Evans fanned 100 batters over 60 innings between High-A Down East and Double-A Frisco in 2019, but command issues prevented the Rangers from giving him a late-season callup, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reprots.
Evans is strictly a reliever and doesn't pop up on many prospect lists as a result, but his raw stuff is closer worthy. He held opponents to a .119 average and posted an eye-popping 0.90 ERA last season. His high-spin rate fastball tops out at 98 MPH and sits between 94 and 96, but command is a big issue. While the right-hander struck out 14.5 batters per nine innings, Evans also walked 5.3, down from the 6.9 he posted in 2018. He was added to the 40-man roster during the offseason and could reach MLB in 2020.
Evans was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Wednesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
After spending the past five seasons in the minor-league system, Evans was added to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. The 23-year-old reached the Double-A level last season, where he recorded a 0.96 ERA and a 60:22 K:BB over 37.2 innings pitched. While he was effective in 2019, he likely still has some time to go before reaching the majors.
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