Monday Morning Manager…35 players

 

Sorry, don’t do schoolboy grades. Mine were bad enough. Feel free to add your own

Starters

Kevin Millwood – Manager has already said he is the Opening Day pitcher in 2010
Scott Feldman – What an amazing season.
Derek Holland – This kid is going to be fine. Can’t wait for his next start.
Tommy Hunter – Tommy, meet Nolan Ryan, the resident conditioning fanatic.
Brandon McCarthy – The Big Tease. He has talent but at what point do the Rangers say uncle?
Matt Harrison – He was pretty good before he got hurt
Neftali Feliz – The Rangers will try him in the rotation. Bet he makes it
Dustin Nippert – His numbers will work every year
Guillermo Moscoso – Should be Opening Day pitcher at Oklahoma City

Relievers

Frank Francisco – Needs warning label: handle with care.
C.J. Wilson – Most Valuable Reliever
Darren O’Day – Transaction of the Year
Jason Grilli – Wasn’t the same after he got hurt
Doug Mathis – Can he fill middle relief role?
Eddie Guardado – No finer person in baseball
Pedro Strop – Needs more time. Just not ready
Willie Eyre – Taking long road back from injuries

Catchers

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Should still be No. 1 on depth chart
Ivan Rodriguez – Would you give him $4 million for two years?
Taylor Teagarden – Should have been in Triple A
Kevin Richardson – He is from Seattle area. He should have started one game this weekend.

Infielders

Chris Davis – Only one other player is a bigger key for Rangers in 2010.
Ian Kinsler – Absolutely nothing wrong with 101 runs and 86 RBI.
Elvis Andrus – He lived up to it all
Michael Young – Turns out he can still hit…and play third.
Omar Vizquel – He has one definite vote for the Hall of Fame.
Esteban German – A nice fifth player if the Rangers had the room
Hank Blalock – Hank’s Homies bid you adieu. It was fun while it lasted.

Outfielders

Josh Hamilton – Obviously the biggest key for the Rangers in 2010
David Murphy – Forget Rusty Greer all right? Anybody think he can be Paul O’Neill?
Julio Borbon – Definitely the kind of player the Rangers desperately need
Nelson Cruz – He is a good player. Can he be a great one or is this enough?
Marlon Byrd – Loved watching him tell the rookies to turn off the football game on Sunday and turn on baseball.
Andruw Jones – Next.
Craig Gentry – Off to Triple A to bide his time.

17 Comments

I dont think Byrd should be back. He has already had knee surgery and now the hip. He is 32 years old and has these hip and knee problems. I think he did a great job for us this year but was not as good offensively as 2007 and 2008. I would not give a player this age with these problems a long term contract. Also I think Pudge needs to retire he is not as good as he was and the manager will play him too much. Also he calls a very bad game and always did and I think this really hurts the young pitchers. If you check the stats you will see that when he started playing the ERAs went up.

Thank you, txmemaw, for pointing out something no one around here ever wants to talk about. When Pudge catches, the pitchers get worse. That was something everyone could, correctly, tolerate when he was one of the best hitters in baseball, but those days are long gone. Let him go, or Washington will end up playing him six days a week.

TR….Great list. I can hardly find anything to disagree with. I do think BByrd should be back…especially in the last half of the season he was awesome. And people….don’t you hate it when a manager plays a player “too much”…after all what does he know? duh?

I hate to sound like a Cubs fan but “wait until next year.” I wonder who we’ll pick up to replace Hank and Andruw? Millwood should not be opening day starter!

Tommy could probably use some conditioning to improve stamina. His ERA went from 2.95 prior to September to over 6 for the last month, but then again how many 22 year olds do you see going over 190 innings these days? He’s gonna be a horse.

Holland’s WHIP and his BB and K numbers all compare favorably to John Dank’s rookie season at 22 years old. With some invaluable big league experience under his belt, his stuff, his work ethic and Mike Maddux on his side, I can’t wait to see how he’ll do next season.

I still like Matt Harrison’s potential. It was a shame to see his progress derailed, but at least it wasn’t a joint injury.

Elvis is the new Pudge. The front office has 4-5 years to plan for his first long term extension. Unless there’s an unforseen health issue, he should be here for 12+ years. Watching him mature is going to be a lot of fun.

Agree with everything TR wrote – would only add that there is no stathead argument that can convince me that the Rangers should keep Nelson Cruz and not re-sign Marlon Byrd. AND… this is a franchise that lacks any kind of real sense of history – letting Pudge walk away again only reinfornces the series of mistakes that write the story of the Texas Rangers – epecially since neither of the 2 young catchers (Salty and Teagarden) had an outstanding season – at this point he wouldn’t be taking away playing time from anyone who was make a big contribution.

You know if Tom Hicks hadn’t sold the Rangers future in the AL Cental (which is what the Scheiffer-Rose-Bush ownership wanted) for 6 games with Houston every year – the Rangers would be in the playoffs this year since they finished with a better record that both Detroit and Minnesota (sigh)

Thanks Rangers – this was a fun year – I have a feeling the future so’s bright – we gotta wear shades.

And thanks to TR for another season of excellent blogging and great baseball coverage and insights.

ya know, the rangers only have 8 pitchers with an ERA under 4.00… guess which one is a dedicated starter…. that’s right Millwood. There is no reason why Millwood should not start 2010 opening day.

