Evan Grant

Brash No More

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Blake Beavan, homegrown kid and the Rangers' top draft pick in 2007, entered the organization with a memorably brash pronouncement on the state of the big league pitching staff. Now, though, Beavan is known more for asking questions than making pronouncements.

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Change Of Scenery

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As the deadline drew near for setting 40-man rosters, the Rangers and Phillies decided to swap disappointing first-round picks. Texas sent outfielder John Mayberry Jr., the 19th overall pick in 2005 who has underwhelmed as a power hitter, to the Phillies. In return, the Rangers got speedy but strikeout-prone center fielder Greg Golson. Golson, 23, was the 21st pick in the 2004 draft.

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Beyond The Statistics

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If he doesn't come back in September, Tommy Hunter's major league pitching line for 2008 will look unimpressive to say the least. A 16.36 ERA and .397 opponent's average will accompany a most ignominious honor—having allowed the second most runs (nine) in one inning of any pitcher in the Rangers' sordid pitching history.

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Bat To The Max

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The Rangers are relatively certain Max Ramirez can hit major league pitching. Now they are going to find out if he can catch it. Ramirez, 23, was called to the majors from Double-A Frisco after starting catcher Gerald Laird went out with a severe strain of his right hamstring. Ramirez will serve as the backup to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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Kinsler’s Shadow

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Please, do not alert the police. Doug Mathis is not stalking Ian Kinsler. It only seems that way. Both are Arizona natives. Both wound up at Central Arizona Junior College. And then Missouri. And then followed by the same scout, Mike Grouse, and drafted by the same team, the Rangers. Oh, and in the 17th round.

Majors | #2008#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers