Four Texas Rangers who will have breakthrough seasons in 2019

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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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ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 22: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers hits a run scoring single against the Cleveland Indians during the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 22, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

Rougned Odor Becomes an All-Star

After a promising 2016 season which earned him a $49 million contract, Odor struggled in 2017, hitting just .204 and posting a career-low .252 on-base percentage. It seemed like 2018 was going to be more of the same until Odor turned it around in July. The Rangers’ second baseman hit .305 in July and August before tailing off in September. He still finished with a respectable .253 average, a nice bounce-back from a dismal 2017.

But more important than the numbers was the eye test. Just watching Odor play, you could see he’d figured things out. He was a completely different player the second half, and I think you’ll see that carry over into 2019. Odor is just 25 years old. It’s easy to forget how young he is because he broke into the majors so young. There’s still room for improvement, and I think you’ll see it next year.

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2019 will be Rougned Odor’s first All-Star appearance, with many more likely to come. It’s time to get your hopes back up for the Rangers’ slugging second baseman.

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