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Cole Ragans makes MLB debut with Rangers

Ragans goes five innings in debut
August 5, 2022

FRISCO, Texas (August 5, 2022) - Former Riders pitcher Cole Ragans made his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers on Thursday, August 4th, against the Chicago White Sox. In his debut, Ragans went 5.0 innings in his start, allowing just one unearned run on three hits while striking out

FRISCO, Texas (August 5, 2022) - Former Riders pitcher Cole Ragans made his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers on Thursday, August 4th, against the Chicago White Sox.

In his debut, Ragans went 5.0 innings in his start, allowing just one unearned run on three hits while striking out three and walking four. He was the first former RoughRiders pitcher to start a game in his MLB debut this season.

An incredible success story, Ragans was a former 1st-round selection of the Rangers in 2016 (30th overall) and underwent back-to-back "Tommy John" surgeries, causing him to miss the entire 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons. Returning to the mound for the first time since 2017, Ragans began 2021 with High-A Hickory before being promoted to the Frisco RoughRiders in mid-July of 2021. For the RoughRiders, Ragans went 3-1 with a 5.70 ERA over nine games, seven of which were starts.

In 2022, Ragans started the year in Frisco once again and dominated. The lefty out of Crawfordville, Florida went 5-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 10 starts with the Riders, striking out 65 over 51.1 innings while holding opponents to a .219 batting average against. He was then promoted to Triple-A Round Rock, where he went 3-2 with a 3.32 ERA prior to his promotion to Texas.

Ragans debuted alongside 2017 first-round pick Bubba Thompson, making them the first two first-round selections to debut in the same game since San Francisco's Will Clark and Robby Thompson debuted together on April 8th, 1986 at Houston.

Ragans becomes the 183rd former Riders player to make his major league debut, joining Christian Lopes, Jacob Lemoine, Josh Smith, Ezequiel Duran, Steele Walker, Elier Hernandez, Charles Leblanc and Bubba Thompson to become the ninth former RoughRiders player to crack the majors in 2022.

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About the RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance for 15 consecutive seasons (2005-2019). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world's largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). More than 170 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact [email protected].