The Texas Rangers have several currently playing in the Dominican Winter League. One of those players is the Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor. Last season Texas Rangers fans were able to see him for a major of the season, mainly because the team was without Jurickson Profar. Odor, who is only 20 years old, was supposed to spend at least a year with the double-A Frisco Rough Riders and possibly time in triple-A had to grow up quick in the majors.
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He managed to do an amazing job beside Elvis Andrus and is now working to refine his skills with the Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela. He has only recently been playing, but he currently has a batting line of .375/.434/.542/.698 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 8 RBI over 12 games/48 at-bats.
Odor isn’t exactly crushing the ball, but he is consistently hitting the ball and getting on base, which is what matters the most. In case you don’t know what winter ball is, it is basically like high-AAA ball. It is filled with a lot of top prospects and lots of major league players looking to refine their skills during the offseason.
Hopefully Rougned Odor will be able to carry over his hot bat to spring training and the regular season. Last season with the Texas Rangers Odor had a batting line of .259/.297/.402/.698 with 14 doubles, 7 triples, 9 home runs and 48 RBI over 114 games/386 at-bats. Although a .259 batting average isn’t considered the best, it is still pretty good considering he was only 19 years old at this time last season and didn’t know he would be playing in the majors. He defense wasn’t always the best, but it slowly improved all season long and it’s easy to tell that he’ll be an amazing second baseman in the near future.
Video: 09/24/14 Texas Rangers’ double play
Rougned Odor fields a grounder and starts a 4-6-3 double play that ends the 5th inning