Projecting the Texas Rangers’ 26-man roster halfway through spring training

Seth Carlson
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 28: Members of the Texas Rangers stand during the National Anthem before a MLB baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Globe Life Field on August 28, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 28: Members of the Texas Rangers stand during the National Anthem before a MLB baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Globe Life Field on August 28, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Isiah Kiner-Falefa Texas Rangers
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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.

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