The Texas Rangers made quite a bit of moves today that I consider to be the first wave of the future. Isiah Kiner-Falefa is back from Double-A. Catcher, Jose Trevino has been promoted from Triple-A Nashville as well as Scott Heineman. Last but not least, Emmanuel Clase was promoted from Double-A Frisco.
I fully expect more moves to come, if not now, in September for the call-ups. We’ll likely see Palumbo again and Brock Burke will make his debut as well I expect. We should see a number of infielders called up then as well including Eli White.
Left-hander, Kyle Bird, was the odd man out right now. He was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Kyle Bird has a -0.1 WAR with a 7.82 earned run average in 12.2 innings.
Clase in Session
Emmanuel Clase will be making his Major-League Debut soon. If not tonight, it should be at some point this series probably in a low leverage situation.
Clase played in Down East and in Frisco this year with most of his time in Frisco. In 37.2 innings he had a 1-2 record with a 3.35 earned run average and a 1.115 WHIP. He has constantly flashed his high velocity and can throw it for strikes. I was amazed at the couple of times I saw him in person and I will be curious how it plays in the Bigs.
Kiner-Falefa had been down in Frisco during rehab and was there for a little while after that. It seems that the IKF experiment at catcher is over and to be honest I am glad that it is. We are likely to see him play quite a bit of 3rd with Santana playing 1st. Santana could also get some time at 3rd as well.
The Father’s Day walkoff hero in 2018 is how I will always remember Trevino. His story is just amazing and will flat bring tears to your eyes. He hasn’t had the best year offensively in Triple-A Nashville, batting .229 with 2 home runs and 22 RBI. He’s also spent some time on the IL. It is now or never to see what the 26 year old defensive catcher has to offer at the Major League level. He is going to split time with Mathis so this time around he should get a good look.
Heineman had been tearing it up as of late in Triple-A. He was making it hard on the Rangers not to promote and he did a fantastic job of it. He’s played games at 1st base to get some reps in there. We see him playing the outfield (CF) tonight but we may see him at 1st as well.
In Nashville he was hitting .372 with a .435 OBP, SLG .581 and an OPS of 1.017 so a promotion was deserved.
Get excited Ranger fans! This is the first wave of the future. It’s going to be exciting to see what they have to offer, especially in September.