Rangers take Eric Jenkins, high school outfielder with great speed. True center fielder with some power
Rangers have taken Dillon Tate, RHP from UC Santa Barbara… Michael Young’s school.
Dillon Tate was 8-5 with a 2.26 ERA, 111 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched.
He could be a better fit in the bullpen than in the rotation.
Neftali Feliz begins a medical rehab assignment for Triple A Round Rock on Saturday night. It could be an extended stay. Feliz was placed on the disabled list with an abscess and the problem has subsided. But the Rangers want Feliz to have multiple outings and get back to peak performance. The Rangers have made some adjustments in Feliz’s setup and delivery and they want him to work on that.
Originally posted on Our Game:
George Wright (1847-1937), the first hero of the professional era in baseball, presented this little essay in person at the Columbia Historical Society in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 1919. It was published by the Society in the following year. Much of what Wright relates predates his earliest experience of playing the game, at age 14 in 1861, and is a bit of an undigested hash. But baseball was surely discussed in his household when he was a tyke, for his brother Harry had joined the Knickerbocker Baseball Club in 1857, and his father, Sam, had been the professional of the St. George’s Cricket Club before that, and must have been present for early baseball matches. Some material may also reflect the received wisdom of Henry Chadwick and Albert Spalding, especially as gleaned from the latter’s America’s National Game (1911). Caveats aside, this is an interesting recollection…
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Video from Josh Hamilton’s press conference before his first game back in Arlington:
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.