When and how the Texas Rangers will return to World Series contention
By Travis Koch
Offensive Potential is Everywhere
While pitching is “wait and see”, the Rangers’ offense is “can’t wait to see”. The way it projects, offense should be no concern whatsoever come 2021. Consider the young talent on the current big league roster. Nomar Mazara is 23 years old, Joey Gallo, 24, Jurickson Profar, 25, Willie Calhoun, 23, Rougned Odor, 24, Ronald Guzman, 23, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, 23. The only one of those players that is not under team control through 2021 is Profar. He will become a free agent after the 2020 season.
The Rangers have a couple of opt-out clauses to fight through with Elvis Andrus (post-2018 and post-2019), but he is signed through 2023. So, a 2021 infield of 1B Guzman, 2B Odor, 3B Profar and SS Andrus is very possible. Potentially, Kiner-Falefa will make his home behind the plate.
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Texas’ top three prospects are outfielders; therefore, they should be pretty well set on the green as well. In fact, the only foreseeable issue is finding room for each of them.
Willie Calhoun (#2 prospect) has made his way to the big leagues. He will likely find everyday playing time by next season. 22-year-old Julio Pablo Martinez (#3 prospect) is expected to make his way to the bigs by 2020. Leody Taveras, the Rangers’ #1 prospect, is just 19 years old and is currently playing at High-A. He projects as a 2020 debut as well.
The Texas Rangers offense is set for the future. A lot can happen over the next two seasons and offseasons, but talent is clearly here, as well as on the way. Hopefully the new ballpark can handle all that the offense is going to bring.