When asked who the Rangers received in the John Danks trade with the White Sox, most Rangers fans would likely answer with Brandon McCarthy.
However, the Rangers received one other player in the trade. Though he wasn't particularly well known at the time, outfielder David Paisano has all the tools needed to become an outstanding baseball player.
A 19-year-old native of Cumana, Venezuela, Paisano impressed the Rangers with his play in the Venezuelan Summer League last year. As a member of the White Sox organization, the outfielder hit .338 with 13 doubles, seven triples, and eight stolen bases in 52 games.
On December 12 of last offseason, the Rangers flipped John Danks, Nick Masset, and minor league pitcher Jacob Rasner to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Brandon McCarthy and Paisano. The outfielder says he learned of the trade through a scout.
"I got a call from a scout and he told me that I had been traded," said Paisano.
When the Rangers traded for Paisano, he was playing winterball for the Tiburones – or Sharks – de La Guaira in his native Venezuela. One of the younger players in the league, Paisano played sparingly, going 2-for-24 at the plate with a pair of walks.
"I am going to play winterball again," said Paisano. "I would like to have more of a chance to play in Venezuela."
Shortly after his Venezuelan Winter League season was over, the Rangers brought him to the United States for the first time. Paisano says once he made it to the states, the Rangers did a lot to make him feel comfortable.
"The Rangers have given me a lot of attention," said Paisano. "They have really worked with me a lot."
When Paisano came to the U.S., he didn't know many players, but he did have one friend in the organization.
"I knew [Bakersfield pitcher] Kendy Batista," he said. "We played together in Venezuela last summer and winter."
Paisano, who says the Rangers mostly worked on his offense when he was in extended spring training in Arizona, has already earned a reputation as one of the best defensive outfielders in the system. With a strong arm and above-average range, the organization is high on Paisano's glove.
Instead of sending the youngster to the Rookie League or Short-Season Spokane, the Rangers elected to send Paisano to Single-A Clinton in mid-season. Though the outfielder has struggled at the plate, he doesn't feel overmatched.
"I just relaxed and tried to do my job," he said. "It's just baseball."
Though he had problems at first, Paisano's offense is beginning to improve. Over his last 11 games, the speedy outfielder has hit .294 (10-for-34) with two doubles, one triple, and one home run. He has also drawn five walks and stolen five bases during that time. The outfielder credits his comfort for his recent success.
"I felt a little uptight during the first few days," explained Paisano. "But now I'm a little more confident and relaxed. I'll be ok."
Special thanks to Ivan Izquierdo for translating the interview.
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