Texas Rangers: The 2022 Opening Day dream lineup
By Chris Giles
Batting 4th for the Texas Rangers – Adolis Garcia – RF (R)
Adolis Garcia was on my radar prior to Spring Training in 2021. With a strong spring, Garcia should have made the Rangers Opening Day Roster. Garcia was called up to the Rangers for good in April and the rest is history.
He was the AL Player of the Week in April and AL Rookie of the Month in May. At 28, Garcia is also an AL Rookie of the Year candidate.
Garcia is the most well-rounded player on the Rangers. He hits for power 31 (HR) and 26 (2B), has speed 16 (SB), and is terrific defensively. He is also versatile, as he can play every position in the outfield.
Expect Garcia to continue to provide energy on and off the field, hit for power and play great defense in 2022.
Batting 5th – Kris Bryant – LF (R)
Texas has had interest in adding Kris Bryant for several years. After the World Series, Bryant becomes a free agent and at almost 30, this will probably be Bryant’s last big payday.
In 2021, Bryant was traded by the Chicago Cubs to San Francisco. For the season, Bryant hit for a .265 (AVG), 32 (2B), 25 (HR), 73 (RBI), and 10 (SB).
During his seven year career, Bryant has a .278 (AVG), 167 (HR), 487 (RBI).
Bryant would be an excellent addition to hit in the middle of the order and play LF for the Rangers in 2022 and beyond.
Contract: 5 yr, $125M (2022-26)
Batting 6th – Josh Jung – 3B (R)
Josh Jung is the prize position player in the Texas prospect pool. Currently, it is my belief that the Rangers have Jung penciled in to start the season in MLB with Texas.
Jung has only played 122 career MILB games so, there is no rush to move him into the big leagues. The Rangers do have an opening at 3B and if it wasn’t for an injury during Spring Training in 2021, Jung may have played for the Rangers when the rosters expanded in September.
For his MILB career, Jung has hit for a .322 (AVG), 21 (HR), 89 (RBI), and a .394 (OBP).
I see Jung making the Opening Day Roster and batting 6th for the Rangers.