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Rangers sign Minor League free-agent right-hander Warner Madrigal
11/18/2007 11:30 AM ET
ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has agreed to terms with Minor League free-agent right-hander Warner Madrigal. Madrigal was added to the 40-man roster.

Madrigal, 23, has spent his first seven professional seasons in the Angels organization. He was an outfielder for the bulk of his first six pro campaigns before being converted to a pitcher late in 2006.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Madrigal is coming off his first full year on the mound. He spent all of last season with Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League, going 5-4 with 20 saves and a 2.07 ERA (61 innings, 14 earned runs) in 54 relief appearances. He had 75 strikeouts against 23 walks and held opponents to a .202 (44-218) average for the year. The .202 opponents' average was third-lowest among relievers, while his 11.07 strikeouts per nine innings was second-highest for any Midwest League relief pitcher. Madrigal ranked among league leaders this season in games (third), games finished (third, 40), and saves (fourth).

In his pitching debut in 2006, Madrigal went 2-1 with five saves and a 3.75 ERA (12 innings, five earned runs) in 12 relief appearances for the Angels' Arizona League entry. He was a career .272 hitter in the Minors before converting to a pitcher. His best season at the plate came in 2003, when he hit .369 with nine homers, 28 doubles and 51 RBIs in 70 games for Provo. That year, he led the Pioneer League in hits (103), total bases (162), slugging (.581), runs (75), extra-base hits (39) and doubles.

Madrigal has not allowed a run over his first six appearances for the Escogido Lions in the Dominican Winter League this offseason. Originally signed by the Angels on July 21, 2001, he was declared a Minor League free agent on Oct. 29.

With this signing, the Rangers now have 37 players on the club's 40-man roster.

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