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Big arms, big potential, big expectations. Texas Rangers pitchers to watch this spring.

Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Baseball

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- By the end of Thursday's workout, every Texas Rangers pitcher in camp, save for the injured Brock Burke, will have thrown their first bullpen session of spring training.

That's 37 pitchers for those scoring at home.

Eleven of them have either already made the team or have strongholds on roster spots, assuming they stay healthy.

The others are competing for a few spots, showcasing themselves for other opportunities, positioning themselves for call-up duty, or getting an initial taste of big-league camp.

It's an interesting group, one that manager Chris Woodward said has better stuff than last spring's relief corps.

Here's a sampling of them, with six pitchers to watch this spring.

 

JONATHAN HERNANDEZ, RHP

The Rangers shipped away their reliever with the biggest fastball in the offseason, sending Emmanuel Clase to Cleveland in the Corey Kluber deal. Hernandez's velocity would be a suitable replacement.

He will be stretched out in case it's determined he fits best as rotation depth at Triple A, but the Rangers might want his electric stuff in a multiple-innings relief role.

Fellow prospect Taylor Hearn is on a similar plan this spring.

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