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Friday on the Farm: Jack Leiter shows Rangers he can be a big-league option

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — The best thing for Jack Leiter’s continued development, Rangers general manager Chris Young said Friday, is for the right-hander to open the 2024 season at Triple A Round Rock.

Young left some wiggle room, saying it’s “unlikely” that Leiter will be on the Rangers’ Opening Day roster, and stranger things have happened. Just hop in the Way Back Machine to the final week of spring training in 2014.

Leiter will travel with the Rangers to Arlington and will be on hand Monday and Tuesday for the games against the Red Sox just in case. He has earned the opportunity to still be in big-league camp.

“He’s in consideration based on how he’s performed,” Young said.

What is certain is that Leiter, the second overall pick in the 2021 draft, has delivered this spring and put himself squarely in the mix for a big-league opportunity this season.

He needs to continue to pitch well in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but he is more confident than ever that he will have success after two lackluster seasons at Double A Frisco to open his career.

One reason for the turnaround this spring is what some in the organization have thought was needed: Let Leiter figure out what works on his own.

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 March 23, 2024

    Too many pitchers have been rushed for this to be a good idea.


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