Texas Rangers: Predicting the 2022 infielders before free agency

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 20: Isiah Kiner-Falefa #9 of the Texas Rangers connects on a fifth inning RBI double against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 20, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The infield for the Texas Rangers is in good shape as all of the incumbent infielders are under the age of 30.  The addition of #2 prospect Josh Jung, will solidify the third base position for many years to come.

Here are the infielders currently in the Texas organization prior to free agency, and don’t forget to read our other roster predictions as well.

Texas Rangers Infield: Returning players

Isiah Kiner-Falefa

  • Age: 26
  • Draft: 4th Round, 130th Overall in 2013 by Texas Rangers
  • 2021 Stats
  • GP: 158
  • HR: 8
  • RBI: 53
  • SB: 20
  • AVG: .271

Isiah Kiner-Falefa just finished his 4th season playing for Texas.  After winning the Rawlings AL Gold Glove for 3B in 2020, Kiner-Falefa moved to SS and had an ever better fielding percentage, .972 in 2021.  In 392 career games, Kiner-Falefa has compiled a .265 AVG, 16 HR, 118 RBI, 38 SB.  Kiner-Falefa should have a long career in the infield for the Rangers.

Nathaniel Lowe Texas Rangers

HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 23: Nate Lowe #30 of the Texas Rangers triples in two runs in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 23, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Nathaniel Lowe

  • Age: 26
  • Draft: 13th Round, 390th Overall in 2016 by Tampa Bay Rays
  • 2021 Stats
  • GP: 157
  • HR: 18
  • RBI: 72
  • SB: 8
  • AVG: .264

Nathaniel Lowe was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in December 2020.  Lowe just completed his first full season in MLB.  He played two partial seasons with the Rays.  For his career, Lowe has played 228 games, and has compiled a .260 AVG, 29 HR, 102 RBI, 9 SB.  Lowe needs to continue to hit consistently if he is going to continue playing 1B with Texas.  The Rangers have several young prospects who could push Lowe for playing time in the next year or so.

Nick Solak

  • Age: 26
  • Draft: 2nd Round, 62nd Overall in 2016 by New York Yankees
  • 2021 Stats
  • GP: 127
  • HR: 11
  • RBI: 49
  • SB: 7
  • AVG: .242

Nick Solak was traded to the Rangers for Peter Fairbanks in July 2019.  Solak has been inconsistent at the plate since his arrival to the Rangers.  In July, Solak was sent down to Round Rock (AAA) where he found his swing and came back to Texas and hit .371 during nine games in August.  Solak needs to be a consistent hitter for the Rangers.  Several top prospects in the Rangers MILB system can play second base and should be pushing for playing time within the next year or so.

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