Rangers' many new faces hope to jell in spring

Gallardo, Ludwick prominent veterans acquired after club's tough 2014 season

Rangers' many new faces hope to jell in spring

ARLINGTON -- When a team loses 95 games, there are bound to be new faces in Spring Training the next season. For the Rangers, included on this list is new manager Jeff Banister.

There will also be plenty of new players among the 61 expected to report by the end of the month. In the countdown to Spring Training, here are the most prominent new faces expected in Surprise, Ariz.

P Yovani Gallardo: The Rangers' most significant offseason addition was acquired from the Brewers for reliever Corey Knebel, infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handed starter Marcos Diplan. He joins Derek Holland and Yu Darvish at the top of the Rangers' rotation.

Gallardo on trade to the Rangers

P Ross Detwiler: The left-hander was acquired to be given a chance to make the rotation. But with a stiff competition for the No. 5 spot, Detwiler could conceivably be a better fit in the bullpen.

Rangers acquire Detwiler

P Kyuji Fujikawa: A dominant closer in Japan, Fujikawa spent the past two seasons with the Cubs but underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013. He pitched in 15 games for the Cubs at the end of last season and should be at full strength in Spring Training. He may share the club's right-handed setup role with Tanner Scheppers.

P Anthony Ranaudo: He was acquired from the Red Sox for reliever Robbie Ross Jr. and is another candidate for the rotation. Ranaudo needs to continue to develop his slider and changeup, but the Rangers have added another legitimate prospect to their future starting-rotation outlook.

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C Carlos Corporan: A switch-hitter with some power, he has been a part-time catcher with the Astros for the past four seasons and enters as a backup to Robinson Chirinos. The Rangers like Corporan's defense and ability to handle pitchers.

OF Ryan Ludwick: The veteran was signed as a non-roster invitee because he is coming off two years of shoulder problems. Still, he has provided an impact right-handed bat for teams in the past and could do so for the Rangers if healthy this season.

OF Carlos Peguero: Once a big prospect for the Mariners, Peguero hasn't hit at the Major League level and has posted some high strikeout totals. But he also has serious left-handed power, which makes him an interesting player to watch in Spring Training.

1B Kyle Blanks: Another former big-time prospect, Blanks once appeared to be the Padres' long-term answer at first base. He has dealt with one major injury after another, however, and never fulfilled that promise. Blanks can play the outfield, but the Rangers want to limit him to first base because of his health.

OF Delino DeShields Jr.: A Rule 5 pick from the Astros, DeShields has some power and tremendous speed. He has never played above Double-A, so keeping him on the roster may be hard unless he wins a job as the fourth outfielder.

OF Nate Schierholtz: A veteran left-handed hitter with some power, Schierholtz had a career-high 21 home runs for the Cubs in 2013, but that was way above his norm. His career slugging percentage is .405, including .419 against right-handed pitching.

Schierholtz's RBI triple

INF Ed Lucas: Drafted out of Dartmouth, Lucas is the definition of a utility player. He is joining his fifth organization and has played every position but pitcher and catcher. He will compete for that role with Adam Rosales, a similar player.

P Ross Ohlendorf: The Austin, Texas, native and Princeton graduate is set to play for his seventh organization. Ohlendorf, who missed most of last season with a back injury, has a 22-33 record and 4.88 ERA in 80 career Major League starts and 44 relief appearances. He had good numbers as a swing pitcher for the Nationals in 2013 and might be able to do for the Rangers what Scott Baker did last year.

P Juan Carlos Oviedo: Once known as Leo Nunez, the right-hander has been held back for two years because of Tommy John surgery, but he should be at full strength to begin Spring Training. He had 92 saves for the Marlins as their closer from 2009-11, though he will likely compete for a setup role with the Rangers.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.