Texas Rangers All-Decade Spring Team: Outfield
For the outfielders, I have selected the top three and two backups to make up this roster.
To my surprise, the likes of Josh Hamilton, David Murphy, Nelson Cruz and company were not on this list, but they were minor-league players making a case for themselves.
Beginning with two RoughRiders from the 2019 season that put on a hitting clinic.
The better of the two was Josh Atlmann, who hit .400 and slugged 1.200 with an OPS of 1.700.
He didn’t play a whole lot that spring, but made the best of his plate appearances by hitting one homer and one double and adding a walk and RBI to the mix.
Second is LeDarious Clark.
Clark is a guy that doesn’t have much size, but when he gets a hold of the baseball, he can hit it as hard and as far as anyone.
In 2019, Clark hit .500 over his 11 games played for the Texas Rangers, slugging .850 and having an OPS of 1.475.
He didn’t hit any long balls, but used his excellent speed to hit one double and triple, walk twice and didn’t strike out at all.
Neither Altmann or Clark have seen time at the major league level, but are quality depth pieces nonetheless.
Rounding out the starting outfielders is Joey Butler, who saw time with the Rangers, Cardinals and Rays from 2013-2015.
Butler was exceptionally good in the spring of 2012, hitting two doubles, one triple and walking three times, while hitting .462/.563/.769.
His OPS that spring was 1.332 and impressed enough to get the call the following season.
For the bench players, we have Carlos Gomez and Eli White.
Gomez sported a 1.148 OPS while hitting three home runs and driving in 13 during his 16 spring games in 2017.
Eli White posted a 1.205 OPS last spring, while hitting two homers and driving in six.
Carlos Tocci could have been added here, as well, but was just shy of Gomez’s strong spring with a 1.032 OPS in 2019.