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April 21, 2006

Nix Optioned

Texas optioned outfielder LAYNCE NIX to AAA Oklahoma, added outfielder ADAM HYZDU to the 40-man and active rosters, and moved pitcher JOSH RUPE from the 15-day to the 60-day Disabled List.

Healthy, yes, but no more productive. After a late spring surge and Gary Matthews’s injury propelled Nix to a starting role, he opened the season with a line of .094/.118/.125, drew zero walks and struck out seventeen times in his 34 plate appearances. While just about anyone could hit that poorly in that short a span, Nix has a depressing affinity for these cold streaks. He now possesses a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.6 to 1 as a Major Leaguer.

Nix has walked a spiffy once per 9.8 plate appearances in the minors. Perhaps a long stretch in AAA will promote better pitch selection. He won’t turn 26 until the fall and had only 87 games of experience above A ball (all in AA) when Texas promoted him to Arlington.

Not that it’s anyone’s fault per se, but in three short weeks Texas mutated from a team with “too many outfielders? to having Adrian Brown and Adam Hyzdu on the active roster. Whee.

Posted by Lucas at April 21, 2006 11:23 PM