Throughout the Rangers’ initial spring training, Wes Benjamin wasn’t in big league camp. Neither was John King. And Kyle Cody was there but not healthy enough at the time to pitch in games.
The Rangers had their view of starting pitching depth. But those three didn’t really crack the radar screen. It was others such as Kolby Allard, Joe Palumbo and even Brock Burke before he was injured.
Those three, though, have either been hurt or haven’t performed. And the trio of unexpected talent has stepped up. Benjamin was the most recent — tossing five strong innings in a 7-3 Rangers loss to Arizona on Wednesday.
“I don’t think those guys took a step backward,” manager Chris Woodward said of Allard, Palumbo and Burke, “as much as the other guys took a step forward. And it’s cool, it’s cool to see guys like Kyle Cody come on the scene, and