Texas Rangers: Non-Roster Invitees

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Two. More. Days.

Yep, pitchers and catchers report in 2 more days which means we’ll have for real baseball stuff to talk about!  Over the course of the offseason, we’ve taken a look at what the active roster looks like for the Rangers and what each player brings to the table.  But what about those other guys being asked to go to Surprise, AZ?

The current list of non-roster invitees looks like this:

A few of the players to take note of:

  • Pitchers – Greg Reynolds, Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers, Ben Snyder
  • Catcher – Tommy Mendonca
  • Infielders – Greg Miclat, Mike Olt

Reynolds, a 26 year old, right-handed pitcher, was acquired from the Rockies for Chad Tracy earlier in the offseason.  So far his major league stats haven’t been too impressive – 7.47 ERA, 1.691 WHIP over 94 innings.

Ross, a 22 year old, left-handed pitcher, went 10-5 with a 2.34 ERA and 1.041 WHIP at Myrtle Beach (A+) and Frisco (AA) last year.

Scheppers, a 25 year old, right-handed pitcher, went 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.420 WHIP at Frisco (AA) and Round Rock (AAA) last year.

Snyder, a 26 year old, left-handed pitcher, went 11-5 with a 3.87 ERA and 1.289 WHIP at Frisco (AA) last year.

Mendonca, 23, had a .278 average and an OPS of .827 at AA Frisco last season in 125 games.  He hit 35 home runs and plated 87 RBI.  He was also selected to both the midseason and postseason Texas League All-Star teams.  Until this season, Mendonca had only played at 3B while playing pro-ball.

Miclat, a 24 year old, switch hitter, was part of the Taylor Teagarden trade in December.  In 120 games last season with Bowie (AA), he had a .280 batting average with an OPS of .718, playing the majority of the time at 2B.  Prior to his time in AA, he spent most of the time at shortstop.

Olt is a 23 year-old, right-handed third baseman.  During his limited playing time due to injury (only 73 games in 2011), he hit .264 ERA with an OPS of .881.  It took a little while for him to find his swing and timing early on in 2011, but he really started to show his hitting capabilities in the Arizona Fall League, nearly breaking both the RBI and home run records for the league.  Olt also landed at #43 on Jonathan Mayo’s Top 100 Prospects list.

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