What can the Texas Rangers expect from Leody Taveras?

HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 03: Leody Taveras #65 of the Texas Rangers pops out in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 03, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 8-4. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 03: Leody Taveras #65 of the Texas Rangers pops out in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 03, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 8-4. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Projections for Taveras’ future with the Texas Rangers.

Leody Taveras, no doubt, is a quality talent that the Rangers will have out in center field for years to come.

Obviously, his speed and defense are there, but the ability to hit will make him an interesting player to watch over the next several seasons.

Again, some of his struggles at the plate have been a result of swing changes to expand the zone and trying to add more power to his swing, which was by design.

From both the fan’s perspective and the Rangers’ perspective, it’s clear he survived his first year in the majors and showed that he’s earned the opportunity to improve exponentially.

He has a really good approach at the plate, had the highest walk rate of his career in 2020 and has the ability to hit for power from both sides of the plate.

He was not scared or intimidated by the major leagues, and that bodes well for his development.

In my opinion, Leody Taveras was easily the Rangers’ best player over the last five weeks or so of the season.

When looking for comparisons for Taveras, he could be a Lorenzo Cain or Kevin Kiermaier should he reach his full potential.

And believe us, the Rangers would be thrilled with that outcome.

His ever-improving performance and his confidence at the big league level will only help his development, and help the Rangers deploy an All-Star caliber player in center field for the long haul.

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