Getting to know
RHP Jake Brigham
Ever since the Rangers drafted him in 2006, Jake Brigham pictured himself making his big-league debut with the team. The hard-throwing right-hander overcame Tommy John elbow surgery in 2008 and had risen up through the farm system.
Brigham, 25, started last season at Double A Frisco and was on the radar as a possible mid-season call up. But that never materialized as the Rangers sent Brigham to the Chicago Cubs for Geovany Soto at the trade deadline.
“It was definitely bittersweet,” Brigham said. “I wanted to break into the big leagues with Texas, but the opportunity to do that with the Cubs was good, too.”
Brigham had a short stay in the Cubs’ organization, though. His season was cut short with a right elbow strain, and the Rangers re-acquired him for Barret Loux last November.
Brigham is in camp with a chance to compete for a bullpen spot. He has gotten off to a rough start, serving up a home run to Nelson Cruz in an intrasquad game and a homer to Brandon Wood on Saturday. But it’s still early and Brigham has plenty of time to turn it around.
He said it
“I never faced him. But my vision facing him was him throwing me a 96-97 mph fastball, a 100 mph if he wanted to, and I pull up some chalk on the left-field line.” — Ron Washington on how a potential at-bat against Nolan Ryan would go
Number of the day
1Ron Washington took one Hall of Fame pitcher deep in his career. He homered off Phil Niekro in 1986.
Videos of the day
Watch manager Ron Washington’s daily media briefing on Martin Perez, as well as Matt Harrison talk about his outing Sunday on our Rangers blog, Foul Territory.