The Texas Rangers named their minor league players of the year last week.
These young talents represent the future of our beloved team, and their accomplishments have set them apart from the rest this season.
Player of the year: Abimelec Ortiz
This year, Abimelec Ortiz, who was signed by Texas as a non-drafted free agent in 2021, was named the Tom Grieve Player of the Year. Ortiz had an impressive season, batting .294 with 33 home runs and 101 RBI. His performance not only led all Texas farmhands in home runs and RBI but also ranked among the top minor leaguers in slugging percentage, home runs, RBI, and OPS. This showcases the value of scouting and acquiring talent beyond the traditional draft.
Nolan Ryan Pitcher of the Year: Jose Corniell
Another notable award winner is Jose Corniell, who was named the Nolan Ryan Pitcher of the Year. Corniell, who was acquired by the Rangers from Seattle in 2020, had a strong season, going 8-3 with a 2.92 ERA and 119 strikeouts. His second-most strikeouts among Texas minor leaguers. His stellar performance throughout the season highlight the success of the Rangers’ acquisitions and trades in strengthening their minor league pitching staff.
Reliever of the year: Antoine Kelly
Antoine Kelly was named Reliever of the Year for his dominant performance, going 3-1 with 11 saves and a 1.96 ERA. Walks had previously plagued Kelly but he really limited the free passes through the second half of the season.
Over his last 46.2 innings, he only issued 9 walks, compared to 66 strikeouts. He pitched a total of 57.1 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.
Defender of the year: Daniel Mateo
Daniel Mateo, who was named the Defender of the Year, demonstrated exceptional defensive skills with only two errors in 255 total chances and six outfield assists. His defensive abilities contribute to the overall development and success of players within the Rangers’ minor league system.
At the plate, Mateo slashed a line of .259/.275/.407/.681 with 10 home runs and 56 RBI. He flashed his speed with 30 stolen bases as well.
True Ranger award: Blaine Crim
Lastly, the True Ranger Award was given to Blaine Crim, who embodies the values of the organization both on and off the field. Drafted by the Rangers in the 19th round of the 2019 MLB Draft, Crim’s consistent performance, batting .293 with 21 home runs and 81 RBI, showcases his dedication and commitment to the Rangers’ core values. Crim just keeps hitting at every level he’s played. I’d really like to see him get his chance in 2024.
These outstanding statistics highlight the bright future that awaits these young talents in the Major Leagues for our Texas Rangers. Congratulations to all of the 2023 Texas Rangers Minor league award winners.