Joey Gallo was playing the outfield in the Fall Instructional League. Rangers GM Jon Daniels said it was more an experiment than anything else, and if and when Gallo gets to the big leagues, his position will be third base with the possibility of also playing first.
The experimentation could be because they want to get Gallo to the big leagues sooner. The Rangers have Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre at first and third, so there won't be an opening this upcoming year. Gallo is an uber-prospect in Texas' farm system. Analyst: Colby Conway View Profile
Martin Perez (elbow) expects to start throwing again in November.
He underwent Tommy John surgery in May, and the possibility of throwing next season still remains. He is still no where near returning, but he will hope to continue making positive steps forward. Analyst: Colby Conway View Profile
Matt Harrison (back) is expected to start throwing again in January.
He underwent spinal fusion surgery in his lower back in June, and it was feared that the injury was career ending in nature. We will need to see how well his rehab proceeds this winter before we start ranking him for our 2015 drafts. Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson View Profile
Nick Martinez dropped to 5-12 after giving up two runs on four hits and no walks with two strikeouts over 5.2 innings in the Rangers loss to the A's on Sunday.
Martinez was on the wrong side of the decision where he saw Sonny Gray out pitch him. In an attempt to play the spoiler, the Rangers were unable to spoil the Athletics' playoff hopes. Martinez didn't pitch bad seeing as he was only one out away from notching a quality start. His 2014 will be one to forget, as his 5-12 record and 4.55 ERA are uninspiring to the organization. Analyst: Colby Conway View Profile
Jake Smolinski went 2-for-3 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored during the Rangers' 5-4 win over the A's on Saturday.
Smolinski has been able to take full advantage of his increased playing time, slashing .366/.409/.537 with three home runs and 12 RBI over his first 82 career at-bats. There is a good chance he will be in the mix come 2015, so be sure to remember his name when draft season begins next March. Analyst: Matthew Beck View Profile
Robinson Chirinos went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored against the A's on Saturday.
Chirinos is now slashing .239/.290/.415 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI through 306 at-bats as he makes the best of his increased playing time behind the dish. If he is able to hold onto the role heading into 2015 he makes for a solid backstop option in AL-only leagues, but nothing more. Analyst: Matthew Beck View Profile
Neftali Feliz picked up his 13th save after tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the A's on Saturday. He allowed one hit and a walk with one strikeout.
Since being moved into the closer role, Feliz has converted 13 of his 14 save chances while owning a 1.99 ERA and 0.98 WHIP through 31.2 innings. Unless the Rangers decide to make a splash on the free agent market this offseason, expect Feliz to be used in the ninth inning in 2015. Analyst: Matthew Beck View Profile
Scott Baker gave up two runs on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts over four innings against the A's on Saturday.
Baker bounced back from a terrible performance in his previous start but was unable to end his season with another check in the win column. He finished the year 3-4 with a 5.47 ERA and 1.19 WHIP through 80.2 innings between the bullpen and the starting rotation, which is nothing to brag about. Analyst: Matthew Beck View Profile