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Neil Ramirez Got Stronger This Winter

Jeff Wilson -Premium Content

Texas hasn't experienced many summers like the one its residents and ballplayers suffered through in 2011, when temperatures crept above 100 degrees and stayed there for what felt like forever. Neil Ramirez hadn't had a season like the one he had in 2011, when he debuted at high Class A Myrtle Beach and quickly turned a spot start at Triple-A Round Rock into a permanent assignment.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Rangers’ Ross Locates His Fastball

Jeff Wilson -Premium Content

The success Robbie Ross had in 2011 wasn't the result of a new, electric pitch or from meditating while listening to the recordings of the Swami Baha. But the lefthander did have a revelation that led to a breakthrough campaign. He learned the value of locating his fastball, the first thing Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux wants to see from his pupils.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers

Ramirez Shows Great Control For Rangers

Jeff Wilson -Premium Content

The Rangers saw their minor league pitching depth take a hit last summer, when the eventual American League champs shipped away multiple young arms in roster-bolstering trades for the stretch drive. Club officials still like the talent in the system but know that the two upper levels aren't as stocked as they could be. Enter pitchers like Neil Ramirez, who have a chance to jump a few levels this season as the Rangers continue their efforts to develop quality big league starting pitchers.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Texas Rangers