2009 Rangers Instructional League Roster

The Texas Rangers have announced their roster and game schedule for the 2009 Fall Instructional League, which has already begun. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at the 56 young prospects that have descended on Surprise.

The Texas Rangers have sent 56 of their brightest young prospects to Surprise, Ariz., where they are participating in Fall Instructional League. The circuit features an 18-game schedule, with games kicking off on September 21 and ending on October 14. Players reported to the club's minor league facility in Surprise on September 15, and they began workouts on Wednesday morning.

In addition to the regular instructional league, the eight clubs located in Phoenix's west valley have formed an Advanced Instructional League to temporarily take the place of the now-defunct Hawaii Winter Baseball. The AIL will play a 14-game schedule beginning September 24.

The club's Instructional League roster features a number of familiar names and faces, but there are also ten players who signed 2010 contracts and have yet to play an inning of professional baseball. Additionally, six players have come to the U.S. after spending their summer in the Dominican Summer League.

Lone Star Dugout will be on-hand to provide observations, analysis, and interviews during the second week of October.

A complete listing of the Rangers' 2009 Instructional League roster and schedules are shown below.

Pitchers
Name Pos B/T HT WT DOB 2009 Club
Richard Alvarez RHP R/R 6'2 180 08/14/92 AZL Rangers
Chad Bell LHP R/L 6'3 200 02/28/89 Signed for 2010
Shawn Blackwell RHP R/R 6'5 195 11/15/90 Signed for 2010
Wilfredo Boscan RHP R/R 6'2 187 10/26/89 Hickory
Jake Brigham RHP R/R 6'3 210 02/10/88 Hickory
Andrew Doyle RHP R/R 6'3 200 11/12/87 Spokane/Hickory
Robbie Erlin LHP L/L 6'0 175 10/08/90 AZL Rangers
Edwin Escobar LHP L/L 6'1 185 04/22/92 AZL Rangers
Wilmer Font RHP R/R 6'4 210 05/24/90 Hickory
Daniel Gutierrez RHP R/R 6'1 180 03/08/87 Wilmington (KC)/Frisco
Justin Jamison RHP R/R 6'8 225 01/10/91 AZL Rangers
Justin King RHP R/R 6'5 185 10/06/86 Spokane
Michael Main RHP R/R 6'1 170 12/14/88 Bakersfield
Nick McBride RHP R/R 6'4 180 05/13/91 Signed for 2010
Carlos Melo RHP R/R 6'3 180 02/27/91 AZL Rangers
Francisco Mendoza RHP R/R 6'0 175 12/07/87 DSL Rangers
Justin Miller RHP R/R 6'3 190 06/13/87 AZL/SPO/BAK
Jose Monegro RHP R/R 6'3 200 09/19/89 AZL Rangers
Denny Peralta RHP R/R 6'4 171 12/11/89 DSL Rangers
David Perez RHP R/R 6'5 200 12/20/92 Signed for 2010
Martin Perez LHP L/L 6'0 178 04/04/91 Hickory/Frisco
Neil Ramirez RHP R/R 6'3 185 05/25/89 Hickory
Ezequiel Rijo RHP R/R 6'4 190 09/12/90 AZL Rangers
Robbie Ross LHP L/L 5'11 185 06/24/89 Spokane
Tanner Scheppers RHP R/R 6'4 200 01/17/87 Signed for 2010
Tim Steggall RHP R/R 6'1 200 08/18/88 Signed for 2010
Paul Strong LHP L/L 6'2 195 08/18/90 Signed for 2010
Matt Thompson RHP R/R 6'3 210 02/10/90 Spokane
Tyler Tufts RHP R/R 6'3 195 12/05/86 Hickory/Bakersfield
Braden Tullis RHP R/R 6'2 200 01/23/90 Spokane
Joe Wieland RHP R/R 6'3 175 01/21/90 Hickory

Catchers
Name Pos B/T HT WT DOB 2009 Club
Yefri Castillo C R/R 5'11 175 04/02/90 DSL Rangers
Leonel De Los Santos C R/R 5'10 170 10/02/89 Hickory
Vin DiFazio C R/R 6'0 215 05/15/86 Spokane/Hickory
Jose Felix C R/R 5'10 198 06/28/88 Bakersfield
Tomas Telis C B/R 5'8 175 06/18/91 AZL Rangers/Spokane

Infielders
Name Pos B/T HT WT DOB 2009 Club
Edwin Garcia SS B/R 6'0 160 03/01/91 AZL/SPO/BAK
Leury Garcia SS B/R 5'7 163 03/18/91 Hickory
Odubel Herrera 2B L/R 5'10 150 12/29/91 DSL Rangers
Santiago Hill 2B R/R 5'10 150 11/02/91 DSL Rangers
Ed Koncel 3B R/R 6'3 195 07/29/88 AZL Rangers/Hickory
Tom Mendonca 3B L/R 6'1 200 04/12/88 Spokane/Bakersfield
Clark Murphy 1B L/L 6'2 190 12/18/89 Spokane/Hickory
Michael Ortiz 1B L/L 6'2 200 05/02/89 AZL Rangers/Spokane
Jurickson Profar SS B/R 6'0 165 02/20/93 Signed for 2010
Luis Sardinas SS B/R 6'1 150 05/16/93 Signed for 2010
Emmanuel Solis 3B R/R 6'3 220 06/29/89 AZL Rangers/Spokane
Matt West 3B R/R 6'1 215 11/21/88 Hickory

Outfielders
Name Pos B/T HT WT DOB 2009 Club
Engel Beltre CF L/L 6'1 170 11/01/89 Bakersfield/Frisco
Joey Butler RF R/R 6'2 210 03/12/86 Bakersfield
Chris Garcia OF B/R 6'0 165 12/16/92 Signed for 2010
Braxton Lane OF B/R 5'10 190 12/30/90 AZL Rangers
Teodoro Martinez CF R/R 6'0 160 03/16/92 DSL Rangers
Guillermo Pimentel RF R/R 6'1 190 03/10/89 AZL Rangers
Ruben Sierra OF L/L 6'2 172 03/10/91 AZL Rangers
Miguel Velazquez OF R/R 6'2 205 05/15/88 AZL Rangers/Spokane


Fall Instructional League Game Schedule

Monday-Friday games played at 12:30 p.m. Saturday games played at 10:30 a.m. The final game, on October 14 against the Royals, will begin at 9:00 a.m.

September 21: vs. Milwaukee
September 22: at Cleveland
September 23: vs. Cleveland
September 24: at San Diego
September 26: at Chicago White Sox
September 28: vs. Chicago White Sox
September 29: at Kansas City
September 30: vs. LA Angels
October 2: vs. Seattle
October 3: at Chicago White Sox
October 5: at Cleveland
October 6: at San Diego
October 7: vs. Cincinnati
October 8: vs. San Diego
October 10: vs. Kansas City
October 12: vs. Chicago White Sox
October 13: at San Diego
October 14: vs. Kansas City

Advanced Instructional League Game Schedule

All AIL games will be played at 12:30 p.m. Rangers prospects will play with the Surprise team, which is comprised of players from Kansas City and Texas.

For further explanation on the Advanced Instructional League, check out this article from MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.

September 24: at Glendale
September 25: vs. Peoria
September 28: at Goodyear
September 29: vs. Glendale
October 1: at Peoria
October 2: vs. Goodyear
October 5: at Glendale
October 6: vs. Peoria
October 8: at Goodyear
October 9: vs. Glendale
October 12: at Peoria
October 13: vs. Goodyear
October 15: at Glendale
October 16: vs. Peoria



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