Tuesday newsletter time: Adolis Garcia bows out early in Home Run Derby
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The Rangers have had a participant in the Home Run Derby each of the past three years, and none of them made it past the first round.
Joey Gallo was knocked off in 2021, Corey Seager ran into Julio Rodriguez in 2022 and Adolis Garcia was ousted Monday by best buddy Randy Arozarena.
Garcia finished with only 17 home runs and didn’t hit any beyond 440 feet, which cost him a 30-second bonus. He seemed pretty petered out at the end, so 30 seconds might not have mattered.
And everyone blaming third-base coach Tony Beasely, who was throwing to Garcia, can go skip a rope.
Garcia was tired at the end. Imagine the toll another round or two would have taken on the Rangers starting right fielder and the MLB leader in RBIs (75).
Arozarena reached the finals, where he lost to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
With the All-Star Game headed to Globe Life Field next season, expect a Rangers player to be included for a fourth straight derby.
My money is on Josh Jung.
We’ll find out in a mere 12 months.
AL lineup revealed
Marcus Semien will bat first tonight for the American League in the All-Star Game, and Corey Seager will bat fourth as five Rangers clog the lineup manager Dusty Baker revealed Monday afternoon.
Garcia will bat sixth, and Jung and Jonah Heim will bat eighth and ninth.
Baker said that he put Heim at the bottom of the lineup because of how he plans to swap in backup catcher Adley Rutschman.
“I’ve got so many great players, somebody had to hit ninth,” Baker said.
The Rangers missed out on a sixth All-Star starter when Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole was selected as the starting pitcher over Rangers righty Nathan Eovaldi, among others.
But Baker said he will try to get Eovaldi in the game while the other five Rangers are still in the lineup.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet,” Baker said. “I haven’t spoken to our pitching coach yet who is going to talk to him. So, yes, right now we’re planning on getting everybody in there probably on one inning that’s available.”
The Rangers selected five pitchers among their seven selections on the second day of the MLB Draft, and they all fall into the category of power arms.
Their first pick was right-hander Skylar Hales, from Santa Clara, in the fourth round after they forfeited their second- and third-round picks for the free-agent signings of right-handers Jacob deGrom and Eovaldi. Hales was a starter and a reliever in college.
Right-hander Caden Scarborough was the only prep player selected, and catcher Julian Brock (Louisiana) and outfielder Quincy Scott (Palomar College) were the only two position players picked.
Amateur scouting director Kip Fagg said that he expects all drafted players to forego college commitments and sign with the Rangers.
The draft ends today with rounds 11-20. The Rangers used their first-round pick Sunday night on Florida outfielder Wyatt Langford at No. 4 overall.
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