The 2015 Draft will take place from Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday at 5 p.m. CT. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 6 p.m., with the top 75 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of Day 2 begins with a live Draft show at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with exclusive coverage of Day 3 beginning at noon on Wednesday.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 200 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of over 1,700 Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Though young, Gallo may hit ground running
Leap from Double-A a tall order, but slugger has natural ability to learn quickly
By Richard Justice
When the Texas Rangers summoned 23-year-old right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez to the Major Leagues last week, they did so reluctantly. He was pitching at Class A Advanced at this time last year, and his resume included just 14 starts at Double-A and eight at Triple-A.
In a perfect world, the Rangers would have preferred to see Gonzalez pitch more in the Minor Leagues, to let him polish his stuff, build up arm strength and continue to figure things out.
After just 34 games and 146 plate appearances in Double-A this season, the Joey Gallo era in Texas is set to begin, thanks to Adrian Beltre's thumb injury.
Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect, got a late start to his 2015 campaign because of minor ankle surgery, making his debut with Frisco in the Texas League on April 25. It hasn't taken him long to get his power stroke going, with nine homers in just 34 games.
Shawn Tolleson and Clayton Kershaw are best friends, played youth baseball together in the Dallas area and were teammates on the Dodgers in 2012. From there, they went in opposite directions.
Kershaw won two more National League Cy Young Awards. Tolleson had major back surgery, missed almost all of 2013 and ended up on waivers. The Dodgers thought Brian Wilson and Brandon League were better setup options, despite Tolleson's impressive Minor League numbers.
Walk-off double in ninth sparks wild celebration for Rangers
By Dave Sessions
Special to MLB.com |
ARLINGTON -- A month ago, Josh Hamilton was in baseball limbo, waiting for the Angels to decide his fate, and the Rangers were in their own version of purgatory as they plunged to the bottom of the standings.
A month can be a long time in baseball, though. After the Rangers spent April generating offense at a rate more suited for the era before the designated hitter, the Rangers began to redeem themselves in May. A productive month culminated Sunday in the giddy celebration following Hamilton's pinch-hit, two-out, walk-off two-run double that beat the Red Sox, 4-3, and pushed the Rangers above .500 for the first time since June 6 of last season.
After an off-day for each team Monday, the Rangers host the White Sox on Tuesday night as they begin in a three-game set at Globe Life Park.
For the White Sox -- fresh off a series victory in Houston -- Jeff Samardzija gets the start on an extra day of rest. He's been a workhorse for Chicago, averaging 7 2/3 innings in his last three starts while decreasing his runs allowed in each. The righty is plenty familiar with the bulk of Texas' lineup, facing them twice in September when he was with the A's.
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton played the hero in the finale of his first series back in Texas with a pinch-hit, walk-off double to beat the Red Sox, 4-3, Sunday at Globe Life Park.
The Red Sox committed three errors for the second consecutive game. Pablo Sandoval had a ground ball go off his glove to spark the Rangers' ninth-inning rally. After a sacrifice bunt, Boston closer Koji Uehara intentionally walked Prince Fielder to put the winning run on base.
ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks after he left Sunday's game against the Red Sox in the fifth inning, injuring his left thumb on a slide into second base.
Beltre was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister during the game. X-rays were negative and the official diagnosis was a sprained left thumb and a cut that required four stitches to close. He is likely headed to the disabled list.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Rangers give reporter Gatorade shower after walk-off
By Mike Bertha |
No one is hotter than the Rangers right now. After trouncing the Yankees with a bunch of crooked numbers last weekend, and taking a series from the Indians this week, Prince Fielder and Co. took their show back home to Arlington where they won three-out-of-four from the Red Sox.
ARLINGTON -- Matt Harrison continues to move closer to returning to the mound for the Rangers, as the left-hander will begin a rehab assignment this week with the Triple-A Round Rock Express.
Harrison is trying to be the first Major League pitcher to come back from spinal fusion surgery, and he is pleased with how quickly he has progressed in his recovery. The original timetable for his return was more like late July. His worst fear was that there'd be no comeback at all.
