Now, we knew the 2021 Rangers season was going to be filled with fresh faces eager to make a splash on a young Texas team, but it doesn’t hurt to look back at those who once proudly wore Texas on their chest.
Here’s how these 2020 ex-Rangers performances went in the first week of the 2021 MLB season.
Former Texas Rangers’ RHP Lance Lynn continues to be dominant with the White Sox.
In his two years with the Rangers, Lance Lynn became one of the most dependable pitchers Texas had in their starting rotation. During his final year with the team, Lynn pitched a winning record of 6-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 84 innings.
Lance Lynn’s debut with the White Sox started off a little rocky on April 3rd against the LA Angles, but it was his start today against the Kansas City Royals that made White Sox fans pretty excited.
Lynn pitched a complete game shutout with 11 Ks and only allowing five hits in his first win of the season.
Lynn is projected to have another solid season with the White Sox and add his skills to an already star-studded starting pitching rotation.
Former Texas Rangers’ RHP Corey Kluber survives more than one inning in the Bronx.
In the 2020 season with Texas, Corey Kluber threw 18 pitches in his debut before exiting the game with just one-inning pitched. He would go on to miss the rest of the season with a torn muscle in his right shoulder.
While the two-time Cy Young winner’s tenure with Texas wasn’t the most memorable, Kluber looked for a complete fresh start by signing a one-year $11 million contract with the New York Yankees in the offseason.
In his first start, Corey Kluber (0-0) gave up five hits and two runs in four innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Kluber’s command will need some tweaking but staying healthy is his biggest obstacle for the season.
If Kluber is able to find the consistency that he once had in Cleveland, he could become a vital piece in the Yankees starting rotation as they have hopes for a World Series run again.
The 34-year-old is looking for his first win in two years and is scheduled to pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 9th.
Former Texas Rangers’ OF Shin-Soo Choo tries to make splash in the KBO.
Where did time go? It seems like it was just yesterday when Shin-Soo Choo signed a seven-year 130-million-dollar contract with the Rangers in 2013.
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Choo instantly became a fan-favorite and Ranger fans filled Globe Life Park with “Choo” chants any time he made a great play or even came up to the plate.
In seven years with the Rangers, he helped Texas achieve two more AL West pennants and back-to-back postseason appearances. Unfortunately, injuries often sidelined Choo and it was even more relevant during the 2020 season. Choo would only play 33 games in the final year of his contract before electing for free agency.
The 38-year-old eventually agreed to join the SSG Landers of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) on a one-year $2.4 million contract.
After a 0-for-14 skid, Choo hit an absolute dinger for his first KBO hit of the season.
In four games played with the SSG Landers, Choo has notched two hits and is currently batting .143. Again, a very short sample of the season, but we wish nothing but the best for Shin-Soo Choo and hope to see him excel in the KBO.
Meanwhile, former Texas Rangers legend SS Elvis Andrus is struggling early in Oakland.
We cannot thank Elvis Andrus enough for the amazing memories he provided fans each time he took the field in Arlington, TX. The trade to Oakland is still a tough one to digest for Ranger fans, but the hope was for Andrus to have a bounce back year in a new setting.
While it’s just a sample size of the young season, Andrus has stumbled early in his new threads. The shortstop has recorded one hit in 24 at-bats and is currently batting a low .042.
I have no doubt those numbers will jump quickly once he finds his rhythm, but his plate confidence has fallen tremendously. The narrative of Andrus’ offense regressing started in 2020 when he posted a career worst, .194/.252/.330/.582, at the plate.
Elvis has flashed his defensive skills with the Athletics, but that’s about it.
The A’s have started the 2021 season just 1-6 and currently sit in last place in the AL West. We hope for the best for Elvis Andrus and anticipate he will get back to the playmaker we all know he can be.
LHP Mike Minor – Minor had a short but solid career in Texas before finally being traded to the Oakland A’s during the 2020 trade deadline. He joined the Kansas City Royals during the off season on a two-year $18 million deal. He won his first start, which was against the Rangers during the team’s the opening series, only allowing four hits in six pitched innings.
C Robinson Chirinos – After two stints with the Rangers and eventually being traded to the New York Mets in 2020, the fan-favorite catcher also landed with the New York Yankees during the offseason. He is rehabbing a fractured wrist suffered in a Spring training game on March 10th. Chirinos remains on a minor-league deal with the Yankees.
INF Todd Frazier – Only playing half a season with Texas before being sent to the Mets with Robinson Chirinos, Frazier would go on to sign a minor-league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the offseason. He is currently on assignment with the Indianapolis Indians and has yet to make his 2021 regular-season debut.
OF Danny Santana – In 2019, Santana looked like he had a bright future with Texas as he posted 28 homers and batted .283. After a forgettable season in 2020, Danny signed a minor-league deal with the Boston Red Sox and has yet to make his 2021 regular-season debut.