Texas Rangers: Predicting the Opening Day lineup at Kansas City

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GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 02: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox during a spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 2, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 02: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers hits a home run against the Chicago White Sox during a spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 2, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images) /
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Texas Rangers Opening Day lineup prediction: Middle of the order

4. DH Ronald Guzman

Ronald Guzman came into spring training with a revamped swing, in shape and off a Winter League MVP. And did he ever show off with a .306/.390/1.001 slash line with three home runs in 36 spring at-bats.

The Condor showed us why he still belongs on the Texas Rangers, and we’ve awarded him the cleanup spot and the starting DH job for it (since Nate Lowe won the first base starting job).

5. 3B Rougned Odor

We don’t like doing this, but we can’t ignore the quality spring that Rougned Odor has had since responding to calls for his departure from the team.

He’s earned the starting third base job until Josh Jung is ready to take over (plus he has a contract that would look hideous on the bench).

We’ll see how long Odor lasts in this role…

6. 2B Nick Solak

Things began slowly for Nick Solak this spring, but he started to round into form later on.

The starting second baseman is renowned for his hit tool, and demonstrated why with a .300/.333/.958 slash line and four home runs in 40 spring at-bats.

2021 will be a “prove it” year for Solak, as the Rangers will need to decide if he’s viable at the second base position going forward. With his hitting upside and future on the line, Solak could cash in this season.

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