Texas Rangers: Alexander Claudio

Report card: Grading the 2014 Rangers

October, 6, 2014
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The Texas Rangers went 67-95 in 2014, but they did at least finish on a high note by winning 13 of their last 16 games. With the season over, it's time to hand out report cards for each player. Feel free to visit the comments section and give your favorite Rangers a grade.

Without further ado:

Robinson Chirinos, C: He found a spot on the roster because of Geovany Soto's injury woes and started 88 games. Now, he's the projected Opening Day starter for 2015. GRADE: C

Prince Fielder, 1B: The Rangers' big offseason acquisition lasted just 42 games and 150 at-bats before he had neck surgery that sidelined him for the rest of the year. He had been a very durable player up until now, but is this beginning the of a decline? His RBI, home run and slugging numbers have dipped in each of the past five seasons. GRADE: INC

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezRougned Odor may have earned himself a permanent spot at second base in 2015.
Rougned Odor, 2B: Took over the second-base job and finished with a slash line of .259/.297/.402 in 114 games played. He showed some pop with nine homers in 386 at-bats, and, despite some growing pains on defense, he got better as the season progressed. GRADE: B

Elvis Andrus, SS: His overall numbers took a hit across the board. He scored 19 fewer runs than in the previous season and had five fewer hits, 26 fewer RBIs and 15 fewer stolen bases while hitting just .263 with two home runs. He hit into 21 double plays, tied for eighth most in the baseball. He did increase his doubles from 17 to 35. GRADE: C

Adrian Beltre, 3B: The team MVP led the Rangers in hits (178), batting average (.324), home runs (19) and runs batted in (77). He was forced to the carry the load on offense, but he could get some relief next season if Fielder can return to form. GRADE: A

Shin-Soo Choo, OF: He battled ankle and elbow injuries all season and said he probably should have taken more time off to heal the ankle. He hit .255 as the leadoff man and most will likely move down in the order in 2015. Choo could also shift from left field to right. GRADE: C

Leonys Martin, OF: Improved defensively in center field as the season moved along and is likely to be the leadoff man next season after logging 151 at-bats in the spot this year. His 31 stolen bases tied for ninth in MLB. GRADE: B

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Jerome Miron/USA TODAY SportsThe Rangers don't seem likely to pick up Alex Rios' option for next season.
Alex Rios, OF: Hit .224 in his last 66 games and battled ankle and thumb issues in the second half. The Rangers have a $13 million club option they are not likely to pick up. GRADE: D

Mitch Moreland, 1B/DH: He lasted only 52 games before left ankle surgery ended his season. In 2013, he had 23 home runs and 202 total bases. The Rangers need more of that in 2015 if Moreland can return healthy. GRADE: INC

Michael Choice, OF: A strong spring training didn't carry over into the regular season for Choice, who was demoted to Triple-A. He returned to the majors but didn't show much improvement. GRADE: D

J.P. Arencibia, C/1B: He was supposed to be the No. 2 catcher, but he hit just .177 and battled health issues and inconsistency. He had a hot stretch in the second half, during which he led the majors in homers and RBIs over a short period, but he is unlikely to be back. GRADE: D

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Jackson, Odor win minor league awards

January, 14, 2014
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Infielder Rougned Odor was named the Tom Grieve Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Luke Jackson was awarded the Nolan Ryan Pitcher of the Year as the duo headlined the yearly minor league award winners for the Texas Rangers in 2013. Outfielder Jake Skole was tabbed as Defender of the Year and left-handed Alexander Claudio is the reliever of the year.

The four players will be honored at the 2014 Dr Pepper Awards dinner Jan. 24 at Grapevine's Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. For more information and tickets, you can go here.

Here's information on each player from the club's release:

Odor, who turns 20 next month, combined to bat .305 (156-511) with 41 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs, 78 RBIs, 32 stolen bases, and 85 runs in 2013. The left-handed batter and right-handed thrower led all full season Texas farmhands in batting and tied for the 3rd-most doubles in Minor League Baseball. Odor was both a midseason and postseason All-Star selection in the Carolina League and finished the season ranked among the league leaders in batting (3rd, .305), doubles (T5th, 33), and stolen bases (T5th, 27). The teenager earned a promotion to Frisco in August and finished the season as the youngest player in the Texas League. Odor was signed as a non-drafted free agent Jan. 3, 2011 by Rafic Saab and Mike Daly.

Jackson, 22, combined to go 11-4 with a 2.04 ERA (29 ER/128.0 IP) and 134 strikeouts over 25 games/23 starts with High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco last year. The right-hander posted the 7th-lowest opponent average (.202) and 8th-lowest ERA among all minor league pitchers in full season leagues. Jackson was the starter for the Carolina League in their annual All-Star Game versus the California League and was tabbed the 9th-best prospect on the circuit by Baseball America. The Florida native earned a promotion to Double-A Frisco in August and did not allow a run over his first 20.0 innings at the Double-A level. Jackson was selected by the Rangers in the supplemental first round (45th overall) of the 2010 June draft.

Skole, who turns 22 on Friday, rated statistically as the top defensive outfielder in the Carolina League last season. The Georgia native compiled a .996 fielding percentage (1 E/246 TC) with 10 outfield assists in 111 games, ranking 6th in the Carolina League in both assists and total chances. At the plate, Skole batted .211 (76-361) with 22 doubles, a triple, three home runs, 40 RBIs, 69 walks, and 59 runs in 117 games with the Pelicans. Skole was selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2010 June draft and signed by Ryan Coe.

Claudio, who turns 22 on January 31, combined to go 4-6 with a 1.83 ERA (16 ER/78.2 IP) and 91 strikeouts against 18 walks over 45 relief appearances with Low-A Hickory and Frisco in 2013. The southpaw held opposing batters to a .183 average (50-273) overall, including a .133 mark (12-90) by left-handed batters. Claudio allowed just two runs (one ER) over a 21-game stretch with Hickory from April 17 to June 16 before earning a promotion to Double-A. The Puerto Rico native was selected in the 27th round of the 2010 June draft and signed by Frankie Thon.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182