The Texas Rangers have announced that pitchers Scott Williams and Myles Jaye, and catcher Kellin Deglan, have been sent down to the minor league camp. All three players were non-roster invitees to the major league camp.
This isn't exactly big news, but it is spring training and there's not much news right now, so why not a post about this? Jaye was acquired from the Chicago White Sox for lefty reliever Will Lamb, and will likely start the season in the rotation at AA Frisco. Deglan, a first round pick of the Rangers in 2010, was most likely in camp primarily as an extra catcher to help with all the pitchers, and I'm guessing he's in AA Frisco as well. Deglan will be a free agent after the 2016 season if he is not added to the 40 man roster, and unless he makes huge strides this year, the Rangers won't be adding him.
Williams is the most intriguing name of this group. The 22 year old righthander was an 11th round pick in the 2014 draft out of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, a JuCo whose most prominent baseball alums are Glenn Davis and Johnny Grubb. Only 2 of its 21st century draftees have made the majors -- Callix Crabb and Nick Goody -- but Williams appears to have a shot at being the third. Working in a relief role for Hickory last year, Williams fanned 49 batters in 43.1 IP while putting up a 2.28 ERA, and has generated some buzz in camp this spring.
Mark Parker did an interview with Williams at the end of the 2015 season, which you can read here -- Williams was a catcher in college, but threw 10 innings in relief as a sophomore at Manatee-Sarasota, which is what got him drafted by the Rangers. It will be interesting to see if the Rangers start Williams off this season at High Desert, or if he is in the Frisco pen to start the year.