1/14/2014 8:51 P.M. ET
Rangers distribute annual Minor League awards
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers announced that infielder Rougned Odor has been named the 2013 winner of the Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year Award and Luke Jackson has been named the Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In addition, outfielder Jake Skole was named Defender of the Year and Alexander Claudio was named Reliever of the Year.
Odor split last season between Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach and Double A Frisco, hitting .305 with 85 runs scored, 41 doubles, six triples, 11 home runs, 78 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 130 games and 569 plate appearances.
Jackson, the 45th overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Calvary Christian (Fla.) High School, also split time between Myrtle Beach and Frisco. He made 23 starts and two relief appearances, going 11-4 with a 2.04 ERA. He had a 1.18 WHIP and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Claudio, a left-hander, pitched in 45 games between Class A Hickory and Frisco, going 4-6 with a 1.83 ERA. He had a 0.86 WHIP and 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Skole, while playing for Myrtle Beach, was rated as the top defensive outfielder in the Carolina League. He had one error and 10 outfield assists in 111 games.
Holland undergoes microfracture surgery on left knee
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers revealed that pitcher Derek Holland underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last Friday during an operation to repair torn cartilage behind the kneecap.
Microfracture surgery, designed to stimulate the blood flow behind the kneecap, is more serious than a regular operation for torn cartilage, and it is why Holland could be out until the All-Star break. Holland injured the knee falling on the stairs at his house while playing with his dog, and he will be on crutches for six weeks until he can begin a full rehabilitation program.
Holland was expected to be in a rotation that includes Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Martin Perez and Alexi Ogando. Nick Tepesch, who began last season as the Rangers' fifth starter, is the leading candidate to replace Holland. The Rangers also re-signed pitcher Colby Lewis to a Minor League contract and will also consider moving either left-hander Robbie Ross or right-hander Tanner Scheppers out of the bullpen.
Rangers announce scouting promotions
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have promoted Gil Kim to director of international scouting, the club announced on Tuesday. Kim replaces Mike Daly, who has taken over as senior director of Minor League operations.
Kim moves up from assistant director of international scouting. He has also worked at the Rangers' academy in the Dominican Republic and served as a scout in Latin America. He is in his fifth season with the Rangers after being hired out of Vanderbilt, where he played baseball.
The Rangers also named Rafic Saab as their director of Latin American scouting. Saab, who has been with the Rangers since 2006, had been serving as the Latin American cross-checker. Saab was influential in the amateur signings of pitcher Martin Perez, second baseman Rougned Odor and shortstop Luis Sardinas.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.