It’s natural to be skeptical of rookies. Even if they get off to good starts in the major leagues, you just can’t trust them until they prove consistent. After all, baseball is a streaky game and MLB is not generally kind to newcomers.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ronald Guzman have finally played enough to turn doubters into believers. The composure of each is startling. They reach the highest possible level of the game, yet, they look completely unphased and up to the challenge.
Kiner-Falefa passes the eye test with flying colors. His approach at the plate is consistent and mature. In fact, he puts some of the more tenured position players to shame in regards to plate approach. Kiner-Falefa can drive the ball from line to line, square the ball frequently, and execute any task in practically any game situation.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News wrote an excellent article in which he compared Isiah Kiner-Falefa to Michael Young, even getting Michael Young‘s opinion on the comparison. While Kiner-Falefa is not expected to reach the career success of the Texas Ranger great, he does have a strikingly similar style and makeup. It’s definitely a thought worth running with. Plus, the thought gives that much more reason to pay close attention to the Texas Rangers rookie in 2018.
Ronald Guzman’s success sample has been much more brief. Therefore, his write-up will be much more brief. Guzman has been the Rangers’ best player over the last six games. Over the last six games, the big lefty has gone 7-for-14 with eight RBI and six runs scored. He hit four home runs in that span, two off left-handed pitchers.
Guzman has earned himself regular playing time at first base. He’ll need to keep up the good work in order to stay at first once Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre return and shakeup defensive positioning and lineups. Regardless, Ronald Guzman is as exciting of a watch as any Texas Rangers player at the moment.