Rangers DFA Peguero
The Rangers experiment with Carlos Peguero has come to an end, at least for now. The Rangers have designated Peguero for assignment to make room for pitcher Phil Klein, who was called up on Wednesday to start against the Red Sox.
The move opens the way for Josh Hamilton to take over in left field as early as Monday in Cleveland. Hamilton was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run for Double A Frisco on Wednesday. Hamilton is expected to play Thursday through Saturday at Triple A Round Rock and then be activated off the disabled list on Monday when the Rangers open a three-game series against the Indians.
Peguero was signed by the Rangers as a Minor League free agent in the off-season. He came with a reputation for having tremendous power and a high strikeout rate. He impressed the Rangers in Spring Training by showing significant improvement in his patience and ability to use all the fields.
But he could not consistently duplicate that success at the Major League level after being called up on April 11. He is hitting .186 with a .310 on-base percentage and a .414 slugging percentage in 30 games and 84 plate appearances. He had four home runs and nine RBI. He also had 36 strikeouts in 70 at-bats.
He had a briefly flurry of success in three games in Houston back on May 5-7, going 5-for-11 with three home runs. But he is 2-for-24 with 14 strikeouts since then. His last home run was on May 9 at Tampa Bay.
In his career, Peguero has averaged a strikeout for every 2.50 plate appearances. That is the worst rate for an American League player with a minimum of 300 plate appearances since the designated hitter was introduced in 1973.