Projecting the Texas Rangers opening day roster

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 16: Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers hits a single to drive in Isiah Kiner-Falefa #9 to take the lead over the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning at Safeco Field on May 16, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 16: Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers hits a single to drive in Isiah Kiner-Falefa #9 to take the lead over the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning at Safeco Field on May 16, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 04: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Go ahead and Pencil these guys in

While spring training is about the battles, it’s also about getting the everyday players more reps to get ready for opening day. The Rangers are in a fortunate position to have a stellar young core that will continue to develop together for another year. The following positions, barring injury, are your guaranteed starters.

DH

Shin Soo-Choo looks to have another strong season like last year when he had a 52-game on-base streak.

1st Base

Ronald Guzman, aka The Condor, is the Rangers’ hopeful long-term 1st baseman. He’ll look to put it all together in his 2nd big league season.

2nd Base

Rougned Odor looks to bring back the power in his swing and continue with the hot glove as he’s coming off of a Gold Glove finalist year.

3rd Base

Go ahead and mark it down, Asdrubal Cabrera will take on 3rd base the year after Beltre.

Shortstop

Elvis Andrus embarks on his 11th year as a Ranger.

Left Field

Slugger Joey Gallo will take left field and will hopefully hit another 40 bombs and pick the average up a little bit.

Right Field

“The Big Chill” Nomar Mazara looks to his most important year yet. Could it be the year he emerges into stardom?

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