Gentry being called up by Rangers

Add Double Frisco center fielder Craig Gentry to the list of names being called up by the Rangers for September.

Gentry, 25, hit .303 with 100 runs scored, eight home runs and 53 RBI for the Roughriders. He also stole 49 bases and had a .378 on-base percentage. He gives the Rangers an extra right-handed bat and some speed off the bench.

Gentry was a 10th round pick out of the University of Arkansas.

The Rangers are also expected to call up pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Warner Madrigal, catcher Kevin Richardson and infielder Esteban German. Pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Eddie Guardado will be activated off the disabled list. Willie Eyre will likely be added later but he was optioned to Triple A Oklahoma City last week and has to wait ten days before he can be called up again.

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You guys are going to love this kid. He has great baseball intelligence and plays hard. He hits and fields well and can really burn up the base paths. As a former Razorback I’m biased of course, but I think he can be a very good major league bench player.

Those are some pretty impressive stats. They certainly show off his speed. Will that eventually move the outfielders around if he makes a splash?

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

T.R., please enlighten me and many others on this forum why the Rangers are so insistent that Warner Madrigal get so many chances? From what I have heard the kid Murray was a much better option. Is there something I don’t know about Madrigal other than he has never thrown a strike in his major league career? Seems like.

I’m not TR, but the reason Madrigal gets so many chances (45 innings is a lot of chances?) is that he’s a 25 year old with a mid 90’s fastball and a good breaking pitch. To compare him to Murray, Madrigal is on the 40 man roster. Murray is not. Their lifetime minor league ERAs Murray: 3.40. Madrigal: 2.56. WHIPs, Murray: 1.31. Madrigal: 1.15. KK/BB ratio Murray: 2.52. Madrigal: 3.38. Madrigal is superior in every category despite being a pro pitcher for only 3 years and being 2 years younger than Murray. Murray was in line for a call-up early on, but then posted a 5.58 ERA in July and followed that up with a 7.20 in August. In Madrigal’s final 30 games out of the pen last season he put up a 3.28 ERA and held opponents to a .237 avg. The potential is there, so he’ll get chances this season and next because he has an option left for next season. At age 25 Francisco Cordero put up a 5.35 ERA in the big leagues. He kept getting chances and turned out OK.

Nice Corderro referance, Hefe

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