Rangers Claim Pitcher With Impressive Strikeout Numbers Off Waivers From Angels

The Texas Rangers have bolstered their bullpen by claiming left-handed pitcher Kolton Ingram off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.

Amidst a challenging start to the season and injuries to key pitchers like Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, as well as third baseman Josh Jung, the Rangers see Ingram as a valuable addition.

Despite his limited major league exposure in 2023, where he displayed potential with a strong strikeout ability, Ingram brings a record of minor league success, including a career 3.27 ERA and 248 strikeouts across 150 appearances and 203.2 innings (30% K rate).

Ingram's specific skill set, particularly his effective fastball/slider combination against left-handed hitters, slashing just .151/.245/.186 against him in 2023 and hit just .141/.243/.219 the year before, addresses a critical gap in the Rangers’ bullpen.

With left-handed relievers like Brock Burke sidelined and rookie Jacob Latz as the primary left-handed option, Ingram’s presence provides the Rangers with much-needed depth and flexibility.

This move also allows the Rangers to manage their roster more dynamically, shuttling Ingram between Triple-A Round Rock and Arlington as game situations demand.

As the Rangers aim to defend their World Series title and improve upon their early season performance, Ingram’s acquisition offers a blend of immediate relief and strategic depth.

The team is hopeful that his ability to miss bats will translate effectively to major league success, helping to stabilize their bullpen as they navigate the rest of the season and await the return of their injured stars. Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports