Texas Rangers: Shortstop set to be as steady as always in 2020

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers in position during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 5, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 05: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers in position during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 5, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 29: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 29: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

2019 Recap

As a position, shortstop saw much less turnover during the 2019 season than the other infield spots. Only three players got time at short last year with Elvis Andrus dominating the innings and Logan Forsythe and Danny Santana filling in as needed. After a disappointing 2018 campaign, Andrus posted a 2019 season that was once again down compared to his relatively high standards.

The unit as a whole performed below par offensively, a theme that is recognizable throughout the entirety of the Texas Rangers lineup. A combined .271 average seems respectable but a .705 OPS shows a struggle to generate much meaningful impact at the plate.

  • Elvis Andrus – 146 G – .272/.311/.392/.703
  • Logan Forsythe – 15 G – .256/.373/.442/.814
  • Danny Santana – 7 G – .259/.286/.296/.582

Things were a bit brighter defensively with Elvis Andrus continuing his consistent positive defensive play. Andrus finished with a 2.2 UZR/150 in 1279.1 innings, down just slightly from the 3.4 he posted in 2018. Logan Forsythe was stout as well in just over 100 innings with a 9.4 UZR/150 which helps make up for the lack of offensive production seen at the position.

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