December 2nd, 2011
It’s that time of year where major league teams are wheeling and dealing. Here are three former ‘Riders who have recently packed their bags because of a major league trade or free agency:
1. Taylor Teagarden
Of the three, the Rangers’ trade of Taylor is the most recent and the most talked about in DFW. The Rangers announced the trade yesterday afternoon, dealing the Dallas native, and former University of Texas star, to Baltimore for right-handed pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the PTBNL won’t be determined until after the Rule-5 draft next Thursday.
We’re now all familiar with what Mike Napoli is capable of, and Yorvit Torrealba proved to be capable as well. With both catchers under contract for 2012, the odds of Taylor making the major league roster out of spring training wasn’t good. In Baltimore he’ll now be backing up Matt Wieters.
Meanwhile, Henry is a 21-year-old Arnett Ok. native. Selected in the 4th round of 2009 by Baltimore, Henry has worked exclusively out of the bullpen in his brief two-year minor league career. He spent 2011 in Low-A and High-A and combined to go 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA in 52 2/3 innings with eight walks and 40 strikeouts.
According to Durrett, “Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus tweeted that Henry has a plus fastball with command and good velocity and sink on his pitches. One scout said he throws between 90-93 mph with a nice slider and is a good athlete.”
Always a chance we’ll see him in Frisco in 2012.
2. Josh Lueke
Josh only made 15 appearances with the ‘Riders in 2010 before being dealt with Matt Lawson, Blake Beavan, and Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee deal. Josh had an overpowering 96-98 mph fastball that he struggled to control at times against Texas League batters.
In 25 games with the M’s this year, the former 16th round pick went 1-1, 6.06 ERA in 25 games. Now 26-years-old, Josh also pitched in 30 games with Triple-A Tacoma in 2011 and went 2-4, 2.76 ERA.
3. Brandon Boggs
The RoughRiders’ center fielder in 2007, Brandon Boggs recently signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Originally from (my hometown of) St. Louis, Boggs was a 4th round pick of the Rangers in 2004. On November 23, 2010, Boggs signed a major league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, but was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville near the end of spring training 2011. He declared for free agency on October 17, 2011.
In 104 games with Frisco in 2007, the switch hitter hit .266 with 19 home runs and 66 runs batted in. Now 28-years-old, Boggs played in 94 games with Nashville in 2011 hitting .241 with 9 homers and 28 RBIs.
All the best to these three former ‘Riders in new homes.