A former Lufkin Panther is one step closer to making his big league dreams come true after signing a Minor League contract with the Texas Rangers this past week. Tyler Stubblefield, who started his career at Texas A&M before spending last season at Emporia State, went undrafted but jumped on the opportunity to sign with the Rangers.
He will start his career in the Arizona League where he will play for the AZL Rangers. Stubblefield was dominant on the mound this past season with a 10-1 record to go along with a 2.65 ERA. That included a pair of complete games in his last two starts.
He earned All-MIAA honors. Stubblefield is a graduate of Lufkin High School where he was a starting quarterback on the football field and a starting pitcher on the diamond. Stubblefield said of the news on his personal Twitter account, “Proud to say I’m going to be a TEXAS RANGER.. can’t wait to see what else god has in store #RangersFamily.”