InsidetheRangers.com will be reviewing each of the players in the Texas Rangers’ 40-man roster at the end of the 2022 season.
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Statistics for 2022: Dunning went 4-8 with a 4.46 ERA in 29 games (all starts). He pitched 153 1/3 innings and gave up 158 hits, 80 runs (76 earned), 20 home runs and 62 walks. He knocked out 137. Batters batted .268 against him and he had a 1.43 WHIP.
Season Transactions: Dunning started the season on the opening day list. On July 11, he was listed as injured with a right ankle impingement. He was activated on July 26 after a rehab stint with the ACL Rangers. He was moved to the 15-day injured list on September 27 with surgery on his right hip that ended his season.
Season Summary: For the second straight season, Dunning started at least 25 games. In fact, Dunning has hit career highs in almost every major category — for better or for worse. He pitched more than 150 innings for the first time, but also gave up a career-high 20 home runs. The bottom line is that with a similar sample size, Dunning’s overall record, ERA, and opponent’s batting average really didn’t change from 2021-2022. Dunning would have a good game followed by an underplay. Consistency was his biggest problem before his season ended with hip surgery.
Contract status: Dunning has a two-year term of service and is not eligible for arbitration until after the next season.
What’s next: Dunning should be ready for spring training. If Rangers achieve their offseason goals, he’ll find himself in a situation with three veteran starters on the roster — Jon Gray and two yet-to-be-determined free-agent signings. In doing so, he competes with players like former Atlanta Braves starter Jake Odorizzi, Glenn Otto, Spencer Howard, Cole Ragans and others for fourth and fifth place in the rotation. And that’s assuming there’s not an arm on the farm that isn’t up for a challenge (cue Cole Winn).
2022 Texas Rangers 40-man roster wraps:
Ezequiel Duran | AJ Alexi | JoshSmith | Tyson Miller | Corey Seeger | Joe Barlow | Leody Taveras | Brad Miller | Drew Strotman | Josh Jung | Jon Gray | Taylor Hearn | Mitch Garver | Kevin Plawecki | Markus Mathias | John King | Charlie Culberson | Adolf Garcia | Andy Ibanez | Cole Ragans | Cole Calhoun | Brett Martin | Jose Leclerc | Markus Semien | Matt Moore | Glen Otto | Eli Weiss | Jesus Tinco | Sam Huf | Ricky Vanasco | Jonah Heim | Meibry’s Viloria | Jonathan Hernandez | Spencer Howard | Dennis Santana | Bubba Thompson
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