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Sep 24, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto (8) cannot catch a foul ball during the seventh inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers named Geovany Soto their starting catcher long before the season started, and of course he got injured and had not made in on the field yet in 2014. He should return a little after Derek Holland does, if all goes according to schedule (which nothing has so far). When Soto went down, the Texas Rangers had brought in J. P. Arencibia previously so it was understood that he would be the starter and Robinson Chirinos would be the backup. Well we all know what happened to Arencibia, and we could all say that he had a less then productive stint with the Texas Rangers, batting under .100 for most of his time with the big club.

Now the Texas Ranger have Chris Gimenez and Chirinos leading the way behind the dish, and that seems to be working out so far, but sometime in the future the Rangers may need to dip down into the minors again if something else happens or if either Gimenez or Chirinos fall off and begin slumping Arencibia style. So who else do the Texas Rangers have at the catcher’s position? Glad you asked.

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  • lmhw24

    I like Alfaro, but like you said he’s young. And I don’t like all the hype behind him, not that he doesn’t deserve it, but look at Profar. He was THE TOP PROSPECT and even before being injured was super impressive. IF the Rangers needed to call anyone up, I think it should be Nicholas. I saw him in ST and he was good. But for now, I think Gimenez and Chirinos combo is working.

    • Lee Stitzel

      You are right. No need to call up anyone. Gimenez and Chirinos are holding down the fort. I like that Alfaro may work out to be an excellent player but it is so early for him. He could completely flame out. His hit tool needs work and he isn’t great behind the plate despite his athleticism.