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