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The Rangers just gave up to much offensive punch after the end of 2012 to compete this year. They did well having as many wins this year at mid-June. Unless some outfield solid bats miraculously appear by the All Star break, an 85-77 season is their best scenario. The rest of the league is rapidly learning, get around Beltre and you can beat the Rangers. Berkman and Murphy contribute little. Berkman has just gotten to old, and Murphy has been over exposed, and is not a starting outfielder, though may be a decent 4th outfielder. The Rangers have a shortstop that has power numbers that can near exactly match Mario Mendoza's numbers when he was a Ranger in 1980, 1981. Is the Elvis Line going to be the next measuring stick for incompetent batting numbers.He has 14 homers in 2556 at bats. That is simply numbers that would bench a batter in the starting line up. There are, however, a plethora of players, some with really ugly numbers [Gallo and Brinson K rate of 40 + %], but as a whole is the Rangers future. Alfaro, Guzman and Williams are beginning to look like fast comers. Brinson and Gallo with a great deal of top MLB batting coach attention could improve on contact, current rates will simply not cut it. Ryan Rua is beginning to be noticed. Combining Gallo and Rua current combined power numbers produces 44 homers with 104 rbis in 481 at bats. Compared to the next team power in the SALLY, Asheville [56 hr as a team] , add in Brinson's and the three match that number. Keep in mind that the SALLY is not known for batting, 11 of the 14 teams are under .260, many way under including the Crawdads. If the long ball is your interest, Hickory can be viewed on MiLB.TV at incredibly low rates, even by the Month. Another comparison is that if Gallo's and Rua's numbers are removed, the Crawdads would still lead their league by a good margin. So if the Rangers are beginning to look tiring to you, and knowing that for this season being a high scoring team is a thing of the past, follow the Crawdads.
Please go set yourself on fire and save me the trouble.
It's entirely reasonable to give up on June 16th. Good call.
I just can't wait to watch Gallo strike out 300 times in ONE year. But we do know this-they will all still be Rangers because we are damn sure not gonna trade them.
At least the Angels fans have "something" to cheer about now?
You don't bench a plus defensive shortstop because of his batting average. You don't put him in the lead off spot either, but thank goodness Kinsler is back. All the Rangers have to do is make the playoffs, then they have as good a chance to win the WS as all the other teams in it, as long as they take the Division. WC is bad news bears.
All the Rangers have to do is make the playoffs,...
You make it sound like that's an easy feat. As it stands, Oakland is a much, much better team than the Rangers and the Rangers are already 2 games back and falling quickly. Even when players start to come back off the DL, I just don't see this current team winning the division. In fact, if they don't start playing much better, they will have absolutely no chance for even a wild card spot.
In any case, Jon Daniels has already hinted that if they don't start playing better, the Rangers might be sellers rather than buyers at the trade deadline.
Jon Daniels has never HINTED any such thing.
*forgot to add, listen to the podcast.
You are misrepresenting what he said.
You make it sound like that's an easy feat.
I'm sorry you interpreted it that way. All ANY team has to do is win their division and they have an even chance to make it to WS. What's with all the scrubs in this bitch?
East: Homework ??
"I just can't wait to watch Gallo strike out 300 times in ONE year."
If Gallo hits 50 HRs and walks 100 times, I wouldn't care if he struck out 300 times. Would you?
I'm not misrepresenting what he said. That's just my honest interpretation of what he said. He pretty much straight up said that the Rangers may not be in the position to be buyers at the deadline. So with a few contracts expiring at the end of the season, such as Cruz and Murphy who won't be coming back, it doesn't make sense to make no moves at all unless there is a belief that there is a shot at making the playoffs with the team once people start coming back from injuries but that possibility is starting to look very grim.
I would not say it is looking grim as far as the post season. Honestly with Soria coming back soon that should help solve the BP problems as Ross would pitch the 6th, Soria the 7th, Scheppers the 8th, and Nathan closes the door. Then if Nathan is hurt Soria is the back up or at least moves to set up Scheppers. Harry should be back by August which will replace Lindblom or Gimm and Lewis should be back before August to replace the other. Never mind tha tOgando will be back sooner than later too. As far as offense goes, who knows what we will end up with. But these guys will break out of their slump sooner than later and we will be fine. i don't know if we can put together a run good enough to compare with our early season success but we should be competing at a higher rate than now. I do not see JD blowing up the roster at the trade deadline nor selling unless he gets an amazing offer or two. I can see Stanton in a Ranger uniform if we are willing to talk on Profar or Olt/Perez/Grimm/other prospects.
I have read numerous opinions on Lee being brought back which I don't see happening. I also read alot about Price, which I don't see happening either. Gordon from KC maybe or Gonzalez from MIL maybe but I am not sure how much either of those will help. Maybe a package of Gentry plus prospects will help.
Not being buyers doesn't mean you are a seller. Stop misrepresenting what he said. You'll have half the idiots on here in a panic.
