After 12 years, the Rangers' partnership with Double-A Frisco may only get better. Frisco owner Chuck Greenberg is planning major improvements to Dr. Pepper Ballpark -- with an official announcement coming in February.
Led by power-hitting third baseman Joey Gallo, the Rangers have five players listed in MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects as revealed on MLB Network on Friday night.
Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers took a significant step on Wednesday by throwing off the mound in the bullpen for the first time this offseason. There is no doubting his importance to the club as Spring Training approaches and the bullpen is still being addressed.
Alex Gonzalez, the Rangers' top draft pick in 2013 and their No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com, is coming to his first Major League Spring Training next month. The Rangers' work in rebuilding their rotation this winter means they might be able to keep their hands off him at the end of camp.
The Rangers added another strong candidate to their rotation competition by acquiring rookie right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo in exchange for Robbie Ross Jr.
Colby Lewis was able to overcome daunting odds in returning to the Rangers' rotation last season after missing 18 months because of flexor tendon and hip operations. Matt Harrison faces similar doubts after undergoing lumbar spinal disk fusion surgery on June 3.
This has been a winter of content for Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who has spent most of it in Texas working out at the Ballpark.
Bullpen depth is the Rangers' main focus going into the final weeks of the offseason. General manager Jon Daniels said at FanFest on Saturday that Texas is still looking for relievers before going into Spring Training.
First baseman Mitch Moreland, who missed most of last season with an ankle injury that required surgery, has avoided an arbitration hearing. That was among the news items released by the Rangers at their awards banquet on Friday night.
Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, making a rare offseason appearance at the team's award dinner, said he is 100 percent healthy.
From 1998-2001, Rangers righty Rick Helling was a top-of-the-rotation pitcher on division championship teams, a pitcher who delivered more on heart and intestinal fortitude than he did on sheer physical ability.
Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future.
The Rangers are going to give Ross Detwiler a chance to start in Spring Training. Detwiler, who was acquired from the Nationals in December, knows that he still has to win a job.
The Rangers believe they have solved their catching situation by acquiring Carlos Corporan from the Astros on Wednesday.
Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo said during a news conference Wednesday that he was thrilled to be playing for his family's favorite team.