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Pleasant Surprises: Shawn Tolleson

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 24: Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers on June 24, 2014 at Globe Life Park in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

    In a season-ending countdown, we'll weigh in on some of the pleasant surprises for the Rangers in what was arguably the most disappointing season in franchise history.

    No. 3:Shawn Tolleson, RHP

    2014 stats: 3-1, 2.76 ERA, 69 strikeouts, 28 walks, 71 2/3 innings pitched

    Tolleson quietly became one of the Rangers' best relievers this season, and possibly their best considering his production and his extensive workload. The Allen native was brought on board from the Los Angeles Dodgers and by the time the season ended, he was a high-leverage bullpen arm who was one of a few guys used in a setup role for closer Neftali Feliz.

    He comes back in 2015 as part of a unassuming, yet pretty formidable looking bullpen which will also regain the services of Tanner Scheppers, and he'll be competing for those high-leverage seventh- and eighth-inning roles in front of Feliz.

    Previous entries: No. 9 Leonys Martin, No. 8 Nick Martinez, No. 7 Roman Mendez, No. 6 Young Outfielders, No. 5 Neftali Feliz, No. 4 Colby Lewis