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Good morning, folks...

T.R. Sullivan looks at fourteen pitchers who are in the Texas Rangers’ organization (at least, until the World Series ends) who could impact the Rangers’ future.

Jeff Wilson says that, with the Rangers needing three starting pitchers, two relief pitchers, and an outfielder while cutting payroll, “something isn’t adding up.” Interestingly, he seems to suggest that Andrew Cashner will fetch more in free agency than Alex Cobb or Lance Lynn, which would surprise me.

Jim Callis says Josh Morgan is showing progress behind the plate in the Arizona Fall League. Evan Grant says Morgan and Isiah Kiner-Falefa could be factors in a league with smaller benches.

That said, Grant suggests Morgan and Kiner-Falefa would fit as utility infielders who could catch in an emergency, which would free up a manager to use his backup catcher mid-game more often, rather than as players who would actually be counted on to catch in the majors. That seems like a questionable use of their abilities, to me...if you’re having Morgan or IKF do this so they can catch the 9th if the backup catcher pinch hits and the starter gets hurt, then it seems like a waste of time and energy.

Yanio Perez has had a busy first season in American professional baseball.

Kevin Sherrington writes about Yu Darvish supposedly “figuring things out” in Los Angeles, and what it means for the Rangers.

The DMN has the top 5 shortstops in Rangers history, but they have Michael Young first and Elvis Andrus fourth, so the list is wrong.