Texas Rangers All-Decade Spring Team: Designated Hitter
The Texas Rangers have used plenty of different players at designated hitter over the past decade, but only two guys make the list here.
I will be giving the DH spot to Sam Travis, the former Red Sox prospect who was brought in last year on a minor league deal.
Travis never made the Texas Rangers’ roster, but had an outrageous spring even while he dealt with injuries.
Sam Travis had a slash line of .467/.529/.800 last spring with an OPS on 1.329 over eight games.
Of course, it’s not a huge sample size, but he crushed the baseball during those games.
Travis had one home run, two doubles and seven total hits over the course of his eight games, adding five RBIs and walking twice.
Michael Young will backup Travis, but had an equally impressive spring in 2012.
His power numbers were not there, but Young hit .423/.474/.519 over 19 games, sporting a .993 OPS.
He hit five doubles and drove-in three, while walking five times and striking out eight.
Mr. Ranger and Travis could be interchangeable here, but for the sake of the OPS grading, Travis edges him out.