Texas Rangers positional battle review: Who takes center field?
The Texas Rangers have a new positional battle on their hands.
The centerfield competition became more noticeable with the emergence of Jason Martin and Eli White.
For Leody Taveras, he still has the upper-hand in the competition with his skillset and small sample-size of big league experience, but any slipup and he could see more time in the minors.
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Eli White is forcing the issue when it comes to giving him playing time, and the Rangers firmly believe he could be an everyday outfielder.
As for Martin and DeShields, I believe they are competing for the fourth outfield spot on the Opening Day roster, but with good at-bats, they could see increased playing time early in the season.
Bubba Thompson has also been considered here, but is looking to rebound more this season in the minors than make it to the major leagues.
If Thompson stays healthy and finds a consistent swing, he could factor into the Rangers’ plans more next season.
With two weeks left this spring, anything can happen, but it should come down to Taveras and White.
I believe that Leody Taveras will keep his starting role to begin the season, but as soon as he begins to struggle, Eli White’s name will be called upon.