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Aaron Poreda, 2014 Texas Rangers
Three weeks ago when the Texas Rangers promoted Aaron Poreda from Triple-A Round Rock, he was an unknown name being used to fill a void in an already shaky bullpen with tons of question marks and injuries.
Since then, the 27-year-old lefty, who hadn't sniffed the majors since 2009 when he appeared in 14 games with the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres, has been pretty dang effective.
He's now in the midst of a scoreless streak of 8 1/3 innings over his last nine appearances — his first nine appearances in a Rangers uniform. He's the first player since Clay Rapada in 2010 to accomplish such a feat for the Rangers.
Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that Poreda has stranded all six runners he's inherited in his nine appearances, as pointed out by ESPN Dallas.
"He’s been tremendous,’’ said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “I don’t know a lot about his background, but he has been taught well.
"I’m seeing a fastball at 96 mph with movement, a pretty good change and a breaking ball. I like his work ethic. The way we’ve used him has helped him a lot."