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The Show Before the Show: Episode 383

Rangers' Wolfram talks about Fall League, pair of championships
November 18, 2022

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other

Road to The Show™ Ambassador season reviews

Volpe, Leiter, Walker, Rodriguez take big steps forward in 2022
November 15, 2022

The Nationwide Road to the Show™ Ambassadors series, which provides fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at four of the best prospects in Minor League Baseball, returned for another season in 2022. Orioles hurler Grayson Rodriguez, Yankees infielder Anthony Volpe, Rangers right-hander Jack Leiter and Cardinals infielder/outfielder Jordan Walker were this

Frisco rallies, rides off with Texas League crown

Four-run 10th propels RoughRiders to first title in 18 years
September 28, 2022

Stymied through seven innings, Double-A Frisco still managed to save the best for last. The RoughRiders rallied from deficits in the eighth and ninth innings before scoring four times in the 10th en route to a 7-5 championship-clinching win over Wichita at Riverfront Stadium. Evan Carter's two-run single in the

The Road to The Show™: Rangers’ Carter

No. 59 prospect evolves from Draft mystery to scouting coup
August 30, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at third-ranked Rangers prospect Evan Carter. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There aren’t many ways to better illustrate a scouting

Hickory's Englert, McDowell combine on no-no

The second time this year the Rangers' affiliate completed the feat
August 12, 2022

High-A Hickory made history almost exactly a month to the day from when it completed the franchise's first no-hitter in nearly a decade. The club didn't wait nearly as long to throw one again. Mason Englert and Theo McDowell combined to toss the second no-hitter of the season as Hickory

Prospect Q&A: Rangers outfielder Thompson

Back at full strength, Texas’ No. 27 prospect keeps it simple
July 28, 2022

Throughout the early part of his Minor League career, consistent at-bats were few and far between for Bubba Thompson. The Rangers’ No. 27 prospect was limited by a series of injuries after being drafted in 2017, only to recover in time for a season lost to the pandemic. Thompson, who

Hickory hurlers combine for 10-inning no-no

Quartet of Crawdads toss franchise's first no-hitter since 2013
July 10, 2022

It took an extra frame, but High-A Hickory made history for the first time in nearly a decade. After breaking through with four runs in the 10th inning, the last of four Crawdads pitchers closed the door on a no-hitter in Hickory's 4-0 victory against Bowling Green on Saturday night.

Mateo takes flight for Down East

Rangers prospect goes deep three times, collects seven RBIs
July 9, 2022

Daniel Mateo may not be a household name in the Rangers system, but he’s starting to make a name for himself. Mateo homered three times and finished 4-for-6 with a career-high seven RBIs in Single-A Down East’s 13-1 win over Fayetteville on Saturday night.

Mets' Courtney channels 'The Ryan Express' 

Brooklyn reliever helps filmmakers re-create Hall of Fame career
June 8, 2022

For a Hall of Fame career that had to be seen to be appreciated, it took an appearance from a Minor League reliever to help bring some of those stories to life. Over 27 years in the Majors, Nolan Ryan set all-time records for total strikeouts (5,714), no-hitters (seven) and

The Road to The Show™: Meet the Ambassadors

Follow Rodriguez, Volpe, Leiter and Walker during 2022 season
May 3, 2022

The Nationwide Road to the Show™ Ambassadors series, which provides fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at five of the best prospects in Minor League Baseball, returns for a second season in 2022. Orioles hurler Grayson Rodriguez, Yankees infielder Anthony Volpe, Rangers right-hander Jack Leiter and Cardinals infielder Jordan Walker are

Jung, Foscue finding their place in Rangers' plans

Top 100 prospects charging toward freshly loaded Texas infield
January 6, 2022

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. Things are getting interesting deep in the heart of Texas. The Rangers have

Prospect season in review: Rangers' Foscue

No. 83 overall prospect taps into power during first pro season
December 8, 2021's Prospect Season in Review series spotlights players who shined brightest during the 2021 campaign. Here's a look at fourth-ranked Rangers prospect Justin Foscue.

