Tweeting Rangers Instructs
Melo touched 99 mph
Melo touched 99 mph
LoneStarDugout.com
Posted Oct 2, 2011


SURPRISE, Ariz. – After spending more than a week at the Texas Rangers' fall instructional league, Lone Star Dugout compiles all the tweets from the workouts and games in this story.



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September 23

  • Just like spring training, Mike Olt stands out big-time in any infield drill.

  • Ronald Guzman putting on a nice show in batting practice. Impressive raw power.

  • Wilmer Font, working his way back from TJ surgery, is throwing a simulated game on a back field.

  • Guzman's first at-bat: line drive single. Mazara's first: strikeout looking.

  • Guzman works count full and walks in his second plate appearance. Mazara frozen on a curve for another K. Guzman really impressive so far.

  • The Rangers took the huge leg kick out of Mazara's swing so he may be a little slower to come around.

  • Denny Peralta, a 6-foot-4 righty, was 89-94 mph in his first inning back from Tommy John. He was an upper-80s feel guy before surgery.

  • September 24

  • Good first inning for Luke Jackson. Fastball 91-95 mph. Two K's on good downer curveball. Changeup is inconsistent but flashes plus.

  • David Perez was phenomenal in extended spring, getting downhill and commanding 92-96 mph velo. Mechanics have been a big issue since, though

  • September 26

  • Hearing good things about Rangers 8th rd pick Kyle Hendricks so far. Dartmouth product throws strikes w/ 90-94 mph fastball and plus change.

  • LHP Victor Payano 90-92, top 93 in his first inning today. He can throw his changeup for strikes but it's a bit firm.

  • RHP Carlos Melo at 93-96 mph for the second consecutive outing. Throwing more strikes. Saw him in Spokane at 90-93 throwing no strikes.

  • Melo still has a few issues but today was easily the best stuff I've seen out of him.

  • Drew Robinson with a 400-plus foot HR to CF. Had a great extended spring, struggled big in Spokane, and off to a good start at instructs.

  • Jordan Akins showing definite development in BP. When asked to go the other way, he can do it with authority. It's looking easier for him.

  • Ronald Guzman and Jordan Akins are knocking the hell out of the ball going back-to-back in BP. Fun to watch.

  • Can definitely see plus defensive projection in young SS Luis Marte. Smooth actions, good range, strong arm.

  • Guzman single up the middle and Akins follows with a two-run homer to left-center.

  • Akins takes a fastball down and in for a double down the left field line and steals third two pitches later. Impressive day for him.

  • September 27

  • The Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert and Rangers' Christian Villanueva taking infield at 3B before the advanced instructs game. That's a nice duo.

  • Nice first inning of work for lefty Will Lamb, the Rangers' second round pick. Working 91-94 mph with a good hard slurve between 77 and 83.

  • Jurickson Profar with singles in each of his first two at-bats. One from the left and one from the right.

  • Rough inning for Fabio Castillo with mechanics and fastball all over the place at 91-94 mph. Disappointing year for the 40-man roster guy.

  • A couple nice at-bats from Engel Beltre. Worked count full from 0-2 and hustled out an opposite-field double then drew a walk.

  • Interesting inning for Ryan Rodebaugh. Two first-pitch outs, a four-pitch walk, and a pickoff. Out of the inning after throwing two strikes.

  • Inconsistent inning from Francisco Mendoza but fastball was up to 96 mph, slider up to 89. He was dominant late in the season with Hickory.

  • Matt West strikes out the side around two singles. Sat 94-95 mph, reached 97. All three K's on the 79-81 mph curve with two-plane break.

  • West has easy heat, and he often sat at 95-97 this year. The breaking ball command was extremely impressive.

  • September 28

  • Impressive raw power in batting practice from 3B Smerling Lantigua today. He was an under the radar Dominican Summer League guy.

  • Ryan Strausborger playing second base in instructs game today. Was a plus CF this year but being groomed as a super-utility type.

  • Roman Mendez at 92-95 for second straight outing. SL looks like a future plus pitch with late bite. Change is a work in progress but flashes

  • Rangers instructs lineup currently going Akins, Alfaro, Guzman, Mazara. Alfaro is 2-for-2 with a pair of singles.

  • Kellin Deglan has been scuffling, but he just jumped on a fastball and crushed it way out to RF. Swing still a bit long but has raw power.

  • 3-for-3 with 3 singles for Alfaro. One infield to 3B and two hard grounders - one up the middle and one to right. And now doubled off 1st.

  • September 29

  • Rangers instructs playing at the Dodgers complex today. Don Mattingly on hand. And Julio Borbon batting leadoff for the Rangers.

  • Lots of 99 mph fastballs from Carlos Melo today. Sitting 96-99 so far.

  • The positive on Melo: 96-99 with late life. The negative: four walks in that inning. At least the stuff is there now, though.

  • Francisco Mendoza's 87-90 mph slider is one of the better breaking balls in the system. Sharp break with late tilt. Commands it pretty well.




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