Texas Rangers: Who wins the second base job when Elvis Andrus returns?

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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 02: Rougned Odor #12 and Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3-2 in 10 innings at Angel Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 02: Rougned Odor #12 and Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3-2 in 10 innings at Angel Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Rougned Odor /

What happens with Rougie?

Rougned Odor has also seen a spike in numbers as of late. Though, Odor’s numbers could really only go up from where they were a month ago. He deserves some credit as he has improved his effort to use all fields and to see more pitches. He has also attempted a number of bunts against the shift, a few of them were successes, I must add.

Despite his efforts, Odor still looks like a mightily confused hitter. Where is the best place for confused players that are working on their mechanics? The minor leagues. Moreover, the big leagues is no place for hitters to work things out. There is too much pressure and too much at stake, even for a team that is 13 games out of first place.

If it weren’t for the upcoming roster situation, the Texas Rangers would more than likely let Odor work on his deficiencies in a major league uniform. But the only place for him to go is the bench. The bench is no place for Rougned Odor. Unfortunately, neither is the Rangers’ starting lineup.

Some time in the minors would do him some good. We can only assume a spot on the major league roster will open up for him in the coming months when a position player or two is moved at the trade deadline.

As for a week from now (or whenever Andrus does return), Rougned Odor is likely to take a backseat to a purer hitter and defender in Jurickson Profar.

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