Leading off: CF Leody Taveras
Name the last time the Texas Rangers had a switch-hitting, elite defensive center fielder who can put the ball in play, AND has developing power to go along with it.
Pretty difficult, right?
Well, it’s something that Texas has never really had before.
Taveras has elite speed and a cannon for an arm, making him a great center fielder, but as we saw in a short sample size, he can swing the twig a little bit, too.
The young outfielder was critiqued heavily in the minor leagues for not being able to hit as he progressed, but proved everyone wrong as soon as he got to the big stage.
He hit .227 with four homers and 11 RBIs, which at first glance, is not that impressive.
What wasn’t shown, however, was his patience and mature eye at the plate, as well as a calm presence overall.
These are all things that are very impressive for the recently turned 22-year-old.
Taveras will be a mainstay in the Rangers lineup for years to come, giving Texas true center fielder and leadoff man for the foreseeable future.