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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PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 31: Jeffrey Springs #54 of the Texas Rangers delivers a sixth inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. It was Springs MLB debut. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

The Longshots

These players do not seem to have a strong chance to make the big league roster on opening day, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have an effect on the team later on.

Brock Burke, Taylor Hearn, Joe Palumbo

While we are all excited about the future of these guys, it seems like a stretch to pencil them into the rotation on opening day. They are full of potential and could very well be part of the rotation of the future, whether that future is this season at some point or a year from now. I would count on each to be in AAA to start the season.

Kyle Bird

The lefty that was acquired in the Jurickson Profar trade has been fantastic so far this spring. He’ll have a shot at making the opening day roster.

Andy Ibanez, Eli White, Nolan Fontana

These guys are fighting a battle with Patrick Wisdom to become the utility infielder, but I think Wisdom will hold onto the role into the regular season.

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