Texas Rangers: Three players on the verge of breaking out this season

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Texas Rangers reliever Taylor Hearn pitches against the Seattle Mariners(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Texas Rangers reliever Taylor Hearn pitches against the Seattle Mariners(Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /
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Texas Rangers' righty Kyle Cody
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2021 Texas Rangers breakout candidate: RHP Kyle Cody

Kyle Cody was on the precipice of a big season in 2020.

In eight total games last season (including five starts), the 26-year-old Cody posted a 1.59 ERA, 3.90 FIP and struck out 18 over 22.2 innings pitched.

Like Hearn, those numbers appear favorable for his chances of ascending in 2021.

Of course, the sample size in 2020 was small, but Cody definitely gave the Rangers reason to believe he can be part of their future rotation configuration.

With more opportunities for playing time last season, it’s possible Cody would have broken out in 2020.

Instead, he merely scratched the surface of his potential, leaving the team with a preview of what could turn out to be a sophomore surge.

Cody is currently ranked as Texas’ No. 24 prospect, a designation that he should lose as he gains more big league experience in 2021.

Look for the big right hander to be featured prominently in Texas’ rotation heading into the new season.

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