Can the young phenom Nomar Mazara settle in at left field in 2017? The Rangers hope so, as they saw nine different players start there in 2016.
The outfield was a roller coaster ride to keep up with in 2016 for the Texas Rangers. Injuries and poor performance caused left field to be a revolving door. Nine different players started a game at the position.
Ian Desmond was signed in late February to fill the void in 2016. The converted shortstop exceeded expectations and then some. In fact, his defensive ability in the outfield was so impressive he moved to center field full-time.
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After being outright released by the Houston Astros, Carlos Gomez became the full-time left fielder during the Rangers playoff push. With Ian Desmond departing for Colorado this off-season, Gomez will slide to center field in 2017.
With Desmond gone and Gomez in center, we will see yet another new starting left fielder.