The Texas Rangers had one of the worst records in franchise history in 2021 when the team had a record of 60-102. For their efforts, the Rangers finished with the 3rd worst record in MLB and will pick 3rd in the 2022 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft next summer.
The interesting side note is that the team finished 5th in MLB attendance. According to ESPN, the MLB attendance average for Texas was 26,052 over the 81 home game schedule.
There is plenty of work to do in order to make the Rangers competitive and the ownership group is ready to spend.
Here is a look at the problem areas that need to be addressed prior to Opening Day in 2022.
Texas Rangers problem areas: Outfield
An offseason after two-thirds of their Opening Day outfield were either traded (Joey Gallo) or released (David Dahl), there are glaring weaknesses in the outfield of the Texas Rangers.
Adolis Garcia is guaranteed a spot in the Opening Day roster in 2021. He will either play RF or CF to start the season.
The remainder of the outfield is in a state of flux. The top prospects will not be ready to start the season in Texas.
Here is a summary of the internal candidates for outfield roster spots in 2022.
Players who played in the OF in 2021
Adolis Garcia (134), Joey Gallo (83), Eli White (53), DJ Peters (48), Leody Taveras (46), David Dahl (39), Willie Calhoun (38), Jason Martin (37),
Top Prospects (6)
#9 Evan Carter (A)
#13 Trevor Hauver (A/A+)
#14 Yeison Morrobel (ROK)
#19 Aaron Zavala (ROK/A)
#21 Steele Walker (AA/AAA)
#28 Bubba Thompson (AA)