Well gee golly gammaraze…nice to know you can read ERA’s…but can you read won and lost records too! Feldman is the number one and deserves to start. Last I heard it was more important to win a game than to hold them for a fraction of a run less over the whole season.

Wins and losses are determined a great deal by the opposing pitcher, run support and bullpen work. Each guy’s ERA in their no-decisions is pretty telling (2.82 Millwood and 4.57 for Feldman) as to competition/run support and how it’s effect on won/loss record. Just look at Millwood’s first 7 starts: ERA under 3, over 7 innings, on average and only a 3-3 record. You’re not going to win as many games out of the #1 spot as you are when you’re matched up against mid-rotation guys.

“Elvis Andrus will get to more balls and have more errors but the defense and pitching staff will be improved.” “Feldman could win 20 games if he starts.” Well Nostra is right again. Hey, let Byrd and his 32 year old body go. Afterall, it is all about those high valued draft picks or so they say. Here is hoping Greenberg, Nolan’s buddy gets the team. At this point, the Rangers have turned the corner, took the next step. Now is the time to be even more patient. Go out there and get Sheets if he is healthy. A right handed power bat is mandatory. Is Milton available for 1/2 the price? We really missed his bat this year. He seems to behave for Washington. Why hasn’t Smoaks’ name been mentioned? I personally would like to see Michael Young dealt for some players. We could then move Davis to third and put Smoak at first. I would like to see Borbon or Murphy in CF with the other playing left field. Hamilton could DH and play RF. Both he and Cruz could flip flop. I would not be surprised to see Young headed to another team…….I like Young but he is eating up too much of the team budget. Anyone else watching those former Texas Rangers A-Rod and Texiera tearing it up on National TV. Damn those guys for wanting to play for the Yankees…..

I am glad to see someone post that Murphy should be in centerfield. He was drafted as a centerfielder and played there several times last year with a lot of success. If you look back in last years videos he had some great catches there. Also he does have a good arm. Marlon Byrd only looks like he makes great catches because he takes the wrong route to them. The same catches if Murph or Hamilton was making them would look easy. If Byrd comes back he will play every day as he is RW very favorite player.

I am glad to see someone post that Murphy should be in centerfield. He was drafted as a centerfielder and played there several times last year with a lot of success. If you look back in last years videos he had some great catches there. Also he does have a good arm. Marlon Byrd only looks like he makes great catches because he takes the wrong route to them. The same catches if Murph or Hamilton was making them would look easy. If Byrd comes back he will play every day as he is RW very favorite player.

I am glad to see someone post that Murphy should be in centerfield. He was drafted as a centerfielder and played there several times last year with a lot of success. If you look back in last years videos he had some great catches there. Also he does have a good arm. Marlon Byrd only looks like he makes great catches because he takes the wrong route to them. The same catches if Murph or Hamilton was making them would look easy. If Byrd comes back he will play every day as he is RW very favorite player.

I am glad to see someone post that Murphy should be in centerfield. He was drafted as a centerfielder and played there several times last year with a lot of success. If you look back in last years videos he had some great catches there. Also he does have a good arm. Marlon Byrd only looks like he makes great catches because he takes the wrong route to them. The same catches if Murph or Hamilton was making them would look easy. If Byrd comes back he will play every day as he is RW very favorite player.

First of all, I just want to say that this was a great year for the Rangers despite the fact that they fell short of the playoffs. They took a great step in the right direction and should be EXPECTED to seriously challenge for the division next season, rather than merely hoping to contend.

In my opinion Marlon Byrd needs to be back next year at least for his leadership in the clubhouse as well as his production to go along with the fact that there’s always the risk of Josh getting hurt again. I also saw a comment about trading Michael Young? Awful idea. They’d be taking away the heart of the team and upsetting the entire Rangers’ fan base. The Rangers don’t need prospects. #1 farm system in baseball, remember?

Personally I’m still trying to decide whether I’d rather see Feliz in the bullpen or the rotation simply because there seems to be more major league ready arms that fit the rotation than the bullpen.

Keys for next year will be: a healthy Josh Hamilton, better plate discipline from just about everyone, continued growth and improvement of the young starters, and Chris Davis hitting like he did after he was re-promoted.

dwid, you make an interesting point about moving Young for prospects and having Davis play 3rd and bring Smoak for first base, but doubt it will happen. The Rangers shopped Young before the season after he balked at moving to 3rd and there were zero bites. After Andrus the most tradeable infielder is Kinsler. He does not like Texas and he’ll be leaving as a free agent in three years so why not trade him now after his 30-30 season. Keep German and develop/trade for a 2b guy with range. Together with Elvis nothing scoots through the infield, pitcher’s era’s benefit.

Moving Davis permanently to third won’t happen because the infield defense is finally an asset and nobody in their right mind would want to take a massive step backward in that deparment. Michael Young = very good third baseman. Chris Davis = poor third baseman. Murphy is a decent corner outfielder. He’s not a center fielder unless of course you want to just stick him out there, at the expense of sound defense in order to keep his mediocre stick in the line up.

I love your grades! The biggest grade goes to JD for his screw up on John Danks and that would be a F because he has NO clue. I would love for someone to explain to me why JD had to make that trade when we were NOT going to win, when was it, last year and he knew it? This tells me this guy doesn’t understand baseball and he is dead weight! Use his salary to get some more QUALITY players!

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