27. Mike Minor — Texas Rangers
Watching a Rangers game in 2019 will be very strange. Adrian Beltre’s decision to retire will leave a hole in both the Rangers’ clubhouse and in our hearts. That being said, when you turn on the television Opening Day, Mike Minor will take the mound as Texas’ ace.
After spending the entire 2017 season in the Kansas City bullpen, Minor started 28 games for the Rangers in 2018. For making half of his starts in a hitters ballpark, Minor posted decently impressive numbers. The lefty surrendered 7.9 H9 and 25 HR. Minor has good depth on his slider, which is crucial to his success. One major worry for Minor and the Rangers is his health. Minor missed all of ’15 and most of ’16 with shoulder problems.
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26. Anthony DeSclafani — Cincinnati Reds
Mired in mediocrity since their World Series win in 1990, the Reds have bolstered their rotation over the past few weeks. In acquiring Tanner Roark, Sonny Gray, and Alex Wood from the Nationals, Yankees and Dodgers respectively, Cincinnati has added much-needed depth to its stable of pitchers.
Headlining the group, however, is DeSclafani. After missing all of ’17, DeSclafani went through some natural growing pains last season. The righty needs to utilize his curveball more this season. If he can control his curve, he should garner more whiffs. Before last year, DeSclafani had lowered his ERA each year in the majors — he should return closer to the 3.28 ERA he posted in 2016, as opposed to his 4.93 mark last season.
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