Jun 25, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland ((18) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Since he returned from injury in May, Moreland has remained a crucial part of this team. For the season, he is hitting .306/.344/.510 which are all much higher than his career averages. Moreland has added nine home runs and 35 RBI for what could prove to be the breakout season for the 29-year-old.
This week, Moreland continued his hot play, hitting .320/.320/440 with a home run and two RBI in 25 ABs. Moreland has also turned it around defensively, with his best season so far at first base which has allowed fellow top hitter Prince Fielder to thrive in his designated hitter role.
Although not being considered in the All-Star vote for first baseman, Moreland should get consideration for a reserve role for the American League. While the AL is deep overall at the first-base position, even being in the talks is a solid step in the right direction for Moreland.
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