The Farm Report -- 11/30/2021

The Rangers did not offer contracts to C David Garcia, C Yohel Pozo, or OF Billy McKinney. They immediately become free agents, although Texas has a history of quickly re-signing such players to minor league deals. We shall see.

Garcia's situation is strange. He barely hit until the latter part of his second season and then was among short-season Spokane's stars as a 19-year-old in 2019. He spent 2020 in storage along with his teammates, but Texas added him to the 40-man roster despite a complete lack of full-season experience. I've been asked a few times why he was ever on the 40 in the first place, but at decision time last November I did expect him to be selected. He wasn't MLB-ready but showed enough potential that the thought of losing him wasn't palatable. 40-man decisions for international free agents signed as 16-yearolds are often the toughest. In 2021, after a slow start, Garcia batted .317/.353/.452 in his last 34 high-A games. He was on a broad list of names I thought might not last the winter, but I wasn't expecting a non-tender. Again, the likely outcome is he stays in the fold.

Pozo also has a colorful history as these things go. A Ranger his entire career, Pozo became a free agent after 2020 and signed with the Padres, only to return soon after as a pick in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. At the time, I didn't give it much thought outside of the novelty of the situation. Texas lacked minor league catching depth, and he was a known entity. In the upper minors for the first time, Pozo hit as never before and earned a late-season call-up. Much more a DH than catcher in Texas, Pozo didn't produce quite enough to retain his spot (.284/.312/.378).

Texas recently acquired McKinney and fellow OF Zack Reks from the Dodgers for cash. McKinney, a Dallas native and Plano West alum, was selected 24th overall in 2013 and hovered around the low end of the top 100 prospects in 2015-2016, but he hasn't found much MLB success, batting .215/.286/.404 in 240 games. He didn't have any remaining options.

Texas also outrighted OF DJ Peters to AAA. After being claimed on waivers from, yes, the Dodgers, Peters clubbed 12 homers in 52 games but had a .218 OBP.

The Rangers have 36 players on the 40-man roster.

The Rangers signed some other guys, too. You might have heard. I'll have more on that later.


Jamey Newberg

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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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