Among the five players on this list, Luke Jackson could be a bit of a long shot for getting promoted to the Rangers in September, but he deserves a chance.
The biggest thing that Jackson could have against him is that he has spent the majority of the season with the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. During his time with the Pelicans, he posted a 9-4 record over 19 starts. He had a nice 2.41 ERA to go with 104 strikeouts and 47 walks.
His numbers with the Pelicans speak for themselves, as do his numbers with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders.
The biggest reason that Jackson could be promoted is because of his solid outings with the RoughRiders. He has appeared in just four games for the team since being promoted, starting three of those games, but he has done a very nice job over that span.
Through those four games, Jackson has yet to allow a run in 18 innings and is holding opposing hitters to a .133 average. He has 20 strikeouts and nine walks with Frisco to go with a 1-0 record—all great numbers for a guy who was just promoted.
The fact that he has elevated his game to another level since being called up gives a small reason to believe that he could find himself with the Rangers for the last month of the season. The Orioles did something very similar with pitcher Dylan Bundy last season, when Budy had almost the same amount of experience in the minors as Jackson has now.
Although Bundy is a starting pitcher, Baltimore promoted him to the majors the last month of the season and worked him out of the bullpen. I would expect something similar to happen with Jackson. He still has time to get another start or two in Double-A before we get to September.
Despite little experience in Double-A, look to see if the ninth-ranked prospect in the Rangers' minor league system gets a call to the majors shortly.
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