Texas Rangers: Ronald Guzman off to a sizzling start this spring

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TEMPE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 28: Ronald Guzman #11 of the Texas Rangers hits a solo home run in the spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
TEMPE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 28: Ronald Guzman #11 of the Texas Rangers hits a solo home run in the spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on February 28, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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The Texas Rangers are six games into their spring season. Among the bright spots thus far is 24-year-old and second year player, Ronald Guzman.

First baseman Ronald Guzman is one of the Texas Rangers sprinting out of the gates this spring. Playing in four of the team’s six games, he’s 4 for 8 with 3 home runs and 3 RBI. He’s also touched the plate 4 times and struck out just once.

Guzman’s first homer was off Cubs’ right-hander Alec Mills, and his second homer was against Angels’ left-hander Tyler Skaggs. He may never face Mills again, but you best believe he’ll see Skaggs a number of times just in 2019.

Spring numbers can be misleading, and there are many more games to be played before opening day; however, the Rangers must love what they’re seeing from Guzman. He’s acting and performing like a solidified first baseman. He knows the organization is counting on him to be just that.

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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 10: Ronald Guzman #67 of the Texas Rangers celebrates at home base after hitting a homerun in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium on August 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) /

The 24-year-old should get over 500 at-bats this season. Texas has no plans to platoon their young players, and Guzman is among them. He will have every opportunity to grow in his second big league season.

The Condor is certainly off to a sizzling start this spring. With that said, the sample is minimal. Hopefully he’ll continue to satisfy in March and into the regular season. He, along with many other young offensive players, is entering a very revealing year to the Texas Rangers’ future. Fans need a lot to feel good about after cheering on a 95-loss team a year ago.

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