The 2022 Texas Rangers roster as of now: Third Basemen
Certainties: Josh Jung, Isiah Kiner-Falefa
This is the part of the post where I fanboy over Josh Jung. I am an eternal optimist. I’ve been attending Rangers games since 2002 and I’ve been put through just about every imaginable invention of torture supporting them since. Yet, unwavering is my hope for this team, and by virtue, Josh Jung. He is the poster child of this organization’s prospect tank, and a lot of people are thirsty for a glass of whatever offensive firepower he can bring to this team in 2022.
Jung absolutely decimated minor league pitchers in 2021, and his floor as a player is far more promising than the ceiling of other Rangers. He’s not the greatest defensive potential of all time by any stretch, but he has coasted above .300 hitting in the minors and cracked home runs at furious paces. He turns 24 in February and has a real shot to be a franchise cornerstone for the next five to ten years.
Dark Horse: ?
My prediction is that Jung starts the season at third base and Kiner-Falefa is either traded or repositioned into the outfield, but the former seems far more likely and fair to IKF. Jung will be playing regular games at third base by mid-May, I can all but guarantee. In all honesty, I really don’t have any idea what will happen. Jung’s tear through minor league ball is exhilarating, but Sherten Apostel is nowhere near as major-league ready as Jung, offensively speaking.