The Texas Rangers are reorganizing their squad in order to provide more opportunity to young players since their chances of contending have dwindled.
On Wednesday, the Rangers added two pitchers to the mix, recalling LHP Wes Benjamin from Triple-A Round Rock and signing RHP Joe Barlow to a minor league contract.
This is Benjamin’s fourth tenure with the major league team. He made the Opening Day roster out of spring training, but was sent down after struggling with his command two weeks into the season.
On May 14, he was recalled for one day, then again on May 25, remaining with the Rangers until June 3.
Joe Barlow, on the other hand, is making his major league debut.
The 25-year-old has made 17 bullpen appearances for Round Rock this season, posting a 2.57 ERA, eight walks, 29 strikeouts, a 12.4 strikeouts-per-nine, and a 0.76 WHIP.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward remarked, “He’s been pitching great.” “Joe has always appealed to us. Last year, we brought him to camp.
This person possesses extraordinary abilities. He has a fantastic fastball. To the curveball, he added a slider. He’s hurling punches.”
The Rangers have made it clear that their pitchers must stay in the strike zone throughout the season. Wes Benjamin was demoted early in the season because of it.
Chris Woodward stated that the club has observed the necessary progress in Barlow and believes that now is the right moment to give him a chance.
How Much Does Joe Barlow Make?
Joe Barlow makes an average annual salary of $714,000.