Texas Rangers: One bold prediction for every position player
By Travis Koch
Pence gets 250 at-bats
Amidst an impressive spring, it’s becoming more and more likely that Hunter Pence makes the opening day squad. That begs the question, how will the Rangers use him?
Gallo, DeShields, Mazara is the outfield the team intends to attack the season with. They also intend for Choo to get the bulk of the at-bats at DH. So where does Pence fit in?
With the lineup flexibility in today’s baseball and the frequent days off afforded to position players, Texas can find a way to include Pence in lineups often enough. He’ll be a great niche starter and an outstanding bat off the bench.
His playing time may be minimal to start, but if he hits, he’ll start to play more. A three-time All-Star, Pence has the ability to truly impact a lineup when he’s right. He’s capable of forcing Chris Woodward‘s hand to maneuver the lineup in a way to include his name on a routine basis. But he’ll have to hit.
I believe Pence hits well enough in 2019 to earn at least 250 at-bats.