2017 Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees


The club today announced the signing of James Loney to a minor league contract and a handful of other spring training invites from the current organization. Of the pack, one of the clubs most prized arms, Ariel Jurado, will work with the big league club during the spring.

Since coming over to the states in 2014, Jurado has put up some very impressive numbers working his way up to Double-A this season. No one will ever describe him as “electric”, “exciting” or “high up-side”. However, after establishing a body of work, and seeing him deal, he definitely is a guy I’d describe as having a high floor. Jurado has excellent control exhibited by his lifetime 1.7 BB/9 and 1.159 WHIP. Jurado features a Sinker, Change, Curve, Slider repertoire and has been very effective so far and has impressed both the Rangers this season and sources outside of the organization. In Keith Law’s top 100 prospects in baseball, Ariel Jurado lands in at #64 with Yohander Mendez right behind him at #75. I don’t believe the Jonathan Lucroy trade would have went down if the organization didn’t feel strongly about these two in comparison to what they gave up. Their names are getting circulation now and the Rangers rank about middle of the pack in farm system depth even after unloading quite a bit of it prior to the 2016 trade deadline.

Joining Jurado and Loney, here is the entire list of 2017 spring training non-roster invitees:

This brings the spring training roster to 55 players, and if the Rangers choose to do so, may add up to another 5 players to invite to Surprise, Arizona this next month. 68 days to go until opening day…


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