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Pitcher A.J. Alexy, a Twin Valley grad, is designated for assignment by Texas Rangers

Twin Valley grad A.J. Alexy, a right-handed pitcher, was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers Friday.

The Rangers have seven days to trade, waive or release Alexy, 24. He could be claimed on waivers by another team. If he clears waivers, the Rangers may send him outright to the minors.

This is a 2021 photo of A.J. Alexy of the Texas Rangers baseball team. This image reflects the Texas Rangers active roster as of Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 when this image was taken. (Ben VanHouten/MLB Photos via AP)
A.J. Alexy

Texas needed to make room on the roster for Andrew Heaney, a left-hander who signed a two-year, $25 million contract as a free agent that became official Friday.

Alexy spent most of last season with Triple-A Round Rock, going 6-6 with a 5.91 ERA in 31 games, 16 of them starts. He struck out 103 and walked 56 in 96 innings.

He was shifted to a relief role in June after going 3-3 with a 7.51 ERA in his first 13 starts. He was 3-3 with a 4.20 ERA as a reliever, striking out 34 and walking 17 in 30 innings.

Alexy appeared in four games for the Rangers, all in relief, going 1-1 with an 11.57 ERA in seven innings. He struck out six and walked nine.

In 2021, Alexy went 3-1 with a 4.70 ERA in five games, four of them starts, for the Rangers after going 3-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 16 games in the minors (13 in Double-A, three in Triple-A).

He made his major league debut Aug. 30 against Colorado, allowing one hit in five shutout innings. In his second start, he allowed one hit in six shutout innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

He was the first pitcher in major league history to go five shutout innings or longer and allow one hit or fewer in each of his first two career appearances, both starts, since 1893, when the mound was set at 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate.

Alexy was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2016 draft. He was traded to Texas as part of the deal for pitcher Yu Darvish on July 31, 2017.

Source: Berkshire mont

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