Texas Rangers‘ manager Chris Woodward preaches accountability on his ballclub. Now, it looks like the organization is backing that message up.
In a flurry of roster moves prior to a weekend series against the Astros in Houston, first baseman Curtis Terry, the team’s No. 26 prospect, is finally getting the call to the big leagues as the Rangers search for any jolt they can give a sluggish lineup at this point in the season.
Terry had been raking at AAA Round Rock prior to his promotion to the big leagues, with a 17 homers and a .958 OPS. He more than deserves this opportunity, and we’ve been advocating for this move for quite some time.
But back to accountability. In addition to the jubilation of the Terry promotion, the Texas Rangers opted to send down struggling second baseman Nick Solak to Round Rock in a surprising move.
Nick Solak is down and Curtis Terry is up for the Texas Rangers
With just a .648 OPS and nine homers in 334 at-bats, the 26-year-old just hasn’t found consistency with the bat since winning the starting second base job out of spring training. A demotion to AAA should give Solak a chance to clear his head and perhaps rekindle his stroke.
The bat is what makes Solak, after all, as his defense is suspect at second base. Therefore, if the bat isn’t working, he doesn’t become very useful beyond that.
It’s unfortunate that it has to come to this, because he is Dallas Cowboy’s QB Dak Prescott’s favorite player and was once a very promising piece upon his acquisition from the Rays back in 2019.
Nonetheless, the Texas Rangers have effectively sent a message to the rest of the team about player performance the rest of the way: step up and play your best, or risk demotion or a trade out of town. There’s little margin for error.
Nick Solak had to find that out the hard way.