Yohel Pozo, MLB Debut with the Texas Rangers- August 13, 2021
Yohel Pozo became just the 10th player in Rangers history to hit a home run in his major-league debut on August 13 against the Oakland Athletics.
Since then, the production has been limited in a small sample size, but that doesn’t mean Woodward isn’t excited about what Texas has in the 24-year old.
That excitement is purely based on Pozo’s bat, not glove — at least for now. The catcher/designated hitter was not on the Rangers’ radar in the early goings of the season for a call-up.
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But after being Round Rock’s best hitter in AAA, Texas’ brass was forced to give the 24-year old a look at the big-league level.
There is no mincing words, though. Pozo is in Arlington to hit, and not play catcher. With a AAA slash line of .337/.350/.608, combined with 19 home runs and 63 RBI, you can’t blame anyone for owning that opinion.
In eight games with Texas since his call-up, the native of Maracaibo, Venezuela has six hits for an average of .194. His extended look at the big-league level may have to wait, due to the crowded, young Rangers roster.
Still, the intrigue with Pozo is there. The power has been on display throughout his minor-league tenure and his free-swinging attitude doesn’t seem to bother Woodward at all.
“If he gets a ball over the plate, I want to see him swing,” Woodward said prior Pozo’s first taste of big-league action.