ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reached a two-year working agreement with the Class A Advanced High Desert Mavericks of the California League.
The team is located in the town of Adelanto, which is in San Bernandino County and the Mojave Desert, east of Los Angeles. The Mavericks play at Heritage Field at Stater Brothers Stadium, which holds 3,800 fans and is considered extremely hitter-friendly. In 2014, High Desert was affiliated with the Mariners, and the Mavericks' pitching staff had a 6.21 ERA, the highest in the California League.
There have been some pitchers who have survived at High Desert. Mariners left-hander Roenis Elias was 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 26 starts in 2012; Yankees righty Michael Pineda was 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 10 games (eight starts) in '09; and O's right-hander Chris Tillman was 6-7 with a 5.26 ERA in 20 starts in '07.
The Rangers were affiliated with the Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the Carolina League for four years. Prior to that, they were with Bakersfield in the California League.
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