Texas Rangers: Ronald Guzman Needs to Impress in Spring Training
By Andrew Webb
One of the most promising young hitters the Texas Rangers have in their farm system right now is Ronald Guzman. He has an invite to big league Spring Training, but could he translate it into a spot on the 25-man roster?
MLBpipeline.com released their top prospects list for the 2018 season. Ronald Guzman has cracked the top ten first base list for the third year in a row. The Texas Rangers have a special talent in Guzman, but when will fans see him in Arlington?
The 23-year-old is coming off a strong campaign in Triple-A Round Rock. Guzman hit .298 with 12 home runs and 62 RBIs in 125 games last season. The young slugger is on the verge of making the MLB roster, but still has when big problem ahead of him: Joey Gallo.
Gallo crushed 41 home runs last season and solidified himself as an everyday player in Arlington. He’s penciled in as the starter at first base, but unfortunately the only position Guzman plays is first base.
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Luckily for the Rangers, Gallo has experience at both third base and left field. Gallo also committed 13 errors in just 72 games at third base last season. The Rangers would prefer to have him at first base, but Guzman could force their hand.
Youngster Willie Calhoun could play himself right into the starting left field job. If so, that could create a difficult situation for Texas. Guzman is potentially ready for the MLB, but the Rangers aren’t ready for him.
A strong performance in Spring Training will force the Rangers to find playing time for Guzman in Arlington. Although, if Guzman struggles in camp, he could be looking at another full season in Triple-A. The Rangers could have a tough decision on their hands this spring.