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With September a few days away, rosters will expand from 25 available players to 40 available players, with most of the roster activity surrounding minor league prospects.
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- Yohander Mendez, P: Mendez (10-2, 2.38 ERA, 94.2 IP and 107 K’s), has been the organization’s most consistent starting pitcher which has led to his rise through Texas’ minor league system, primarily at Hickory and Double A Frisco. I see Mendez being used as a situational left-handed relief pitcher in the short term while he develops as a starter in the minors.
- Ronald Guzman, 1B: Guzman, has spent most of the season at Double A Frisco and was recently promoted to Triple A Round Round Rock (.281 batting average, 16 HR, 60 runs batted in and 16 2B). Although he has a high batting average to crack the major league roster either as a regular or a part-time player , he must cut down on his strikeout and sincrease his walk totalsbefore he sees a major league field.
- Ryan Cordell has had a productive a productive season at Double A Frisco (.264 batting average, 19 HR, 70 runs batted in and 22 2B) while playing in the infield and the outfield and that is where I see him aiding the big league club with a call up. While the Rangers have a crowded outfield and infield, Cordell could serve as a back up first basemen and a fourth outfielder for Jeff Banister with the news of Shin-Soo Choo’s injury news as well as the announcement that designated hitter/first baseman Prince Fielder made earlier in the week regarding his career.
- Connor Sadzeck has been solid at Double A Frisco as a starter (9-6, 4.17 ERA 110 K’S and 48 walks) during the 2016 minor league season. If he is promoted from the minors Sadzeck has the pitch repertoire of a future major league reliever. As a September call up in 2016 season, Sadzeck could aid a Ranger bullpen which has been taxed for much of the 2016 season after the unit was heralded in Spring Training.
- Jose Leclerc made his major league debut earlier this year and was used as a reliever during his initial three game stay in Arlington. In that short time fans saw Leclerc use a fastball which reached speeds of 92 to 95 miles per hour and allowed him to get batters to chase pitches outside the strike zone. However, the 22-year-old right-hander struggled with his command at times (eight walks in 5.2 IP). Going forward, for Leclerc to become a regular bullpen piece he must cut down on his walks and pile up his strike out totals.
- Joey Gallo: Although Gallo is noted for his power potential, what is alarming is that he has yet to develop much of any eye at the plate. This has led to the media drawing comparisons to Baltimore’s Chris Davis, the former Ranger prospect which has blossomed during his five plus seasons with the Orioles after debuting with Texas in 2008. For the team’s number 2 prospect to receive a September promotion he must show an improvement in his walk to strikeout rate.
- Victor Payano: a-left handed starting pitching prospect at Triple A Rounded Rock with a strike out rate of almost 2-to-1, is a possible call up if he allows fewer home runs and can lower his batting average against. He could be a fit as a left-handed specialist as the big league club makes it push for a postseason berth in October.