Texas Rangers transactions: Chris Rowley, a righthanded pitcher claimed on waivers by Texas from the Toronto Blue Jays in July, has cleared waivers and been outrighted to AAA Round Rock, the team announced today. The 40 man roster now stands at 39.
Rowley, 28, was the first West Point graduate to appear in the major leagues when he debuted for the Blue Jays in 2017. He has a 7.91 ERA in 19 IP in the majors, all with Toronto. He was assigned to the Express after being claimed, and put up a 3.46 ERA in 41 IP over 7 starts, with 33 Ks against 16 walks. He was discussed as a possible September call up, but with a fastball in the 86-88 mph range and middling AAA results, he seemed like a long shot to be a viable major league option at this point.
I believe that Rowley has less than six full seasons as a professional, which means that he would remain Rangers in the Rangers system this offseason, rather than becoming a free agent.