Texas Rangers

January 14, 2014

Rougned Odor, Luke Jackson take Rangers’ top minor league honors

Neftali Felix, Alexi Ogando, Mitch Moreland and Neal Cotts file for salary arbitration.

Second baseman Rougned Odor and right-hander Luke Jackson, who finished 2013 at Double A Frisco, were named the Tom Grieve Minor League Player and Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year in the Texas Rangers organization.

Odor, a Venezuelan who is considered the Rangers’ top prospect, batted .305 with 41 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs, 78 RBIs, 32 stolen bases and 85 runs as a 19-year-old at Class A Myrtle Beach and Double A Frisco.

Jackson, selected 45th overall in the 2010 draft, was 11-4 with a 2.04 ERA and 134 strikeouts with Myrtle Beach and Frisco. His .202 opponents’ average was the seventh-lowest among all minor leaguers in full-season leagues, and his ERA was eighth-best.

Outfielder Jake Skole (top defender) and left-hander Alexander Claudio (top reliever) also will be honored Jan. 24 at the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine.

Four file

First baseman Mitch Moreland, left-hander Neal Cotts and right-hander Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando were among the 146 players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday.

The more significant deadline involving arbitration-eligibles arrives Friday, when clubs and players exchange salary figures.

No Rangers player has gone to an arbitration hearing since Jon Daniels took over as general manager in October 2005.

Two promoted

Gil Kim has been promoted to director of international scouting, and Rafic Saab to director of scouting in Latin America.

Kim replaces Mike Daly, who earlier in the off-season was named senior director of minor league operations. Saab is credited with having signed left-hander Martin Perez out of Venezuela in 2007.

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