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Friday on the Farm: News and notes from around Rangers’ system

(Rangers Today/Jeff Wilson)

 

For an organization with the reputation of being unable to produce major-league pitchers from its farm system, the Rangers sure don’t have any problems shedding minor-league pitchers.

Good ones, too.

The latest is Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa, who was impressing at Double A Frisco after impressing in the Arizona Fall League. The Rangers shipped him to the White Sox for Robbie Grossman.

The Rangers also have traded away Cole Ragans, TK Roby and John King in the past year, and they lost Justin Slaten to the Red Sox in the Rule 5 draft.

But the result of the Ragans, Roby and King was a World Series title, and no one with the Rangers wants a do-over. The Slaten loss stings, but the Rangers are in a different phase than they were even before last season.

They are World Series contenders. Their roster is filled with talented players, which puts a squeeze on minor-leaguers who have been waiting for a shot. As contenders, if they have an area that needs improvement, they are going to make in-season trades.

One of the two reasons for building a farm system is to trade from it. If players turn into quality big-leaguers elsewhere, well, that’s the price of contending for a World Series.

It isn’t any fun for the player-development department or a traded player’s teammates. With the way things have gone this season for the Rangers, more trades are likely coming. Good players who could one day help the Rangers will likely be dealt.

The trade rates as the biggest news of the week with the Rangers’ farm system, but it wasn’t the only news.

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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