Texas Rangers pitcher Connor Sadzeck has been in the Frisco Roughriders rotation for most of this season — however, he made his first true relief appearance for Frisco last night, as part of what the Rangers have indicated is a plan to take a look at him in a relief role.
Sadzeck has long been thought to profile as a future reliever, due to his 100 mph fastball, command issues and shaky secondaries. An 11th round pick of the Rangers in the 2011 draft, Sadzeck missed all of the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, then pitched 60 innings in 2015 between high-A, AA and the AFL as he worked his way back.
Sadzeck spent all of 2016 with the Roughriders, and has been toiling for Frisco this year, though this move to the pen could see him get promoted to Round Rock before too long, and potentially Arlington after that. The Rangers are rather desperate for answers in the major league pen, as the recent moves to bring up Ernesto Frieri and Preston Claiborne illustrate, and if Sadzeck takes to the relief role, he could be an option as a middle reliever by August.