After a two-for-two day against the San Francisco Giants, veteran utility-man Charlie Culberson is making a statement to not only make the Texas Rangers’ roster, but start at the hot corner.
The fan-favorite utility-man went 2-2 on the day and scored the Rangers’ only run on a wild pitch.
What’s more impressive is the way he sprayed the ball across all fields.
In Culberson’s first at-bat, he shot a single to the opposite field, and pulled the second of his two hits into left field.
Charlie Culberson’s hot start could give him an early edge in the Texas Rangers’ third base competition.
Yes, it was his first game and yes, it was the Texas Rangers’ second game, but his strong performance has put the third base competition into full swing.
We’ve seen all of these guys in the Rangers’ first two games, which leads us to speculate who will take the lead at the hot corner by springs end.
I personally believe that both Brock Holt and Charlie Culberson will make the team’s Opening Day roster, kicking Rougned Odor and his massive contract on the curb.
Assuming both Culberson and Holt make the roster, one of them will play everyday and the other would presumably be the utility-infielder.
Over their careers, Holt has almost 100 more games at third base than Culberson, giving him an edge as the starter, but Culberson sports the better fielding percentage at the hot corner (.962).
You could make the argument for platooning the two of them, but in that case you could also argue a platoon for any of the four of them.
Offensively, Brock Holt has had a better career with a .268/.337/.369 slash line with 23 long balls and 203 runs driven in.
Culberson’s slash line is nothing to sleep on though, either. His career line is .249/.293/.391 with the same 23 home runs and 111 RBIs.
One thing to note about Culberson’s career, as well, is that he has 217 less strikeouts than Holt.
Regardless of who wins the third base job, the Texas Rangers can’t go wrong with either option.
They both provide quality, major league experience that will undoubtedly benefit a young core of Texas Rangers that will be here for the long haul.
Even if Odor or Ibanez end up taking the starting role, having either one of Charlie Culberson or Brock Holt back them up or in a platoon situation, is a win-win for the Texas Rangers.
So far this spring, Charlie Culberson has set the standard with a perfect day at the plate, but there is a lot of baseball to be played and anything can happen during the next three weeks.