Texas Rangers transactions: Kyle Dowdy has been claimed on waivers from the New York Mets, the team announced today. Dowdy was selected in the Rule 5 draft by the Mets from the Cleveland Indians, who acquired him from the Detroit Tigers in the middle of 2018 in the deal that sent Leonys Martin to Cleveland from Detroit for Willi Castro. Dowdy was a 12th round pick out of the University of Houston in 2015.
The 26 year old Dowdy was the subject of a write-up in Baseball America last month, with BA mentioning that Dowdy was showing a velocity jump up to 99 mph while working out the pen for the Mets this spring. Dowdy has been working primarily as a starting pitcher up to this point in his career, but presumably will break camp with the Rangers as the team’s long man.
As a Rule 5 pick, the Rangers have to keep him on the major league roster all season, or else put him on waivers and offer him back to Cleveland.
With Dowdy being claimed, the 40 man roster now stands at 39.