Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Pitchers, catchers expected to report
By Richard Durrett
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The first wave of players that are due to report to spring training Wednesday (Feb. 16) for the Rangers are pitchers and catchers. Here's a look at that group:
Omar Beltre: After a year in U.S., Beltre put up a 2.65 ERA in 85 innings (some as starter, some as reliever), but gave up seven runs in seven big league innings. What will his command look like this spring?
Dave Bush*: Trying to rekindle the success he had under Mike Maddux in Milwaukee and compete for backend starter or long relief role.
Fabio Castillo: Pitched for Surprise in Arizona Fall League after moving up to Double-A Frisco at the end of 2010.
Miguel De Los Santos (LHP): Finished 2010 in Class A Hickory and was 2-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 12 games (6 starts) in 38 1/3 innings.
Cody Eppley*: Likely starts season in Triple-A, but could see the majors in 2011 after getting taste of spring training.
Scott Feldman: How does he look after a disappointing 2010 and offseason knee surgery?
Neftali Feliz: He's stretched out to start and club will decide whether he stays the closer or goes into the rotation as camp progress (opening odds are he stays as closer...but we'll see).
Wilmer Font: Had Tommy John surgery.
Matt Harrison (LHP): Wants to show he can start again after finishing 2010 in the bullpen.
Derek Holland (LHP): Is he ready to claim one of the five starting spots?
Tommy Hunter: Got off to fast start in 2010 before cooling off. He's motivated to show he can pitch at a high level throughout the season.
Eric Hurley: Scouts have raved about how he's looked in limited innings since surgery. He's a darkhorse this spring.
Zach Jackson (LHP)*: Was in the Toronto organization last year; pitched in the majors some for Milwaukee when Mike Maddux was pitching coach.
Michael Kirkman (LHP): A candidate for a rotation spot this spring, he finished 2010 in the bullpen in the big leagues and was impressive.
Colby Lewis: Coming off solid postseason (he beat the Yankees twice in the ALCS), he's the No. 2 starter in the rotation.
Mark Lowe: Traded to Texas as part of the Cliff Lee trade, the hard thrower is healthy and ready to earn a late-inning relief job.
Seth McClung*: Hasn't appeared in big league game since 2009 after the Marlins let him go in spring training last year.
Darren O'Day: The sidearmer has a deceptive delivery and was a mainstay in the Rangers pen in 2010.
Alexi Ogando: He showed a fastball with life in 2010 and has some secondary stuff. He'll stretch out as a starter, but likely ends up in the pen.
Darren Oliver (LHP): The veteran is a leader among the pitching staff and a workhorse.
Zach Phillips (LHP): He threw 50 1/3 innings at Triple-A last year and sported a 3.22 ERA.
Arthur Rhodes (LHP): Another veteran that Ron Washington can use to get left-handed hitters out.
Tanner Scheppers*: Struggled at times in Triple-A last year, but has tremendous stuff. Can he push for a job this spring?
Pedro Strop: Appeared in 15 games with the Rangers in 2010 and allowed 12 runs in 10 2/3 innings and walked 11 and struck out 11. He did put up good numbers in Triple-A.
Yoshinori Tateyama: The 35-year-old sidearmer has been in Surprise for a few weeks now and right-handers hit .186 against him in Japan last year.
Mason Tobin: Rule-5 pickup that, should he make the bullpen, would have to remain on the 25-man roster for 2011 or be offered back to the Angels.
Ryan Tucker*: Picked up off waivers from Florida after Game 1 of the ALDS when Rich Harden was DFA'd.
Brandon Webb: If he can find his Cy Young stuff and stay healthy, could be a huge bargain.
C.J. Wilson (LHP): One year after starting spring as a reliever, he's the club's No. 1 starter after 15 wins in 2010.
Kevin Cash*: Played in 49 games for Boston and Houston in 2010 and has played in 246 career big league games.
Jose Felix*: A top prospect with huge upside who finished the season at Double-A Frisco last year.
Mike Napoli: Power bat off the bench more likely to play as 1B or DH against lefties.
Taylor Teagarden: He was No. 2 catcher last spring, now trying to prove himself again.
Yorvit Torrealba: Signed 2-year deal to be club's No. 1 catcher and must get to know a new staff.
Matt Treanor: A gritty, tough backstop that paired well with Wilson last year and is No. 2 catcher again this year.
* Non-roster invitees