The struggles from infielder Rougned Odor have been frustrating to watch this season. The 23-year-old infielder was signed to a six-year extension last off-season and is now having a career worst season.
It has been hard to watch Odor this season as he’s been in slump almost the entire year. He’s hitting .214 with 24 home runs and 53 RBI in 116 games. The power is still there which is good, but that’s about the only positive.
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Last season Odor had a career-year, and now he can’t seem to find any consistency. The huge extension hasn’t helped anything, but it could get better. The good news is that Odor is young and has put together multiple successful seasons.
This is just one bad slump season and plenty of All-Star caliber players have years like this. It’s not anything to get too worried about as a Rangers fan. In fact, fans should expect Odor to come back much stronger next season.
The 2018 season could be huge for Odor especially coming off a horrible year. He will have something to prove to the fans and the organization. Giving Odor a reason to fight is good, and could spark another breakout campaign in 2018.
This is just the beginning for DeShields, Gallo, and Odor. The future looks bright in Arlington, and with the mix of veterans the Rangers have this could be a strong club in 2018. It’s only up from here, and the Rangers could be celebrating on a much bigger stage next season.