ARLINGTON -- Tossing five no-hit innings is a great way for any pitcher to start a ballgame, but it's an exceptional way to start a Major League career.
Making his debut Saturday night, touted Rangers prospectAlex Gonzalez held the Red Sox hitless until the sixth inning and earned his first victory as the Rangers cruised to an 8-0 decision. Gonzalez wasn't perfect -- he walked five and needed 102 pitches to get through his 5 2/3 innings -- but he was poised beyond his 23 years.
ARLINGTON -- Alex Gonzalez had an ideal Major League debut Saturday at Globe Life Park, holding the Red Sox hitless through the first five innings and eventually getting the win in the Rangers' 8-0 victory.
Gonzalez walked five hitters and was near 100 pitches to start the sixth, when David Ortiz broke up his no-hit bid with a double.
ARLINGTON -- With the addition of Saturday's starting pitcher, Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez, to the roster, the Rangers had to make a corresponding move and chose to designate infielder Tommy Field for assignment. With Field gone, second base is a position in flux for the club with Hanser Alberto entering the equation.
Field appeared in 14 games for the Rangers over the past three weeks, hitting .195 with two homers and five RBIs in 41 at-bats. Field, who was brought up to replace struggling second baseman Rougned Odor, played second base in all but one game for Texas.
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was still dealing with a bad cold on Friday afternoon before his second home game with the Rangers. Asked if he was feeling any better, Hamilton said simply, "no." Asked about the possibility of not playing, Hamilton shook his head, smacked his name on the posted lineup card and said, "There I am, baby."
Hamilton wasn't bothered by his ailment or Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright's knuckleball. Hamilton took Wright deep twice for his first two home runs of the season that helped lead the Rangers to a 7-4 victory.
It was Hamilton's ninth career multihomer game and his first since July 10, 2013, against the Cubs while with the Angels. Robinson Chirinos delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth after Hanley Ramirez had pulled the Red Sox to within one run with a two-run homer in the top half of the inning.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are putting Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez in the rotation, and it is not for just one start. He is taking over the spot vacated by Ross Detwiler, who is going to the bullpen when he returns from the disabled list.
Gonzalez, 23, will make his first Major League start on Saturday night against the Red Sox, and that spot in the rotation is now his to lose. Gonzalez, the Rangers' No. 1 Draft pick in 2013 out of Oral Roberts, was 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Round Rock, including 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA in his last three starts. The righty is the Rangers' fifth-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com.
ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz has resumed throwing, although there is still no indication when he'll be ready to come off the disabled list. Feliz was DL'd on May 20 because of an abscess under his right arm and is eligible to come off Thursday.
"I've started playing catch and it is feeling better," Feliz said. "We've started doing everything we can to get ready to come back."
Wade Miley and Ross Ohlendorf held a cow milking duel
By Chris Landers |
Having read the words "cow milking contest," there is no possible way that you, a human being who appreciates joy, aren't already dying from anticipation, so we'll just get right to it: Prior to Friday's Red Sox-Rangers game, Boston starter Wade Miley and Texas reliever Ross Ohlendorf engaged in a milk-off, a time-honoredtradition passed down by gladiators of yore.
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton returned to his old ballpark on Thursday night and hit a first-pitch double in his first at-bat. In his final at-bat of the night, he had an RBI single to keep the Rangers from getting shut out.
That was about it for the Rangers' offensive highlights, as they returned to Arlington from a 7-2 road trip and opened a seven-game homestand with a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.
ARLINGTON -- Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez made a terrific Major League debut, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.
Rodriguez beat Rangers starter Nick Martinez, who suffered his first loss of the season. Martinez, who entered the game third in the league with a 1.96 ERA, allowed two runs in seven innings and is now 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 10 starts.
ARLINGTON -- Matt Harrison, who is almost a year removed from lumbar spinal fusion surgery, could celebrate that anniversary by going on a medical rehabilitation assignment next week.
Harrison made his fourth start in extended spring training on Thursday, pitching five innings against the Royals. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine. He threw 77 pitches.