Cole Ragans
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers  Rookie
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 8/3/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Cole Ragans in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Rangers in June of 2016 that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
Undergoing second surgery
PTexas Rangers  R
Elbow
May 14, 2019
Ragans (elbow) will require another Tommy John surgery Wednesday after recently tearing the graft in his left elbow, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
ANALYSIS
Ragans was more than a year into the rehab process after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2018, so this is devastating setback for the 2016 first-round pick. The 21-year-old will now likely be sidelined until the middle of the 2020 season, at the very least.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Cole Ragans
Farm Futures: Pitcher Tiers
March 5, 2019
James Anderson reviews the top fantasy prospects on the mound, where Forrest Whitley has the potential to someday be the first pitcher off the board in redraft leagues.
Farm Futures: AL West: 125 Prospects You Need To Know
February 7, 2019
James Anderson wraps up his look at American League systems and thinks workload could be the only thing holding Forrest Whitley back in 2019.
Farm Futures: Buy-Low, Sell-High Hitters
April 17, 2018
James Anderson looks at some hitting prospects who might be overvalued or underappreciated in dynasty leagues based on their starts to the season, including the Yankees' Miguel Andujar.
Farm Futures: MiLB Pitcher Awards
September 7, 2017
James Anderson wraps up his postseason awards with a look at the best and most disappointing pitchers in the minors, including Astros wunderkind Forrest Whitley.
Pitching 3D: Dynasty Pitchers of 2016 Draft
June 25, 2016
Doug Thorburn looks at which pitchers from this year's baseball draft fantasy owners should target in dynasty leagues, including Dakota Hudson out of Mississippi State.
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A projectable 6-foot-4 lefty, Ragans only logged 7.2 innings after the Rangers selected him with the 30th overall pick in 2016, so he entered 2017 as a bit of a mystery. However, we soon learned that his low-90s fastball and low-80s changeup already grade out as plus offerings, so naturally he was able to dominate hitters in the Northwest League. He had the worst walk rate in the league (14 percent) and still finished second in K-BB% (20.8 percent) because he was using that fastball/changeup combo to strike hitters out at an ace-like clip (34.8 percent). It's obvious that his command/control needs a lot of work, but he has the size, handedness and feel for a changeup that cannot be taught. His curveball also needs some work. Ragans has No. 2 starter upside and plenty of time to work on improving his weaknesses. Entering his age-20 season, approaching 100 innings would be a big accomplishment, as he still needs to show he can go deeper into games and eventually handle a starter's workload.
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Held back in extended ST
PTexas Rangers  R
Elbow
April 4, 2019
Ragans (elbow) will open the year in extended spring training, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.
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Throws from 105 feet
PTexas Rangers  R
Elbow
October 23, 2018
Ragans (elbow) threw from 105 feet Tuesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Nearing return to throwing
PTexas Rangers  R
Elbow
August 12, 2018
Ragans (elbow) is expected to resume throwing next week for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Undergoes Tommy John surgery
PTexas Rangers  R
Elbow
March 28, 2018
Ragans underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Will undergo Tommy John surgery
PTexas Rangers  R
Elbow
March 18, 2018
Ragans (elbow) was diagnosed Sunday with a torn UCL in his left elbow and will need Tommy John surgery, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports.
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