The Rangers have started making moves today. They have optioned right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hernandez and left-handed pitcher Joe Palumbo to Frisco.
If they stick in Frisco be sure to come back here. We will be covering them closely for you but there is a chance they may not stick there.
Just announced at #RangersST: Pitching prospects Jonathan Hernandez and Joe Palumbo optioned to Frisco. Doesn’t guarantee they’ll begin with the RoughRiders but could be a positive indication.
— Riders Press Box (@RidersPressBox) March 8, 2019
Palumbo, 24, only pitched 1.2 innings this Spring. He had an ERA of 10.80 after allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Jonathan Hernandez pitched 1.1 innings. His control was not quite there as he walked 4. His earned run average was 20.25 as he allowed 3 runs without a hit and had 1 strikeout.
There were others that were sent down to minor-league camp
The other players in the first round of options were Richelson Pena, Zac Curtis and Andy Ibanez.
Richelson Pena, 25, is a right-handed pitcher that pitched for both Frisco and Round Rock last year. Between he two, he had a combined record of 8-5 with a 3.38 earned run average.
Was claimed off waiver from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018. This Spring he pitched 3 innings allowing 6 runs on 4 hits 2 walks and 1 strikeout. His earned run average is 18.00 with a WHIP of 2.00.
Ibanez will be 26 in April. He had a .300 batting average this Spring in 20 at bats with 2 runs batted in. He will likely start the season with Nashville.