Finding Keepers:Texas Rangers

Posted on 28 March 2012 by Gary Marchese

The Texas Rangers have been to two straight World Series.  They came within one strike of winning it last year.  They have never won a World Series and are getting closer.  They right now are the class of the American League and they have another strong team to make a run this season.  Here is a look at some of their team to see who you could keep as a finding keeper.

C Mike Napoli has seemed to find a home in Texas.  He hit 320 last year with 30 homeruns and 75 RBI.  He has always had the power but he put the average with it last year.  It was by far his best season and I wouldn’t expect a repeat but maybe something close to it.

SS Elvis Andrus is one of the better young players in the league.  He has a tremendous upside and it looks like he will be a very good major league player.  He is a guy who doesn’t have power but has the speed and can hit 275 or so with a 340 on base percentage.  I expect him to get even better and I would keep a young player like this around for a long time.

3B Adrian Beltre is a top defender in the league.  He also has a lot of power and after it looked like he was declining has played very well with the Texas Rangers.  He hit 296 with 32 homeruns and 105 RBI last year.  He has always had the power and after a couple of down years the last two years have been very good.  He has been around for a while but I would still keep him around on my team.

RF Nelson Cruz is a legitimate power hitter.  He has also shown he can hit for average.  In the last two years he has hit 51 homeruns with 165 RBI.  He is a 270 career hitter and has been inconsistent with his on base percentage.  He is a guy though that I would want to keep around.

LF Josh Hamilton, the talent is there but the question of his makeup will always come.  He is a great talent maybe the best since Mickey Mantle.  Hamilton is a fantastic player but he needs to remain healthy and he needs to stay focused and on course.  He has battled his demons over the years and that is always threatening to derail him.  I still at this point would wan to keep him and not give up on him.  He is just too talented for me to discard.  He hit 298 with 25 homeruns and 94 RBI last season.  In 2010 he hit 359 with 32 homeruns and 100 RBI.  He is an amazing talent and I would kick myself if I gave him away and he kept putting up the numbers.

They have a couple of pitchers I would think about but I can’t put them on this list.  Yu Darvish has potential but until he does it he is another Japanese pitcher who could be a bust.  Joe Nathan used to be one of the best closers but is getting older and we just don’t know how he will recover from injury.  Neftali Feliz is very promising but is going from being the closer to in the starting rotation.  It isn’t an easy adjustment and I want to see him do it first before I decide what I think of him as a starting pitcher.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. Knowname Says:

    You call AB’s year with the BoSox mediocre?? it was slightly better than last year!! lol

    I’d keep AB, Andrus and Hamilton plus look to keep Darvish (since nobody drafted him last year you can’t keep him!!) Napoli is a spectacular talent… but there’s too much depth at C, same with Kinsler (injury prone, wait you didn’t list Kinsler???)

  2. Gary Says:

    I don’t think I called his year with the REd Sox mediocre. I said in his last two years he has been good. Yes that is true about Darvish, my mistake on that one. I like Napoli and Kinsler I may have overlooked but I just don’t look at him as a keeper, i am guessing you disagree with this??

  3. Kevin Says:

    Kinsler not a keeper?…lol. Who wants a 29 year old 25-25 100+ run guy at 2B? How is anyone supposed to take this seriously? You can’t say it’s because of injury concerns since you have both Hamilton and Cruz listed.

  4. Gary Says:

    Ok maybe I did overlook him and you obviously disagree which is fine. The great thing about baseball is you can debate a lot about players.

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