Texas adds Perez, five more to 40-man roster

Texas adds Perez, five more to 40-man roster

Texas adds Perez, five more to 40-man roster
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have added six pitchers to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft in December.

The Rangers added left-hander Martin Perez and right-handers Matt West, Neil Ramirez, Jacob Brigham, Justin Miller and Roman Mendez. All will be in Major League camp next February.

Perez, 20, is the No. 2-ranked prospect in the Rangers' system after going 8-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 26 starts and one relief appearance. He was 4-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 17 games at Double-A Frisco and 4-4 with a 6.43 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Round Rock. Perez is the eighth-best prospect overall according to the MLB.com rankings.

Mendez, 21, was one of three players acquired by the Rangers on July 31, 2010, for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. He spent the year at Class A Hickory and was 9-1 with a 3.31 ERA in 20 starts and six relief appearances. He struck out 130 in 117 innings while walking 45.

Ramirez, 22, was 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 18 starts at Round Rock. He also started six games on rehab assignment at Frisco and was 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA.

Miller, 24, is one of the Rangers' top relief prospects after pitching at Frisco. He went 9-1 with a 1.81 ERA, 13 saves and 77 strikeouts over 48 appearances and 69 2/3 innings. He was third in the Texas League in saves. He was a 16th-round pick out of Fresno State in 2008.

Brigham, 23, spent last season with Frisco, going 6-6 with a 4.49 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 35 games (14 starts). The right-hander opened the season in the Frisco rotation but shifted to the club's bullpen in June and went 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 40 innings.

West, a second-round pick in 2007 out of high school, is a converted infielder who was turned into a right-handed power reliever because of his arm strength. The transition has gone well. West pitched in 24 games in low Class A and allowed 24 hits and one walk over 27 innings while striking out 35. He has a fastball in the upper 90s and has made significant progress with a breaking ball.

The Rangers now have 37 players on their 40-man roster.