Texas Rangers Make Surprising Spring Roster Cut

The Texas Rangers have made a surprising move by optioning right-handed pitcher Joe Barlow to Triple-A Round Rock.

Despite having impressive double-digit saves in his two seasons in the MLB and a career ERA of 2.81, Barlow's performance metrics indicated a different picture of his pitching abilities.

Nevertheless, Barlow had a strong showing in the Cactus League, with a 2.16 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 8.1 innings pitched, leading many to believe he would serve as the setup man for closer José Leclerc during the regular season.

However, the Rangers ultimately decided to keep long relievers such as Dane Dunning and Cole Ragans on the roster instead, leading to Barlow's demotion.

Barlow served as the Rangers' closer during the first half of the 2022 season, converting 13 of 17 save opportunities before he was demoted from the role after struggling a bit. He was soon after placed on the injured list.

The twenty-seven-year-old finished last season with a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts over 35 innings of work.

While Barlow may still have a chance to return to the major leagues this season, he has clearly fallen down the team's depth chart.
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