Texas Rangers Sign Andy Ibanez of Cuba

A resident of Rockwall County, Texas, Charles “Chuck” Scroggs serves as the president of both C and D Commercial Services, Inc., and Southwest Scaffolding, LLC. In addition to his work in and around Rockwall County, Chuck Scroggs enjoys fishing, horseback riding, and cheering on his favorite MLB team, the Texas Rangers.

In a recent press release, the Texas Rangers organization announced that it reached a $1.6 million deal to sign 22-year-old infielder Andy Ibanez of Cuba. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound second baseman was granted free agency in February 2015. However, Ibanez had trouble negotiating a deal due to the timing of his reclassification combined with the regulations surrounding international bonus pools.

For the last three seasons Ibanez has played in Cuba’s top league, where he maintained a .283 batting average and hit 13 home runs. He is a skilled infielder and base runner with the potential to fill up the stat sheet with stolen bases. In signing with the Rangers, Ibanez joins the team’s two other recently-signed international players, Leodys Taveras of the Dominican Republic and Miguel Aparicio of Venezuela.

The Texas Rangers – Perrenial American League Pennant Contender

A resident of Rockwall, Texas, Chuck Scroggs enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, skiing, and hunting. Chuck Scroggs is also a Major League Baseball fan, who supports the Texas Rangers. Over the past several years, the Rangers have become a perennial contender for the American League pennant. The team played in the World Series in both 2010 and 2011, although it didn’t succeed in winning either series. In 2013, the Rangers had a relatively disappointing year and fell a game short of a wild card berth in the playoffs.

The Rangers have enjoyed a consistent first half of the 2014 season, battling it out with the Oakland A’s for first place. The team benefits from an excellent farm system that continues to produce top-tier prospects. These include Jorge Alfaro, who has been picked as one of the leading players with Major League star potential. In addition to possessing outstanding batting skills, he is an excellent defensive player, who has one of the strongest arms among young catchers. This skill is particularly sought after, as it limits the ability of runners to take leads effectively and steal bases.