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Friday on the Farm: Finding a roster fit for players overdue for roles in majors

Jake Latz was with the Rangers throughout the postseason as part of the taxi squad MLB rules permitted (Rangers Today/Jeff Wilson).


SURPRISE, Ariz. — MLB rules permit for playoff teams to travel with a taxi squad, a group of up to five players who work out with the club and stay ready in case the need arises for a roster substitution.

The Rangers had a need in the World Series, when right-hander Max Scherzer and right fielder Adolis Garcia were injured in Game 3. The Rangers replaced them with taxi-squad members Ezequiel Duran and Brock Burke.

Another player in the group was Jake Latz, who was added to the 40-man roster late in the regular season to replace Ian Kennedy in the bullpen. Though he never pitched in October, Latz was with the club for all four playoff series and celebrations.

“It was really special to be a part of that,” he said. “They wanted me to stick around in case anything happened. It didn’t happen, but being around the team and seeing them go about their business in the playoffs was really cool to take in.”

Latz headlines a group of players who have been in the system since at least 2020 — so, not Wyatt Langford — and are hoping to establish themselves as options for the Rangers this season. At the very least, they are large blips on the radar.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger February 24, 2024

    No clue how Ornelas got promoted before Foscue and Crim except for bad management


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