If JD wants to stick to his over all strategy, and that being not just a solid, winning, team on the short term but over a very long time over as many seasons as possible, then this July it would be wise to be sellers not buyers. Teams with high expectations over pay on vets with big track records. The Rangers have Berkman, Cruz, Murphy, Pierzynski, Soto to offer at bats and Frasor, Nathan and possibly a starter like Holland or Ogando. And if going for the top prospect, one of Beltre or Andrus or Kinsler. Do not fret, JD has done poorly when it comes to trades, and often way over pays with the other 29 knowing that, and will not be a seller. Track record show he will be a buyer that way over pays for the quick [ and usually totally unsuccessful] fix. Do not worry JD about 300 ks by Gallo, and if you read my post, Gallo will never make it to the Majors without an advancement in contact, and before he reaches AA. On a statistical average an increase of 7% rate going from low minors to the majors for a typical player is the norm, that would put Brinson and Gallo at 50% rate. Simply unacceptable. A change in strategy is visible when looking at the Rangers 2013 Rule 4 choices. No high upside/ high failure selections. A #1 with a rating of likely major league pitcher at a #3 slot = ultra conservative. That #1 is currently at Spokane and had a very mediocre opening start.
Lee I really do not see this team selling at the deadline. As far as Gallo or Brinson making the bigs, I think we all agree that you are at least a couple of years away for that. Scouting a player in Low A or even Rookie ball and sayign he strikes out way too much or got blown up in his first professional game therefore is a failure waiting to happen in MLB is shortsighted at beest. Using your logic, Nolan Ryan himself would never have made the bigs! As far as striking out too much let's discuss Russell Branyan, Adma Dunn, or the beloved Pete Incavilgia those are jsut three names that come to mind first. I am sure there are many others. I am not saying Gallo or Brinson or Gonzalez or even Sardinas and Odor will make the majors. The odds are definitely against them. But you can't sit in your lazyboy and look at soem stats then say they are doomed to fail. In fact (as a resident of North Carolina) everyone who has seen the Hickory team play here in NC, all seem to agree that team is stacked!!
Yeah that Texierra trade sucked.
Chuck, I am not saying do not pay attention to Hickory, just the opposite. And I would also agree that it would be a lot of good entertainment to see Brinson and Gallo in the majors in 2016 with progression 2014 Myrtle Beach, 2015 Frisco [ which is quite ambitious]. But if you want to have a winning team, defining that at .555 ball [90-72] a team simply can not play players and have solid success on the batting side with K rates above 40%. Ryan is a very poor example, his arm was measurable and go and look up his record again, you will see at a very early age had high success, even knowing that pitchers evolve through their career. Batters do too, but contact is the hardest thing to learn or teach. So the real question is, what kind of Rangers do you want the Rangers to be; a fun team too watch which as a team you can go already back to Washington, but not but for a few rare instances rarely a high success. By accident or design, JD and especially the rest of the organization has developed a successful organization. A small example is that all their 4 main minor league teams are either in first or second, with the exception of Hickory, with few real high upside talent. Oddily, pitching is not a major concern on the Rangers, even with half a staff on IR. The teams problem, that is emerging as a crisis, is run production side. The biggest concern is lack of punch from the outfielders, short stop, and dh. Can this change with what they have now, possibly but highly, highly, unlikely Out of 4 positions the Rangers have what, 11 homers and an associating run production. If Ranger die hard fans, and I count myself it that number, can not see this then they are in a dream state. The record they have now is in its own right a minor miracle, and really reflects a collection of quality arms, especially in the starting staff.
By accident or design, JD and especially the rest of the organization has developed a successful organization. A small example is that all their 4 main minor league teams are either in first or second, with the exception of Hickory, with few real high upside talent.
This was no accident, and Jon Daniels should not be selling at the deadline. "The rest of the organization," whom you give more credit to than Daniels, apparently, have been following the lead of the GM.
It's a fool's game to try judging prospects when they are 18 and 19 years old. Well, not to judge them, but instead to judge them definitively, as if who they are now is who they will always be, with no room to improve. That's just not the way it works.
Here are Chris Davis' triple slash lines from 2006-2010 in the Minor Leagues:
2006 -- .277/.343/.5342007 -- .298/.340/.5732008 -- .333/.402/.6852009 -- .327/.418/.5212010 -- .327/.383/.520
Yet, Davis couldn't hit a lick with the Rangers from 2009-2011, which of course was after his brilliant 2008 rookie sample. The correlation just isn't there.
Fans who blindly assume prospect failure at age-18 are the same ones who think this team is doomed because they are 3.0 games back in the West. Allow the development to occur; it's not like driving through the fast-food line at McDonalds;
things take time.
Bring Gallo up. I've got 251 in a pool for his Ks.
Gallo will make it to the majors, however do not be surprised if it is by a Matt West circularity route. To cut to the short, a failed third baseman that has such a good arm that he is converted to a closer. Gallo could hit 98+ with a moving fastball in high school. So if you do not see him making it as corner infielder do not discount him making it on the mound. Eric your weighted perspectives are always of strong interest, but stop quoting others. It is unnecessary, a waste of space, and demonstrates arrogance on your part. But if that is part of your personality, you have my condolences.
I've got a $100 that Gallo being a pitcher in the MLs will never happen. Anybody who would post that is an IDIOT.
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