Minor League Opening Day shows how pitching has become the strength of Rangers’ farm system


FRISCO — It had been more than 600 days. There have been a lot of changes since the Frisco Roughriders last played a game. Back then, it was at Dr Pepper Stadium. Now, it’s Riders Field. Back then, the center of the organization was former Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg; now it’s former Rangers broadcaster Victor Rojas.

And get this: The focus on the field was on pitching. Pitching.

You read that right.

As the Rangers kicked off the minor league season with a 5-2 Roughriders win Tuesday, 18 months after the last official minor league season was completed, pitching is where the strength of the farm system lies. Now, the cynic might surmise that’s because top prospects Josh Jung, a third baseman, and Sam Huff, a catcher, are both recovering from surgeries and because center fielder Leody Taveras has already been demoted.

But it’s also not by default. Dare we say it, because, as…

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