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  • So, is Borat still alive or did he kill himself in the bay celebrating?
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    • Originally posted by D-Unit View Post
      Newberg Report: Rangers' top 10 prospects


      1. Martin Perez, LHP, Double-A Frisco: Perez started the season as the Texas League's youngest pitcher and got off to a strong start, but struggled with his command all year and finished with a 5-8, 5.96 record in 23 starts and one relief appearance. There's something to be gained, however, when a young prospect encounters adversity before getting to the big leagues, and Perez remains one of the top two or three Minor Leaguef left-handers in baseball.

      2. Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Triple-A Oklahoma City: After a dominant pro debut through the season's first two months out of the Frisco and Oklahoma City bullpens, Scheppers had a month-long audition as a starter for the RedHawks at mid-season that didn't go particularly well. He returned to the RedHawks' bullpen and continued to strike out a batter per inning with upper-90s velocity and a hammer curve, reinforcing that his initial big league impact will likely come in relief, in 2011.

      3. Jurickson Profar, SS, short-season Class A Spokane: The youngest player in the Northwest League - by seven months - wasn't overmatched by the aggressive assignment and will go into 2011 as one of baseball's top shortstop prospects. Just 17 years old, the former Little League World Series star from Curacao hit .250 as the Indians' everyday shortstop, with only 46 strikeouts in 252 at-bats, and 23 extra-base hits (third most on the team), against a league full of pitchers five years older.

      4. Engel Beltre, OF, Double-A Frisco: Obtained from Boston along with David Murphy and Kason Gabbard for Eric Gagné in July 2007, Beltre hadn't turned his tantalizing tools into consistent production until this year. After hitting .331 with power for Class A Bakersfield, he was promoted to Frisco at the start of July and held his own all summer, though he faded late in the season, finishing at .254/.301/.337 in 181 RoughRider at-bats. Groomed as a leadoff hitter, Beltre has hit third and fifth most of the year, and he's a lockdown center fielder with a plus arm.

      5. Robbie Erlin, LHP, Class A Hickory: Some experts said the only reason Erlin fell to the third round in the 2009 draft was that he stands under six feet tall. The 19-year-old proved in a league full of hitters three and four years older that he was underdrafted. Erlin posted a 2.12 ERA in 2010, the third-best mark of any starting pitcher in all of Minor League baseball. In 114.2 Crawdad innings, the southpaw fanned 125 and issued only 17 walks.

      6. Michael Kirkman, LHP, Texas: A standout 13-3, 3.09 season for Oklahoma City vaulted Kirkman into the big league picture, as he was called on in August to reinforce the Texas bullpen. The 23-year-old was leading the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts at the time of the promotion, featuring a fastball that touched the mid-90s, a slider that PCL managers voted as the league's best, and an effective curve. His dominant numbers against left-handed hitters gave the Rangers confidence that he could succeed in relief, though his big league future could be as a starter. For now, he's a legitimate candidate for the playoff bullpen.

      7. Wilmer Font, RHP, Class A Bakersfield: The youngest pitcher in the California League, Font made strides in 2010 before elbow issues cut his season short in July. The big right-hander was hittable for Low A Hickory in the spring but fanned 33 while walking only 13 in 29.2 innings, prompting a promotion to Bakersfield, where he held opponents to a .217 average and struck out 52 in 49 frames, though his poor walk totals had resurfaced before the midseason injury.

      8. Robbie Ross, LHP, Double-A Frisco: Ross has made the same two-level split as Font in 2010, with tremendous results. The 5'11" southpaw posted a 12-11, 3.58 record between Hickory and Bakersfield, issuing only 37 walks while fanning 111 in 146 innings, coaxing a remarkable three times as many groundouts as flyouts, and surrendering only four home runs all year. He was rewarded with a promotion to Frisco for the Texas League playoffs.

      9. Jake Skole, OF, short-season Class A Spokane: The Rangers' top Draft pick in 2010, Skole was challenged (after a brief run in the Arizona League) with an aggressive assignment to the Northwest League, where he was the circuit's third-youngest hitter. A tremendous athlete who would have played defensive back at Georgia Tech had he not signed, Skole played center field for Spokane and hit a respectable .254/.327/.348 in his first pro action.

      10. Luis Sardinas, SS, Rookie-Level Arizona League: The 17-year-old from Venezuela was overshadowed by fellow shortstop Jurickson Profar when the two signed last July, but the slick-fielding Sardinas had an outstanding rookie season. He hit .311/.363/.350, getting a hit or walk in 22 of 26 games, holding down the number two hitter role on a club that went 31-24 and reached the AZL playoffs.

      http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/ar...s_tex&c_id=tex


      Any guess on how any of these guys will be used next year?
      A lot of those guys are really raw. Most of Texas' talent is already with the big league club now.
      "Compadres, it is imperative that we crush the freedom fighters before the start of the rainy season. And remember, a shiny new donkey for whomever brings me the head of Colonel Montoya."

