Texas Rangers positional battle review: Who takes center field?

SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 07: Eli White #41 of the Texas Rangers rounds third base during the fourth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Surprise Stadium on March 07, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 07: Eli White #41 of the Texas Rangers rounds third base during the fourth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Surprise Stadium on March 07, 2021 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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Texas Rangers Center Field battle: Eli White

Among all of the Rangers’ prospects I thought that would make the Opening Day roster, White was among those at the bottom.

He has proven me, and many others, wrong this spring by hitting a whopping .333 this spring with a homer.

He has always graded well defensively and was projected to be a super-utility player at the major league level, but is making his case to be an everyday big leaguer.

A career .277 minor league hitter, White has shown the ability to put bat-to-ball, but struggled in his debut season last year.

He’s also made solid contact, but as baseball goes sometimes, most found the opponent’s mitt.

If anyone is going to force Leody Taveras back into the minor leagues this season, it will be Eli White.

Assuming he continues this torrid start, the Rangers will have a tough decision to make regarding their starting center fielder, in what looks to be a battle going down to the wire.

For the Rangers, if neither Taveras or White are their guy right now, they could turn to an old friend who is back with the organization.

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