The Rangers outfield is a wildcard heading into the 2017 season. With opening day three days away we look at what the new season may have in store for the outfield.
The past couple days we have looked at the projections for the Texas Rangers’ starting rotation and infield. The two are polar opposites. The starting rotation is filled with question marks while the infield is the Rangers most consistent group.
The outfield is similar to the rotation. Question marks from right field to left field. Ian Desmond, the starting center fielder from a season ago, is now playing first base in Colorado. Yes, first base.
While there are question marks surrounding the outfield, there is enough talent there to produce a good unit.
Much like the starting rotation, the uncertainty leaves the projections for the outfield a bit underwhelming. Unlike the rotation however, the problem is not solely health.
Bounce back and breakout seasons are needed for the outfield to reach its full potential. Let’s look at ZiPS projections for the outfield and decide wether they’re fair or not.