The infield is the Rangers strongest and deepest unit. Also, one of the best in baseball. How will they fare in 2017?
The Rangers are projected by Fangraphs to finish tied for third in the AL West with an 83-79 record, which would leave them out of the playoffs for the first time since 2014. One of the main reasons for these harsh projections is the question marks surrounding the starting rotation.
While both the rotation and outfield are filled with ‘hopefully’s’ and ‘what-if’s’, the infield should continue to be one of the best in all of baseball. Remaining mostly unchanged from a season ago, aside from first base, it features a future Hall of Famer, All-Stars and future All-Stars.
Projections are more friendly towards the infield than they are towards the rotation and for good reason. Every projected starter in the infield played in over 140 games a season ago. Can they help lead the team to an AL-West three-peat in 2017?