Mac Engel: Texas Rangers' best hope isn't Jacob deGrom. It's these two.

Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Robert Oppenheimer had an easier time developing a bomb than a slew of well-meaning pros who have worked for the Texas Rangers for decades have had developing pitching.

To address the weakest part of their organization the Rangers have thrown every available resource to fix an issue that essentially ended Jon Daniels’ career with the franchise.

Chris Young, Godspeed.

Since taking over as the general manager in Dec. of 2020, CY has thrown stupid, crazy money at this problem. He’s spent the highest of draft picks on this problem. He brought back the club’s most reliable, proven voice to improve the mess on the mound.

In July of 2021, the Rangers used the second overall pick in the MLB draft on Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter.

In Nov. of 2021, the Rangers signed free agent Jon Gray to a four-year, $56 million deal.


In July of 2022, the Rangers used the third overall pick in the MLB draft on Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker.

In Nov. of 2022, the Rangers brought pack Mike Maddux to serve as the team’s pitching coach.

This is effort.

With owner Ray Davis fearlessly blowing through money, the Rangers expect to at least flirt with a playoff spot, which would be their first since 2016; the last time the club had a winning record.


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