Texas Rangers roster projection 2.0: Infield (6)
1B: Ronald Guzman
2B: Nick Solak
SS: Isiah Kiner-Falefa
3B: Charlie Culberson
Bench: Brock Holt, Rougned Odor
This is where things start to get interesting for the Rangers.
For starters, Ronald Guzman has vastly outplayed Nate Lowe at first base this spring. This is definitely a surprising development, as Lowe was the prohibitive favorite to land the starting job going into spring training after being acquired in an off-season trade with the Rays.
Guzman’s defensive prowess and his newfound explosive bat have stolen the show at camp, though, and I can’t help but be impressed and convinced that the Condor has earned this job for now.
I was tempted to put the hot-swinging Curtis Terry here as well, but while he’s a nice story, he’s still got some developmental strides to make. He’s not far away from factoring into these projections, though.
It’s the status quo at second base and shortstop, while Charlie Culberson has had a nice spring at the hot corner and is currently my new favorite to win that job when camp breaks.
Brock Holt and Rougned Odor head to the bench as utility players and experienced bats.