2021 MiLB playoffs preview: Low-A

Dominguez, Tampa host Bradenton; Veen, Fresno travel to San Jose
September 21, 2021

Minor League Baseball! After the 2020 Minor League season was canceled due to COVID-19, baseball returned to the Minors in 2021, albeit under a different structure. Low-A went from two leagues (Midwest and South Atlantic) to three (East, Southeast, West), and the representatives from each will go straight to the

Rangers righty Otto thriving closer to home

No. 24 prospect made quick leap to Majors after trade from Yanks
September 9, 2021

As the Trade Deadline approached in late July, then-Yankees prospect Glenn Otto knew something could go down at any moment. Otto was in the rotation for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre while the team was on a road trip in Syracuse. It wasn’t his day on the mound, so he was bouncing back

Scouting report: Rangers' Justin Foscue

Texas' 2020 first-rounder surging since return from injury
July 27, 2021's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at second-ranked Pirates prospect Nick Gonzales. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

2021 Prospect Projections: AL West rookies

How Astros, Halos, M's, A's, Rangers prospects could fare in 2021
February 10, 2021

This is the fifth in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer 600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for

Rangers land backstop Heim in veteran swap

Catching prospect heads to Texas with Davis, Andrus on the move
February 6, 2021

While Khris Davis and Elvis Andrus headlined the exchange of veteran mainstays between the Athletics and Rangers on Saturday, Texas also scored a catching prospect as part of the five-player trade. Jonah Heim, who entered the weekend as the Athletics’ ninth-ranked prospect, headed to Texas, joining a catching stable that

The Show Before the Show: Episode 292

Rangers pick Foscue shares stories about early days in pro ball
January 22, 2021

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Rays add three prospects in trade for Lowe

Rangers send Basabe, Hernandez, Ovalles for infielder, Guenther
December 10, 2020

Trade season is in full effect for the Rays and Rangers. Tampa Bay acquired prospects Osleivis Basabe, Heriberto Hernandez and Alexander Ovalles in exchange for Nate Lowe, Jake Guenther and a player to be named later, the clubs announced on Thursday.

Righty Dunning heading to Rangers

Chicago gives up No. 98 overall prospect, Weems to get Lynn
December 8, 2020

Dane Dunning is on the move again.'s No. 98 overall prospect and left-hander Avery Weems were traded to the Rangers for right-hander Lance Lynn. Reports came in late Monday night with both clubs confirming Tuesday afternoon.

Rangers' Crouse on track for 2021 return

Sixth-ranked prospect had elbow surgery following '19 season
November 12, 2020

The Rangers got positive returns from a lot of highly regarded prospects on the field at their alternate training site during baseball’s off-kilter 2020 season. One of Texas’ top talents wasn’t included in that group, but he's still been progressing in the offseason. Sixth-ranked Rangers prospect Hans Crouse has become

State of the System: Texas Rangers

Huff, Taveras among those with valuable big league time in 2020
October 16, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s new State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Rangers opened up Globe Life Park

Rangers' Huff has Texas-sized night with bat

No. 70 overall prospect uses both fields in first multi-homer game
September 26, 2020

Sam Huff’s 60-grade power figures to do a lot of damage from the middle of the Rangers’ lineup at Globe Life Field for years to come. Consider what happened Friday night to be an appropriate first act. The second-ranked Rangers prospect launched his first home run at Texas’ new ballpark

Rangers' Vanasco to undergo Tommy John surgery

No. 18 Texas prospect likely to miss 2021 after elbow procedure
September 18, 2020

Ricky Vanasco wasn't able to pitch in a Minor League game in 2020. It's unlikely he will be able to do so in 2021 either. The Rangers' No. 18 prospect will undergo Tommy John surgery, Texas announced Friday. The elbow procedure will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister next Monday

Rangers calling up Huff for MLB debut

Texas adding No. 75 overall prospect following Trevino injury
September 10, 2020

The catching position is about to get a whole lot bigger in Texas. The Rangers are adding No. 75 overall prospect Sam Huff to the Major League roster prior to Thursday's game against the Angels, the club announced. Outfielder Scott Heineman was optioned to the alternate training site to make