Notes in A Minor
* While people are passing out Minor League contracts, Juan Gonzalez is still out there. Jesse Sanchez reports that he is going to play for Puerto Rico in the Caribbean World Series.
* Chris Davis was at Class A Spokane last year. German Duran was at Class A Bakersfield. Both are at the Rangers mini-camp this week. Both received as much individual instruction on their defense from manager Ron Washington as did Hank Blalock. Maybe more.
* The Rangers have stockpiled candidates for their fifth starter spot at the Major League level, which may make it tougher for some of their Minor League prospects to move up right away. Looks like the Double A rotation at Frisco will likely start out with Eric Hurley, Paul Kometani, Daniel Haigwood and Doug Mathis.
* New Frisco manager Dave Anderson? He was on deck with two outs and nobody on, bottom of the ninth inning, Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was supposed to pinch-hit for the pitcher. When the batter walked, Tommy Lasorda called him back and sent up Kirk Gibson.
* The Rangers don’t appear inclined to push John Mayberry Jr. and he’ll likely start the season at Class A Bakersfield. Maybe a big spring will change that. John Whittleman will likely repeat at Class A Clinton.
* Oops. It’s nice that our Minor League people keep writing about what a great winter that left-handed pitcher Derek Lee is having in the Dominican Republic. But he is no longer in the Rangers organization.
* Rangers officials are quietly talking about Luis Mendoza, a 23-year-old right-hander picked up from the Red Sox organization during last season. He was 2-4 with a 7.75 ERA in seven starts at Frisco but is 4-2 with a 3.85 ERA in the Mexican League this winter. He could be a guy to watch this summer.
* Class A Bakersfield hitting coach Brant Brown, who played in 424 games and had 1,056 at-bats in the Major Leagues, was operating Bakersfield Swing, an indoor batting cage before the Rangers hired him.