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Friday, March 19, 2004

DMN on the Rangers minor league pitching 

Nice piece in the DMN today about the young pitchers in the Rangers' farm system.

Since it was written by Todd Wills, rather than Gerry Fraley or Evan Grant, it is even free of the usual backhanded compliments and wailing about how much better the farm would be if Tom Hicks had kept Doug Melvin around...

The most interesting thing in my mind is that, according to this article, Erik Thompson and Kameron Loe will both be starting the season at AA Frisco, with John Hudgins and Wes Littleton starting at high-A Stockton. Loe and Thompson each split last season between Stockton and low-A Clinton, and although they dominated at each level, there has been some thought that they'd start the season at Stockton before moving up to Frisco. That, apparently, won't be the case.

Similarly, while Littleton impressed everyone with his performance in short-season ball at Spokane, Hudgins was essentially shut down after the College World Series. It is an indication of how highly the organization thinks of Littleton and Hudgins, and how advanced Fuson & Co. think these two are, that they are apparently skipping low-A and going straight to high-A. There's some talk that Littleton, whom BA called the most advanced prospect in California last year, may actually pitch in the majors this year...

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