Texas Rangers: This is the perfect lineup for 2021

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 12, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rangers 7-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 12, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rangers 7-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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9: The Second Leadoff Hitter

Lastly, we have Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop for the Rangers.

He proved this past season that he is a Gold Glove caliber defender, plus the bat finally came around to the tune of a .280 batting average and a .699 OPS.

Kiner-Falefa is the perfect ninth place hitter in this lineup. He gets on base, he can steal a bag at will and he can drive runners in.

Imagine having Kiner-Falefa driving in Jung or Guzman, then turning it over to Taveras, Calhoun and the big boppers. That is a lineup I can get behind.

So, to recap, I have played the role of new GM Chris Young in this lineup proposal. While not all the players listed are currently on the Rangers, those that aren’t are logical, cost-effective moves that Texas could easily make. Once again, here is the Texas Rangers’ perfect lineup for the 2021 season:

  1. CF Leody Taveras (S)
  2. DH Willie Calhoun (L)
  3. 2B Nick Solak (R)
  4. RF Joey Gallo (L)
  5. LF Yasiel Puig (R)
  6. 1B Ronald Guzman (L)
  7. 3B Josh Jung (R)
  8. C Jose Trevino (R)/ Jason Castro (L)
  9. SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa (R)
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