The mid-winter awards banquet, which is normally in Dallas, will be at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth Jan. 29. Tickets are on sale at www.texasrangers.com. The only award the Rangers have announced is that Elvis Andrus is the team's rookie of the year, which is like admitting that it's been raining a lot lately.
Among other Rangers-related news the team has announced:
Matt Harrison will make his Arizona Fall League debut Tuesday. It's the first time he's pitched since surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
Luis Mendoza has looked good in the Mexican Winter League. He's 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts for Obregon.
Several Rangers prospects have contributed for the division-leading Surprise in the AFL. RHP Danny Gutierrez improved to 2-0 with a win in Surprise’s 10-9 road victory on Wednesday over the Peoria Saguaros. Gutierrez, who tossed 3.2 scoreless innings on Wednesday, has compiled 6.2 scoreless innings over 2 starts with the Rafters. RHP Brennan Garr worked a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday’s victory, recording a pair of strikeouts. RHP Tanner Scheppers, the club’s supplemental first round draft selection this year, has made 2 appearances out of the bullpen for Surprise, recording 4 strikeouts over 3.0 innings of work. At the plate, OF Mitch Moreland has batted .313 (5-16) with one home run and 2 RBI over 4 games.
Kevin Millwood is one of ten finalists for the 2009 Hutch Award, which is presented annually to the major league player who best exemplifies the honor, courage, and dedication of renowned baseball player and manager Fred Hutchinson, who passed away due to cancer in 1964 while managing the Cincinnati Reds.