Texas Rangers Opening Day lineup prediction: Bottom of the order
7. 1B Nate Lowe
The Texas Rangers had to justify trading assets to acquire Nate Lowe from the Rays this winter, so despite his overall struggles in spring training, he makes the roster and starts at 1B.
Injuries to Willie Calhoun and Khris Davis that will sideline them for the beginning of the season will make it possible for both Guzman and Lowe to make the Opening Day roster.
Lowe profiles more like a DH than a first baseman, but nonetheless, he will be starting at first base on April 1. For us, however, he’ll need to hit his way to a more prominent spot in this lineup.
8. C Jose Trevino
The other lineup lock here besides Joey Gallo, Jose Trevino was slated to be the starting catcher from the get-go.
Trevino was respectable with the bat last season and in spring training, but unless you’re J.T Realmuto, Willson Contreras or James McCann, the catcher typically hits in the bottom part of the batting order.
9. CF Eli White
You can’t help but be impressed by the spring training that Eli White has had.
With a .323/.436/.984 slash line in 30+ spring at-bats, White has hit in addition to flashing his fielding versatility and speed.
The 26-year-old has earned the starting center field job over Taveras for now, and will make a nice “double leadoff hitter” tandem with Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who is the actual leadoff hitter in this prediction.