The Texas Rangers swapped pitchers within the organization Thursday, as the club has recalled Matt West from Triple-A Round Rock, and optioned Phil Irwin to Triple-A.
West has a combined 4-2 record with a 3.13 ERA over 27 relief appearances with Round Rock and Double-A Frisco this season, posting 38 strikeouts against 10 walks. WFAA minor league beat writer Kate Morrison included this on West in her Minor League Mailbag from a month ago:
"He pitched incredibly well in Frisco, putting up a 0.68 ERA in 13.1 innings before being promoted to AAA Round Rock, where he’s run into some problems. Right now, West has a 5.68 ERA, but has only allowed one homer and two doubles, so some of his inflated numbers could be attributed to luck. While he’s probably not a major league ‘pen option right this second, it’ll be worth checking back in on him later this season."
Partly by necessity and partly due to performance, that “later this season” has arrived.
West was originally drafted by the Rangers out of Houston’s Bellaire High School in 2007 as an outfielder, and he spent the first four years of his professional career as a position player before converting to the mound in 2011. The 2014 season is the first time in his career to play above A-ball.
Irwin, who was acquired by the Rangers on a waiver claim from Pittsburgh on May 28, made one spot start for Texas on Tuesday. He allowed three earned runs in four innings in a loss to the Astros in his Ranger debut.
Irwin arrived in Arlington on Monday, with the official announcement of his addition to the major league roster coming Tuesday when Nick Martinez was moved to the disabled list. Irwin was 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA in seven games with Round Rock before being promoted to the big league club.
With four games remaining before the All-Star break, Irwin being demoted in favor of a reliever and Martinez on the disabled list, the starter for Sunday’s game is to be determined.
West has the chance to be the third Ranger to make his major league debut, along with Mendez and outfielder Jake Smolinski.
Texas has 39 players on its 40-man roster with Thursday’s roster moves.
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