The Texas Rangers have 11 starting pitchers on their 40 man roster who have big league experience. They also have 2 non roster invitees who have starting experience. There is also a group of young starting pitchers who have never made to the big leagues that are in camp. The competition for the rotation could be an interesting one to watch. There are really only two who have their spot locked down, Kyle Gibson and Kohei Arihara with Mike Foltynewicz likely winning a spot. The rest are competing for a spot, with no guarantees that there is one available.

The Rangers have not actually decided just how they will go at it this year. With a shortened 2020 season and only Arihara pitching over 100 innings, they may decide to get creative. After all they can’t expect 200 innings from anyone, nor should they. They have talked of possibly a 6 man rotation or the whole “opener’ route at the end of the rotation. While they are creative ideas, they could leave a hole in the bullpen for the one inning specialist. There is also talk of starting off Joe Palumbo in the  bullpen to ramp him back up from his ulcerative colitis flare up from last year. Predicting the final outcome is near impossible without anyone pitching in spring yet. But that’s a challenge I love to take on and fail miserably at. But first we have to look at the candidates.

Here is the list

40 MAN ROSTER CANDIDATES (in alphabetical order)

Kolby Allard, LHP

Kohei Arihara, RHP

Wes Benjamin, LHP

Brock Burke, LHP

Kyle Cody, RHP

Dane Dunning, RHP

Mike Foltynewicz, RHP

Kyle Gibson, RHP

Taylor Hearn, LHP

Jordan Lyles, RHP

Joe Palumbo, LHP

NON ROSTER INVITEES

Luis Ortiz, RHP

Hyeon-Jong Yang, LHP

STARTING PITCHING PROSPECTS (* for those on 40 man roster)

A.J. Alexy, RHP *

Tyler Phillips, RHP *

Yerry Rodriguez, RHP *

Jason Bahr, RHP

Hans Crouse, RHP

Jake Latz, LHP

Cole Winn, RHP

PREDICTIONS

Starting Rotation: Kyle Gibson, Kohei Arihara, Mike Foltynewicz, Dane Dunning, Kyle Cody

Openers/Bullpen: Jordan Lyles, Taylor Hearn, Joe Palumbo, Kolby Allard, Hyeon-Jong Yang

Round Rock Rotation: Wes Benjamin, Tyler Phillips, Luis Ortiz, Jason Bahr, Brock Burke

Frisco Rotation: A.J. Alexy , Cole Winn, Yerry Rodriguez, Jake Latz, Hans Crouse

There will have to be some DFA’s or trades to make room for Yang. Not ready to make those predictions yet.

Nerd Out!

Features Image: WEAU.COM (Kyle Cody)

 

 

 

 

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