Texas Rangers: Is it Time to Call up Ronald Guzman?

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Mar 17, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers infielder Ronald Guzman (67) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the eighth inning during a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2017; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers infielder Ronald Guzman (67) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the eighth inning during a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Rangers offense has failed to find consistency through the first month of the season. Top prospect Ronald Guzman is crushing the ball in the minors. Is it time to call him up to the MLB?

If you take a look at the Texas Rangers offense, only three players are hitting over .250 this season. The huge strikeout numbers are becoming a problem, and it could be time for some changes in Arlington.

Over the off-season the Rangers signed slugger Mike Napoli to a one-year deal worth $8.5 million for the 2017 season. He was coming off a career year, but has failed to find much success this season.

Through the first 28 games of the season, Napoli is hitting .162 with four home runs and 12 RBI. He’s struck out 37 times and made two errors on defense already. It could be time to move Napoli to DH and call up Ronald Guzman.

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It’s hard to ignore the success Guzman is having at Triple-A Round Rock this season. Through 27 games he’s hitting .346 with three home runs and 14 RBI and has 37 hits already. The 22-year-old has been red-hot with the bat.

Both Napoli and Guzman are well below average defenders, but Guzman is the future. He’s on the 40-man roster, and the Rangers would love to see Guzman convert into the everyday guy at first base.

This Napoli deal is just a one-year agreement, so that Guzman can be eased into the MLB. The Rangers offense is already having trouble finding consistent offense. Adding Guzman can’t make it worse, and it could actually help spark the team.

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This move would mean that Shin-Soo Choo would have to move back into the everyday outfield. It would hurt the Rangers defense, but it’s time to make the move and call up Guzman.

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