It’s official, the Rangers have won the sweepstakes on Brady Dragmire as he cleared waivers today and the club sent him to Round Rock on outright assignment. Dragmire has also been invited to the spring training camp and will compete for a spot in the bullpen or at least show his value as depth while he remains at Round Rock.
The club has also signed Wesley Wright to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. This brings the spring training camp size to 57. Wright will add depth as a left handed bullpen arm and compete for a spot on teh 40-man roster. Wright did not pitch in the majors this season, however he is an establish relief arm with a respectable body of work. In 307 major league innings Wright has a 4.16 ERA, 4.28 FIP & 7.9 SO/9. Command has been the biggest issue for Wright in the majors, yielding a 4.8 BB/9. There must be someone in the front office that is a big believer in effectiveness of a pitcher/reliever through measure of spin rate. In 2015, Wright’s four-seam fastball averaged a spin rate of 2,394 rotations per minute. The major league average is 2,241.
If Wright is able to command his pitches in spring, he could be the man that replaced Prince Fielder on the 40-man roster come time. The club have similar players in a position to compete for this spot and spring training could not come quicker.