Continuing our review of the final numbers for the various Texas Rangers minor league affiliates, today we look at the pitchers for the Spokane Indians, the team’s short-season A affiliate in the Northwest League.
The Indians had a variety of interesting arms, with Jake Latz and Seth Nordlin and Ryan Dease and Scott Engler all having interesting seasons with ups and downs. And of course, there was Hans Crouse, who put up a 2.37 ERA before getting promoted to Hickory.
But there are a couple of guys who pitched for Spokane who started the season completely off the map, but who have established themselves as legitimate prospects this year. One is Yerry Rodriguez, 20 year old righthander who started the year in the AZL, and who continued his walk-averse ways in four starts after being promoted to Spokane. The other is Emmanuel Clase, a guy who I think we had zero expectations for after he was acquired as the player to be named later in the Brett Nicholas trade. Clase, 20, was installed as the Indians’ closer and dominated with mid-90s stuff, allowing just 2 earned runs and 6 walks in 28.1 IP while striking out 27.