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The Rangers sign J.R. Towles from independent ball

Aug 25, 2014, 11:02 AM EDT

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J.R. Towels was a backup catcher for the Astros for a few years, with his last big league action coming in 2011. He was stuck in the minors for 2012 and 2013 went off baseball’s grid and into independent ball this season, where he’s played for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. He’s heading back to affiliated ball now, however, as the team announced that his contract was purchased by the Texas Rangers. He will report to Triple-A Round Rock.

Towles played in 67 games for the Bluefish in 2014, hitting 11 home runs with 37 RBI and holding a .292 batting average. He was also named to the Atlantic League All-Star team.

Guys often head down to the independents for chances like this. They don’t come too often. Good to see someone making the move back to affiliated ball like Towels is.

  1. drunkenhooliganism - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    He’s not much use defensively because of his rag arm.

    I sure hope you don’t edit your post.

  2. hushbrother - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Good to see J.R. getting another “shot” in Dallas.

    • moogro - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      You’re a Towel.

  3. jfk69 - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Can Ben Sheets be far behind.

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