring Training 2020

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  1. saddles

    saddles What Elephant? - Watch out for Team JD Pom Poms!

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    Rangers Spring Training FAQs, dates to know

    The Rangers are planning to bring 66 players to Spring Training. They have a full 40-man roster and 26 non-roster invites for their 18th season at the Surprise, Ariz. complex.

    Pitchers and catchers report date
    Feb. 11

    First pitchers and catchers workout date

    Feb. 12

    Full squad report date

    Feb. 16

    First full-squad workout date

    Feb. 17

    New faces to know

    RHP Corey Kluber, RHP Kyle Gibson, RHP Jordan Lyles, 3B Todd Frazier, C Robinson Chirinos, LHP Joely Rodriguez, OF Adolis Garcia, RHP Nick Goody

    Top prospects to know

    C Sam Huff (73rd overall per MLB Pipeline), OF Leody Taveras, RHP Demarcus Evans

    Where is the facility?

    Surprise Stadium: 15754 North Bullard Ave., Surprise, Ariz. 85374 (shared with Royals)

    Can fans attend workouts?

    Yes, the Rangers back fields are open at 10 a.m. CT, for fans to attend the workouts free of charge.

    First game

    Friday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. CT, vs. Royals at Surprise Stadium

    First TV game

    Not yet announced

    One other notable game

    Sunday, March 8, vs. Dodgers, 3 p.m. CT, at Surprise Stadium

    Last game in Arizona

    Saturday, March 21, vs. Royals, 2 p.m. CT at Surprise Stadium

    Additional exhibitions before the regular season

    Tuesday, March 23, 7:05 p.m. CT, vs. Cardinals at Globe Life Field

    Wednesday, March 24, 1:05 p.m. CT, vs. Rangers Minor Leaguers, Globe Life Field

    Opening Day date, time, opponent and location

    Friday, March 26, 3 p.m. CT, vs. Mariners at T-Mobile Park, Seattle
     



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    darrylgann Well-Known Member

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    Nice, Bennie. Just wish my enthusiasm returned for this season that JD kinda really dampened this off season.
     
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    saddles definitely seems to have some enthusiasm. He’s making the spring training thread way early!

    im excited to see our new pitching staff, but JD did absolutely nothing to address our most glaring weakness, that weakness of course is a crappy infield.

    overall enthusiasm level isn’t very high. At least the Astros will take a Ton of shit this year and people will now have another reason to root against them.
     
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    saddles What Elephant? - Watch out for Team JD Pom Poms!

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    Wow saddles.

    you really can’t wait for spring training huh?
     
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    saddles What Elephant? - Watch out for Team JD Pom Poms!

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    It isn't a matter of me personally not being able to wait. It is right here upon us and the ST news has started to flow.
     
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    Interesting that Solak is being mentioned as a platoon partner for Guzman at 1B, along with some OF work, I'm sure Heineman will get some ABs there too

    Between IKF, Heineman and Solak, backup positions should be covered, I'd rather Trevino make the team over Mathis though
     
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    saddles What Elephant? - Watch out for Team JD Pom Poms!

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    The plans for Solak sounds a lot like the plans they once had for Profar.
     
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    I hate this. Too many teams make the playoffs as it is.
     
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    Starting Rotation (5)

    Mike Minor
    Lance Lynn
    Corey Kluber
    Kyle Gibson
    Jordan Lyles


    Bullpen (8)

    Jose Leclerc
    Rafael Montero
    Jesse Chavez
    Joely Rodriguez
    Brett Martin
    Nick Goody
    Edinson Volquez
    Demarcus Evans


    Catchers (2)

    Robinson Chirinos
    Jeff Mathis



    Infielders (6)

    Ronald Guzman
    Rougned Odor
    Elvis Andrus
    Todd Frazier
    Isiah Kiner-Falefa
    Nick Solak


    Outfielders (5)

    Joey Gallo
    Willie Calhoun
    Shin-Soo Choo
    Danny Santana
    Adolis Garcia
     
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    saddles What Elephant? - Watch out for Team JD Pom Poms!

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    Here is Chris Halickie's Top Ten Rangers Prospects thus far.

    Inside The Rangers Top 10 Preseason Prospect Rankings

    10. 3B Sherten Apostel
    9. SS Maximo Acosta
    8. RF Bayron Lora
    7. LHP Joe Palumbo
    6. RHP Cole Winn
    5. CF Leody Taveras
    4. 2B Nick Solak
    3. RHP Hans Crouse
     
  16. saddles

    saddles What Elephant? - Watch out for Team JD Pom Poms!

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    Man, I really need to see more of Jung before I put him as high as some of these lists are.
     
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    saddles What Elephant? - Watch out for Team JD Pom Poms!

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    Strengths
    Crouse's strength is his fastball, which sits in the mid-90's and is by far the best pitch in his arsenal. His command of his fastball is one of Crouse's calling cards, and is what projects him to be a big league starter in the future.

    Furthermore, his slider has shown promise as a second 'plus' pitch in his arsenal to mix in with his fastball. With Class-A Hickory, Crouse flashed a sub-3.00 ERA and a solid strikeout rate averaging .92 per inning in 2018. He has the ability to throw heat and baffle his competition. Crouse's command of his plus-fastball and slider will allow him to climb the professional ranks as far as his health will allow him.

    Scouts debate about Crouse's wild delivery that has a lot of moving parts, but he has shown the ability to repeat it and maintain control over his pitches.

    Weaknesses
    Crouse's biggest weakness is his changeup. With such an electric fastball, a plus-offspeed pitch would be a perfect complement, yet the top pitching prospect has not quite perfected his third pitch. His changeup has been serviceable in the lower levels of the Minors, but if Crouse were to truly fulfill his expectations, his changeup will need to improve.
     
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    As long as he gets regular ABs, I'm okay with it
     
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    saddles What Elephant? - Watch out for Team JD Pom Poms!

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    I think it would be great for him to work everyday at 2B in Nashville, but the Rangers most likely don't agree.
     
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    My only issue with it is this. Is Odor having to do well to keep his spot and if so is Solak the guy who replaces him? Now if Solak is that bad of a defensive player which is to be seen then who is that person? Or does it mean they are throwing us a smoke screen and Odor is the guy no matter what.