Chris Woodward announced before the game on Thursday that Joe Palumbo will get the start in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader against Oakland. “He’s been throwing the ball really well,” Woodward said. “He’s thrown strikes. It’ll be a good opportunity for him.”
The Rangers drafted Palumbo in the 30th round of the 2013 June draft. The Rangers drafted him straight out of high school, from St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, NY. In 2017, Tommy John surgery sidelined Palumbo on his left elbow and returned back to the minors in 2018.
Joe Palumbo is mostly a three-pitch pitcher. He utilizes a fastball, curveball, and changeup. His fastball isn’t electric, but it can touch to the mid-nineties in velocity. The command can be an issue for Palumbo and his heater. His curveball is a pitch that he’s been working on that can rage in the mid-seventies. Palumbo’s changeup works with mighty deception in the arm speed. A major factor in Palumbo’s success is his ability to use any pitch in any given count. Predictability is a phenomenon the Rangers got victimized on early in the season and are deviating away from according to Julio Rangel and Chris Woodward.
The @CCHooks have sent ten batters to the plate tonight.
— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) June 3, 2019
This season for AA Frisco, Palumbo has made nine starts and one relief appearance. Palumbo struck out 65 hitters faced and allowed an opponent batting average of .222. In his minor league career, he’s struck out nearly 39% of batters faced. However, walks are a bug-a-boo for the southpaw. On the season, Palumbo walks 4.12 hitters per nine innings.
The task is heavy on Saturday for Palumbo as the Oakland Athletics bring out a heavy dose of right handed hitters. In 2019, the Athletics are hitting .277 against left-handed pitching (5th in MLB), and slug the second highest in MLB (.508). The script right now for the Rangers is that Palumbo makes his start on Saturday and will head back to the minors afterward, regardless of the result. A dominant and even successful start would lean toward a rotation spot quick in the future. Woodward clarified, “most likely, he’ll still go back down, but it gives us an option moving forward if something were to happen to our rotation.”
At this point, the goal is to give Palumbo a shot in the big leagues. However, the expectations for the youngster are long-term. “If it’s only one start and he goes back, great, it’s a good experience for him.” Woodward stated, “We’re not asking to take on the fifth spot for the rest of the year.” The future is bright for this organization, and fans will view it firsthand on Saturday. It’ll be a fun welcome to the Adrian Beltre ceremony that evening.
2020 NFL Draft Recap
It was almost too good to be true. That was the sentiments echoing around...
Go back and look at any creditable mock draft and try to find one...
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN.com – Xavier McKinney, S School: Alabama | Year: Junior “McKinney called...
COVID-19 Latest News and Information
- Three Rangers with the most future money on the line in a condensed 2020 season
- ‘We all got a little more extra juice now’: Kristaps Porzingis on the NBA season restart
- Summer Camp begins for the Rangers; four things to pinpoint before the season starts
- Spieth and many other big names out as the PGA Tour heads to Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic
- FC Dallas in the spotlight due to to nine reported positive COVID-19 tests in Orlando
- A Dak Prescott decision needs to made
- Dustin Johnson wins the Traveler’s Championship on Sunday with weather delays
- Texas Rangers Fanatic Podcast Ep. 1: Notes on the planned 2020 season
- What to expect from the WNBA 2020 season
- News of COVID-19 cases continues tough month of off-field happenings for Rangers