The Texas Rangers have an intrasquad game scheduled for Friday, before Cactus League action officially kicks off on Saturday, and the team announced today which pitchers will be throwing in that game: Tyler Wagner, Connor Sadzeck, Ariel Jurado, Allen Webster, Jose Leclerc, and Jose Valdespina.
None of those six are considered serious candidates for the Opening Day roster, although each offers a reason to be interested in them.
Sadzeck is the hardest thrower in the Rangers’ organization, and has earned praise early in camp from the coaching staff. He’s been working as a starter, and likely will be in Frisco or Round Rock as a starter to start the season, but with a 100 mph fastball and a hammer curve, he could be a bullpen option this year...or even, if things click, a rotation option.
Jurado split the 2016 season between High Desert and Frisco. He’s considered one of the Rangers’ top three prospects, and his arsenal and ground ball ability has him viewed as a legitimate starting pitching prospect.
Leclerc spent some time in the Rangers’ bullpen last season, showing a great fastball and the need for significant improvement with his command.
Wagner was claimed on waivers from the Diamondbacks in November, and offers some starting pitching depth for the Rangers.
Webster is a former top prospect who spent 2016 in Korea, and who is in camp as a minor league free agent.
Valdespina is a reliever who gets a lot of ground balls and who is in camp as a non-roster guy.
The team also announced that Martin Perez will start Saturday’s game, while Yu Darvish will start Sunday.