Joe Palumbo, Frisco Roughrider and one of the Texas Rangers top pitching prospects, made his 2019 debut this afternoon in Frisco. Palumbo struck out 8 of the 19 batters he faced while walking 3 and allowing 2 hits, including a home run, in 4.2 IP. Palumbo allowed one run, and threw 87 pitches.
Palumbo may have the best shot of any of the Rangers upper level pitching prospects of staying in the rotation, due to having three pitches that project as average or better. The questions about him mainly have to do with his durability, due to his small stature and having Tommy John surgery under his belt. He’s on the 40 man roster, and should be in Arlington at some point this season.
Meanwhile, Leody Taveras went 1 for 4 today for Down East, giving him a .563 batting average and a 1313 OPS, while Chris Seise went 2 for 5 for Hickory, giving him a 1482 OPS. Those are two of the Rangers best position prospects, and they have a lot of upside...they’ve gotten off to red-hot starts to the season, and will be worth watching in the coming days to see if they keep producing.