Every kid from nine to 90 that ever put on a baseball uniform can answer that question.
From the day the team left Washington and traipsed across the Tarrant County line into Arlington the Rangers have needed pitching. Starting pitching to be exact.
The team has long been known for offensive prowess. In fact, there is a whole plethora of ex-Rangers out there that have been traded and gone on to become All-Stars for other teams. Alas the team has been unable to trade those stalwarts for solid pitching.
Free agency has not been kind the the Rangers in the pitching department as well.
Free agent prospects quickly point out that the Ballpark in Arlington is a hitter’s park and that the heat and humidity is definitely a negative factor in signing with the Texas American League franchise.
Finally, the Rangers have begun to address the glaring need via the MLB draft.
The first two choices this season are right handed pitchers Blake Beavan and Michael Main. Both are high school seniors.
Beavan, at 6-7, attracts a lot of attention because of his size and because he throws his fast ball at 96 mph. He is a product of Irving High School and is well acclimated to the H and H (heat and humidity) of the Metromess.
Beavan was 8-2 this season with a 0.21 ERA. He pitched 66 innings with 124 strikeouts and only four walks.
Michael Main is from DeLand (Fla.) High School, where he compiled a 12-1 record with a 1.02 ERA. He had 121 strikeouts but also hit .457 with three homers, 22 RBIs and 24 steals as an outfielder. He also deals some speed with a fastball clocked at 97 mph.
The Rangers selected Kempsville (Va.) High School senior Neil Ramirez, another right handed pitcher. He went 6-2 with a 1.46 ERA and had 74 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.
The next selection was University of Alabama’s Tommy Hunter, another right handed hurler. Hunter is projected as a bull pen reliever.
The Rangers also picked up Evan Reed, a right hand pitcher from Cal Poly; John Gast, a lefty from Lake Brantley High School in Longwood, Fla. on the first day.
Day two of the draft saw the Rangers claw for more pitching.
They nabbed Robert Wilkins, RHP from Valhalla High School in El Cajon, Calif.; Andrew Laughter, RHP from the Univeristy of Louisiana-Lafayette; Anthony Ranaudo, RHP from St. Rose High School in Jackson, New Jersey; Drew Pomeranz, LHP from Collierville High School in Tenn.; Kyle Ocampo, RHP from Riverside Poly High School in Calif.; Hector Nelo from St. Thomas University and 17 more hurling hopefuls.
Jim Perry is a sports writer for the Daily Light and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org