We compiled a list of the best Texas Rangers spring training performers over the last decade.
Every year a surprise player or two makes the Opening Day roster out of spring training.
Most of them are veterans in camp on minor league deals, but the occasional prospect will sneak their way onto the big league roster, like Fernando Tatis Jr. in 2019.
Every year, there are always players who perform at a high level, but may not get the call, as well.
However, this is the Texas Rangers All-Decade Spring Training team, equipped with players who made the roster and those who didn’t but performed at a high level.
In order to qualify, they would have had to play in at least five games throughout spring camp and be the top performer at their position based on OPS.
Keep in mind, these are the best numbers overall for the entire decade, so you may see some unfamiliar names on this list.
Any player that has been in Rangers’ camp over the last decade, assuming they meet the requirements listed above, are in play for this list.
We’ll get right into it, beginning with the best spring training backstops from 2011-2020.
Texas Rangers All-Decade Spring Team: Catchers
The Texas Rangers have seen plenty of different catchers come through the system over the last decade, most notably Mike Napoli, Jonathan Lucroy and top prospect Sam Huff.
None of these guys are remotely close to taking the top two spots on this list.
Taking the top two spots for the Texas Rangers are Jose Heberto Felix and Tim Federowicz.
Over the last decade, Jose Felix barely squeaked in with the highest OPS, but was also among the top catchers twice over the last decade.
His best spring came in 2011, where he hit .833 over five games, and sported a 1.833 OPS.
He also was the top catcher in camp in 2013, playing in 10 games for the Rangers and having a slash line of .357/.400/.571 with a .971 OPS.
The backup catcher on this squad is Tim Federowicz, who had his best camp in 2020, hitting .357 with one home run and four doubles to his credit. He added a 1.257 OPS last spring, as well.
Federowicz saw big league time with Texas in 2019, batting .160 with four homers and one pitching appearance.