What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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David Nied. The kid put up sick numbers in the minors but then blew his arm out in the bigs. Like dub, I'm an old man at 40.
Am I crazy for liking Michael Schlact? He's not really a prospect, but I've actually seen him pitch as much or more than any other Rangers minor league pitcher.
Pudge was my first favorite Rangers prospect. For someone that young to do what he was doing amazed me. Had high hopes for Ruben Mateo. That worked out well. I was all over the Mark Prior bandwagon even before he finished college. Where the hell is he now?
When Witt, Correa, and Guzman all arrived at the same time, saviors of the Ranger pitching staff. Also bought into the Mateo hype.
Was excited only a little for Pudge just because he was so young, great defense no stick. They got that wrong too. So until they get to the show not buying the hype.
Ruben Mateo for someone in past. Still remember the gasp when he blew up his leg. Lately its Derek Holand.
Laynce Nix was 5-tool drool for me.
No question about it, Edinson Volquez and John Danks
The first prospect I followed/rooted for was "Pudge" ..thought.Ruben Mateo and Tatis were going to be the real deal...and the latest prospect I was rooting for was Justin Smoak.
Juan Dominguez! and I have no idea why?
I remember when JuanDom fanned 10 at Yankee Stadium and it was a really huge deal because, well, Rangers starting pitchers just didn't DO that.
Incidentally, only three Rangers starters posted 10-strikeout games during a six-season span from 2000-2005 -- Esteban Loaiza on 04/16/2000 (only a few months before his world got rocked when the nanny he knocked up told his wife that she was carrying his child), Colby Lewis on 08/15/2003, and Dominguez on 08/13/2005.
I think my new favorite prospect is Mike Olt.
I thought Jose Cruz, Jr would be punching his HoF ticket right about now. Also couldn't get enough of Lance Berkman. 1-for-2 ain't bad.
My current enfatuation is Robbie Ross, who I have as my #3 prospect in the system right now, just behind Perez and Scheppers. I just have all kinds of belief in this kid, and can't wait to see him hit Frisco next year.
David Clyde! It is not even close.
David Clyde. Yes! Where would the Rangers be without him? Seriously.
Toby Harrah, Ron Darling, Jim Sundberg, Dave Hostetler, Billy Sample, Michael Young, Ruben Sierra, Sammy Sosa, Pat Putnam, Steve Comer, Hank Blalock. Pudge came so quick he was in the majors before you could blink. Really pulling for Blake Beavan, Chris Davis, but just about anyone wearing a Ranger uniform. Tommy Hunter because everyone wanted to bury him when he struggled at first. Wish I could say they were favorites, but can't: Kevin Brown and Kenny Rogers.
Ron Kittle, Gregg Jefferies, Dave Magadan (aren't all NY prospects overhyped?), Ruben Mateo.
Sidd Finch, a classic.
pete incaviglia was my first prospect i rooted for. When he hit the line drive through the fence i was hooked.
I had an unhealthy obsession with Neftali Feliz since the Teixeira trade.
I've recently started to like the 1B prospect we picked up in the Salty trade, Chris McGuiness. He knows how to take a walk and has a decent bat. He's got some holes in his swing, but there's something there.
I love(d) Mark Prior. I sort of fell out of baseball for a while from 1994 until about 2001 (Dad stopped watching because of the strike, and so I followed suit until college) and remembered seeing a young kid actually PITCH rather than throw the ball. Still root for him, hoping he makes it back next year.
Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker
Odibee McDowell, Ruben Sierra, Pete Incaviglia
I started following prospects in 2006 but I always liked young guys in the bigs so My favorite was Hanley Ramirez, I saw him play in the DWL with my team Licey and I was in love.
As for prospects since I've started following MILB I guess my favorite would be Jason Heyward, always liked his swing. Others that I always follow Oscar Tejeda(red sox), Engel Beltre, Wilmer Flores(mets) and now Jurickson Profar. I have a soft spot for 16/17 y/o making their US debuts and doing well.
Joe Lovitto was my favorite player in 1972. He came over to the right field foul line a few hours before a game and spoke to me, signed a ball, and was a very down to earth guy. He could run like the wind, but his career was cut short by injuries. RIP Joe.
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