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      • I've accepted the fact that Jesus Montero will never play for the Yankees. At least in the long term. He's going to be part of a package to land a big pitcher at some time.

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        • Originally posted by Giantsfan1080 View Post
          Maddux would only coach with the Cubs he said.
          In 2 years once Quade's contract is up, it will be Sandberg in the duggout, Maddux in the front office, and Grace in the booth. Jizzzzzzzz.

          I will also accept Ryno managing, Maddux pitching coach, and Grace hitting coach/bench coach/slump buster coach extrordinaire.

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          • Originally posted by Jughead10 View Post
            I've accepted the fact that Jesus Montero will never play for the Yankees. At least in the long term. He's going to be part of a package to land a big pitcher at some time.
            I want him to play for us so bad haha, I just want to have like some home grown players on the roster.

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            • Originally posted by iowatreat54 View Post
              In 2 years once Quade's contract is up, it will be Sandberg in the duggout, Maddux in the front office, and Grace in the booth. Jizzzzzzzz.

              I will also accept Ryno managing, Maddux pitching coach, and Grace hitting coach/bench coach/slump buster coach extrordinaire.
              NEVER he loves AZ too much

              A slumpbuster is when you have to take one for the team. It's finding the biggest, nastiest, fattest broad, and you put the wood to her to come out of your slump. Also known as 'jumping on a grenade for the team'

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              • Originally posted by fenikz View Post
                NEVER he loves AZ too much
                Yea, I've come to accept that. I absolutely love him and love him in the booth. I just want to dream a little since none of those things will happen. Well, Maddux might after Hendry hopefully is fired sometime around mid season 2011.

                Most likely none of the 3 will ever happen though. :(

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                • Originally posted by iowatreat54 View Post
                  Yea, I've come to accept that. I absolutely love him and love him in the booth. I just want to dream a little since none of those things will happen. Well, Maddux might after Hendry hopefully is fired sometime around mid season 2011.

                  Most likely none of the 3 will ever happen though. :(
                  You love him in the booth? Have you heard him?


                  RIP TheManInBlack

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                  • Originally posted by BuckNaked View Post
                    I want him to play for us so bad haha, I just want to have like some home grown players on the roster.
                    There's just no spot for him. He's not going to catch. 1B is taken. A-Rod is going to have to be a full time DH in a year or two. Unless he starts playing RF, and probably badly, he doesn't have a spot. And the Yankees have already shown willingness to put him in a big deal for a pitcher.

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                    • Originally posted by Brodeur View Post
                      You love him in the booth? Have you heard him?
                      you shut your whoreish mouth brody

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                      • Originally posted by Brodeur View Post
                        You love him in the booth? Have you heard him?
                        Hence why I love him in the booth. I'm not saying he's great, but he's so entertaining. And if he was with the Cubs, he could probably do/say whatever he wanted and no one would care.

                        1990s hits leader ftw!!!

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                        • Originally posted by fenikz View Post
                          you shut your whoreish mouth brody
                          Just speaking the truth.


                          RIP TheManInBlack

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                          • Originally posted by Giantsfan1080 View Post
                            So, is Borat still alive or did he kill himself in the bay celebrating?
                            **** yeah I'm alive. I just came down from cloud 9 to respond. Going back up now. See yall later.
                            The Brian Sabean sig is no more. I disagreed with you on so many levels. And then you went out and built a dynasty. I am lame.

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                            • Originally posted by djp View Post
                              A lot of those guys are really raw. Most of Texas' talent is already with the big league club now.
                              I agree. Mitch Moreland really stepped it up big time. He should be our 1B man of the future which I am happy and excited about. So happy that Andrus isn't a flop either. Borbon had rough rookie season with some flashes of potential, but I like what he brings to the team with his speed and he should continue to develop. I wish we had an exciting OF prospect with power though.

                              Outside of Catcher, we really don't have a big hole to fill in the line up.

                              But at pitching, needless to say... the Bullpen needs a major upgrade. They were a constant strain of worry throughout the entire playoffs. Outside of Feliz, we were really searching for the right answers and often came away with the wrong ones.

                              Holland will probably find his way back into the rotation. I don't think the light has really turned on yet, but if he can be a long reliever, heck we have that need for sure.

                              One guy on that list... Michael Kirkman has some nasty stuff and his future looks like that of a middle reliefer who could be a solid set up guy. I have some high hopes there for him and Ogando and Scheppers too. I also think Scott Feldman should go back to being a reliever. Hopefully Frank Francisco gets healthy. I don't want to see Darren Oliver, Darren O'Day, Clay Rapada, or Mark Lowe with the team.

                              Of all the guys on that list, I'm most excited for Scheppers and Kirkman to make impacts next season. The others hopefully continue to make strides in simply moving up the system.

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                              • Well, Ryno is officially leaving the Cubs organization. I hope he succeeds where ever he goes.

                                But I have to ask, where is he going to go for a position better than what he would have with the Cubs? Supposedly he does not want to be a bench coach or anything less than a manager at the big league level, and he turned down being the Cubs AAA coach. What would his best option be?

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