Texas Rangers All-Decade Spring Team: Third Base
Michael Young and Adrian Beltre were the staples at the hot corner for the past decade, with the Texas Rangers struggling to find a solid fit at third base since Beltre’s retirement.
Shockingly, neither one of these Ranger legends make the cut at third base for this list.
Taking the starting spot at third base is minor league veteran Guilder Rodriguez, who made his MLB debut at the ripe age of 31-years old.
He only saw seven games at the big league level, but spent 13 years in the minors before making his big league debut.
However during 2012 spring training, Rodriguez went off in a short sample size, sporting an OPS of 1.750 and hitting .500.
His spring success unfortunately never translated at the major league level, but he earns the starting spot on this roster.
Backing him up at the hot corner is now-Baltimore Oriole Chris Davis.
Many Ranger fans have to look way back to remember Davis playing third base, because he’s seen a majority of his time at first over the last decade.
He put on a great spring training in 2011, hitting .362 with five homers and 18 driven-in, while sporting a 1.128 OPS.
That is definitely good enough to earn him a spot on the All-Decade Spring Training team.