Monday, March 19, 2012

Rangers hoping another young Dominican pitcher works out well after success of Dominican pitcher Ogando

Alexi Ogando made the switch from outfield to pitcher after the Rangers signed him as an outfielder back in 2005.  After the whole fake birth certificate fiasco, Ogando made his way to the states, and on to the big league roster as a closer.  After one year as a closer, he moved to the starting rotation, and made an All-Star team and pitched in a World Series.

Another young Dominican pitcher is hoping to have similar success in the Rangers system.  Johan Yan had a breakthrough year last in AA.  He pitched some as a closer and some as a starter.  Yan is still developing as a pitcher, so the Rangers are not sure where he will land in the big leagues.  But either as a starter or closure, the Rangers think he will be their next big time Dominican pitcher, to go along with Ogando and Neftali Feliz, just to name two.

Ogando and Yan are both from the famed city of San Pedro de Macoris.  Feliz is from Azua, Dominican Republic.
Johan Yan hopes to follow in steps of fellow Dominican pitcher Alexi Ogando (seen here), photo by mjl816 on Flickr

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