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MLB: Texas Rangers at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

AJ Alexy has made history with his first two major league starts, and with players coming back from the COVID IL the Rangers may just have an embarrassment of riches on their hands, sort of.

Yes, Alexy is the first player in over a hundred years to start his major league career with two consecutive outings of at least five innings with one hit allowed, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it Jack Leiter.

Given that Alexy is only Texas’ number 23 ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, I think I’m supposed to make a “this isn’t even my final form” Dragonball Z joke, but I’m not sure if that’s actually from that show or Naruto or something because I’m not some lame anime nerd.

Evan Grant says that waiver claim DJ Peters looks like a Joey Gallo starter kit with a more adjustable swing.

RHP Nick Snyder has been placed on the IL with shoulder fatigue and Spencer Howard has been activated from the COVID IL.

Taylor Hearn has got the coaching staff singing his praises as one of the bright spots of the season.

Fangraphs has a post in their Learning and Developing a Pitch series where Joe Barlow discusses how he used the pandemic season to develop a workable slider.