3 reasons to be excited about Texas Rangers’ rookie center fielder Eli White
A hot bat
Eli White is tearing the cover off the baseball at Texas Rangers spring training
The young center fielder opened eyes this spring when he came out of the gates hotter than the sun.
He has since cooled off as the spring has progressed, but is sitting on a .276 batting average currently.
Add to that a .400 OBP, three stolen bases, one homerun and four driven-in over 29 at-bats, and you’ve got the makings of a quality big leaguer.
Undoubtedly the hottest outfielder not named Joey Gallo, Eli White has far surpassed that of his main competition in Leody Taveras.
Taveras has struggled mightily to start the spring, but has begun to find his rhythm and more plate discipline of late.
Is White’s hot bat enough to propel him into the starting lineup over Taveras? Maybe, but a lot can happen over the last few spring games.
So far, he is the leading candidate to take the Opening Day job, solely based on performance, but if Taveras heats up, it will make for a difficult decision.
As for White, though, he’s more than done his part.