Texas Rangers: Four reasons to be excited about THIS SEASON

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CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 01: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two run home run off Jeff Beliveau #38 of the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on May 1, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 01: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers celebrates in the dugout after hitting a two run home run off Jeff Beliveau #38 of the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on May 1, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 8: Nomar Mazara (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

Nomar Mazara

Nomar Mazara is the Rangers player with the highest ceiling. When it comes to maturity and composure, Mazara is the poster boy. The 23-year-old is already in his 3rd big league season. Texas has watched Mazara progress as swimmingly as they could have hoped. Specifically, he is on pace to outdo his previous season’s numbers for the 3rd consecutive season.

Mazara already has 11 home runs, just 9 short of his career high. In addition, he is on pace to surpass his 101 RBI from 2017. Strikeouts are up, but that just speaks to the cautious way in which opposing pitchers are approaching Mazara.

If you want to dive deep, perhaps the absences of Andrus and Beltre are exactly the nudge Nomar Mazara needed to take the next step in his career. There is no doubt the team has leaned on him more so this season than in prior seasons. As a result, Mazara has carried more than his weight and much of the team’s weight.

There is reason to doubt the other young Texas Rangers; however, there is no reason to doubt Nomar Mazara. He will only continue to improve. Don’t be surprised if he is crowned an all-star as early as this season.

Joey Gallo

Don’t jump off the Joey Gallo bandwagon just yet. Yes, he has been abysmal at the plate as of late. And yes he will continue to display abysmal baseball at other points in his career. Gallo is as streaky as they come in MLB, but he also has a gift that only a few other MLB players possess.

Joey Gallo’s power is otherworldly. He has 62 home runs in just 248 career games. That averages to a homer every four games. He also accounts for some of the hardest hit balls and some of the longest home runs throughout the MLB season year after year.

Joey Gallo’s power is so elite that it would be very difficult for the Rangers to let him go. The thought of him reaching his potential with another team brings back nightmares of former Rangers like Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Pena and Chris Davis. Gallo has the ability to be a greater power hitter than each of those blasts from the past.

Gallo has made it difficult to believe in him lately, but look at the big picture. I certainly still believe in him.

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