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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Delino DeShields Texas Rangers
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Texas Rangers Center Field battle: Delino DeShields

After being dealt to Cleveland for Corey Kluber last season, DeShields came back to the Texas Rangers’ organization this season on a minor league deal.

DeShields has been a mainstay in the Texas lineup since he was taken in the Rule 5 Draft in 2015, but has struggled to find any consistency at the big league level.

If Texas feels like both White and Taveras need more time in the minors, Delino DeShields would be next in line to take over center field.

He’s had a quiet, but decent spring for the Rangers in 2021, hitting .286 in 14 at-bats with four hits and two runs scored.

We know that DeShields is one of the fastest players in the game, but his speed alone won’t keep him in the big leagues.

If he can get hot during the last two weeks of spring training, the veteran and fan favorite has an opportunity to not only make the team, but retake his starting role from two of the organization’s top prospects.

Lastly, if any of these guys fail to pan out, then the Rangers could look to another minor league signing who came from the Pittsburgh organization.

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