#1 Texas recalled prize outfield prospect Willie Calhoun from Triple-A von panxing18 26.06.2019 04:33

Round Rock on Tuesday at the end of the minor league season Max Scherzer Jersey , but Calhoun’s at-bats will be limited by his limitations defensively to left field and the Rangers‘ glut of young corner outfielders and veteran designated hitters.Calhoun will be in Arlington on Tuesday when the Rangers continue a three-game series versus the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park. The Angels took the first game 3-1 on Monday as Texas was held to six hits a day after scoring 18 runs in a win over Minnesota.The Angels will send left-hander Andrew Heaney (8-8, 4.09 ERA) to the mound for the middle game of the series and Texas will counter with left-hander Mike Minor (10-7, 4.33).Article continues below ...Calhoun, 23, has hit .275 with a .716 OPS for 69 major league at-bats this year. After a slow start at Round Rock, he finished the season hitting .294 with a .782 OPS. Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo will receive the lion’s share work in the corner outfield spots. The Rangers have too many bats for the DH spot between Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo for Calhoun to fill that spot with any regularity.“There won’t be regular at-bats for Willie as we’re constructed right now,” Texas general manager Jon Daniels told the Dallas Morning News on Monday. “We want him to come up here and continue to do the work he’s been doing. He really got after it last time.”Meanwhile, the Angels are confident that prized two-way player Shohei Ohtani came out of his first pitching performance in nearly three months in good stead despite a dip in fastball velocity from 96-97 mph in the first inning to 91-92 mph in the third. A Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament kept the Japanese phenom off the mound since June 6.The Angels said after Sunday’s game that Ohtani was dealing with some back stiffness and a sore finger after attempting to barehand a comebacker, leading to the dip in velocity.“Naturally, a red flag goes up, especially with what happened last time,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia told MLB.com. “But Shohei said he felt great. He had no apprehension about what was happening in his elbow. His delivery was a little out of whack. He wanted to make sure he could get the ball into decent zones http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , so he wasn’t really jumping on it.”Ohtani said his back and finger both feel fine and that he’ll “hopefully” be able to make his next scheduled start on the mound on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.Heaney will head to hill for the 26th time this year and for his 14th start on the road. Tuesday’s game will be his second start of the year versus Texas (in which he did not get a decision). In five career starts against the Rangers, Heaney is 1-2 with a 7.88 ERA.Heaney won his most recent start on Thursday at Houston after tossing six scoreless innings and allowing five hits and one walk with six strikeouts. He is seeking first his winning decision against Texas since July 26, 2015. In three starts at Globe Life Park, Heaney is 0-3 with a 10.38 ERA, his highest ERA of any ballpark.Minor will make his 25th start of the season, and will be working on five days’ rest after suffering the loss Wednesday in the Rangers’ 3-1 defeat at home against the Dodgers. He has gone 4-1 with a 2.64 ERA in his past five outings.Minor is without a decision with a 5.68 ERA in three career games, one of them starts, against the Angels. He will make his first start against the Angels this season and has not started against the Los Angeles since June 15, 2014, when he played for Atlanta. Minor made two relief appearances versus the Angels last season with he was with Kansas City, going 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA. The move fits the pattern of previous off-season bullpen arms acquired by Mike Hazen"The Diamondbacks have signed reliever Greg Holland to a one-year contract, pending a physical. The news was first reported by Robert Murray http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , and the deal is heavily incentive-laden. According to Jon Heyman, Holland will get a base salary of $3.25 million, but can make up to the same again in incentives for games and games finished. Holland started his career in 2010 with the Kansas City Royals, and from 2013-17, only Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen racked up more saves than Holland’s 166. That’s despite him missing the entire 2016 season because he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. He rebounded very nicely, joining the Rockies the following year and notching a league-high 41 saves. He was able to parlay that into a one-year, $14 million contract last season with the St. Louis Cardinals as their closer. But right from the start, he struggled. In his debut, he retired one of six batters faced, walking four and taking the loss. He spent some time on the DL with a hip issue, but in the end, the Cardinals designated Holland for assignment on July 27. He was 0-2 with three blown saves in six attempts and a 9.45 ERA - given the Cardinals missed the second wild-card by three games Trea Turner Jersey , you can argue Holland was that difference. However, when he signed with the Nationals, Holland was an entirely different pitcher. He had an ERA of just 0.84 over 24 games, holding batters to a .130 average.This move seems an extremely Hazen-like move, and I imagine Holland is likely to start the season as the Diamondbacks’ closer. As with Fernando Rodney in 2017 and Brad Boxberger last season, the team has brought in someone with closer experience, but who did not end the season in the role, and so was not looking for “closer bucks”. As with Rodney - also traded in the middle of the season before we acquired him, and who performed radically differently for his two teams - the success of this move will depend on which pitcher we get. If it’s the Cardinals’ version, it’s gonna suck. But Holland could also turn out to be a bargain, if his early season struggled were something “fixed” in Washington. Blake Finney had a look at the difference in Holland between the two versions. “The noticeable improvement in his stats was the contact rate against him, which dived down from 73.8 percent to 65.7 percent after joining the Nationals... Based on FanGraphs Pitch Value http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , his slider went from a -2.1 value with the Cardinals to a 5.8 value with the Nats. He did this by focusing on getting his slider down and away, mostly out of the zone. If you compare his slider’s heatmap from his time with the Cards, to the same heatmap with the Nats, you notice how much the pitch leaked over the plate in St. Louis. The swings and misses followed and were a big reason he turned his season around.”As with most such extreme splits, the truth is likely somewhere in the middle. Holland is neither as bad a pitcher as he was in St. Louis, nor as good as he was with Washington. His overall fielding-independent ERA was 3.83, which is very similar to the figure he posted in his successful season with Colorado (3.72). That is higher than he had during his most dominant years with Kansas City - over six seasons there, his FIP was just 2.23. But in another point of similarity, it’s also remarkably close to Rodney’s number (3.80) in the campaign prior to his arrival in Arizona. If the results in 2019 are similar to our archer’s, I don’t think there’ll be too much cause for complaint.

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