Projecting the Texas Rangers’ 26-man roster halfway through spring training
By Seth Carlson
Texas Rangers roster projection 2.0: Starting Rotation (5)
- RHP Kyle Gibson
- RHP Mike Foltynewicz
- RHP Kohei Arihara
- RHP Dane Dunning
- LHP Hyeon-jong Yang
The first four spots in this projection were quite obvious to dole out, with Kyle Gibson expected to start Opening Day.
He’ll be followed in the rotation by free agent signees Mike Foltynewicz (who is having an outstanding spring so far) and Japanese righty Kohei Arihara.
I have Dane Dunning as the Rangers’ fourth starter, also an obvious rotation candidate given his high floor.
The fifth starter’s spot was a toss-up for me, although not in terms of handedness (it was going to be a lefty occupying the slot regardless).
Both Korean southpaw Hyeon-jong Yang and teammate Taylor Hearn have had effective outings in spring training as they make their bids for the rotation.
Ultimately, I gave the edge to Yang since he has starting experience (even if internationally) that Hearn doesn’t possess at the moment. Yang also has made it clear he’d like to start, so I believe the Rangers will honor that request if he keeps pitching well.