Jesse's whirl.

“With the 1,252nd pick in the 2002 MLB Amateur Draft, 1,242 picks after selecting Drew Meyer, the Texas Rangers select Jesse Chavez, a righthander from Riverside Community College who stands 6’2” and weighs just 145 and projects as a reliever, and in fact we’re going to sit on him for a year before deciding whether to sign him as a draft-and-follow, and when we do that we’ll give the starter thing a look but, after a couple seasons bouncing him between the rotation and bullpen at Short-Season A and Low A, we’ll relieve him about 80 times in High A and AA and once in AAA before trading him, three days after trading four players for Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz and on the same day as swapping Jose Diaz for Matt Stairs, to Pittsburgh for Kip Wells, who will make two starts for us before pitching for nine other organizations over the next six years, and that 42nd-round reliever will spend four years with the Pirates, briefly getting to the big leagues in the third of those seasons and working out of the Pirates bullpen for all of the fourth, after which Pittsburgh will trade him to Tampa Bay for Akinori Iwamura in November, kicking off a Rays stint that will last five weeks before a December trade to Atlanta for Rafael Soriano, and two-thirds of the way into his Braves season he’ll be traded to Kansas City in a five-player deal with four more heralded players, and after the following season he’ll be designated for assignment by the Royals, and claimed by Toronto, seven weeks after which he’ll be designated for assignment by the Blue Jays, and clear waivers, but that next year he’ll earn his way back to the big leagues with Toronto in May, two months after which he’ll be designated for assignment by the Blue Jays again, and clear again, but a few weeks later he’ll be sold to Oakland, who will get both AAA and big league work out of him in 2012 and 2013, as a reliever with the A’s but as a starter with Sacramento, an idea that the Blue Jays first had in 2012 with mildly interesting results, and in 2014 Oakland will get hammered with rotation injuries and wonder if, hey, maybe that journeyman reliever can hold things together for a while, and in his eighth big league start (out of 197 big league games pitched), on the final day of April, he’ll deal for a career-high-matching seven innings, allowing (as a starter) a career-low one hit and a career-low zero runs (you might chalk that up to a struggling opposing offense but you might also want to look at what the righthander’s been doing against everyone else), and naturally it will happen against the team that three days earlier had a share of the best record in the American League, the team that drafted him six organizations and 12 years ago with the 1,252nd pick, because you can’t predict ball.”

“Next up on the clock: The Florida Marlins.”


Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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