What does the 2022 Texas Rangers Opening Day Roster look like right now?

Aug 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (55) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray (55) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 30, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Adolis Garcia (53) and designated hitter Andy Ibanez (77) celebrate Garcia hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Adolis Garcia (53) and designated hitter Andy Ibanez (77) celebrate Garcia hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fifth inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The 2022 Texas Rangers roster as of now: Center Fielders

Certainties: Adolis García

Not a whole lot of controversy here. Adolis was the star of the show in Arlington in 2021 and was probably the main reason a fair share of fans even came to games. After being designated for assignment by the Rangers, then given another shot during spring training, he produced a powerful season at the plate with 31 home runs and a .741 OPS. Garcia spent about 79 games in center field in 2021 and 51 in right field. He was an All-Star, and a Gold Glove and Rookie of the Year candidate as well. Garcia will be the everyday starter at center field, depending on what the Rangers do with an outfielder-centered signing or trade.

Dark Horse:  Leody Taveras

Taveras just finished a winter ball regular season in the Carribean with a .274 average, 19 RBIs, and more walks than strikeouts in 40 games. He’s been able to showcase his talent at many levels. He’s 18 for 19 stealing bases in the majors, he has a respectable career slash line of .258/.326/.375 in the minors, and he’s got a cannon of an arm. He just has not been able to translate his hitting to the pros. He struck out 60 times in 174 at-bats with Texas in 2021. He’s so very close to being MLB-ready, but we’re waiting for it to carry over and it would be very beneficial for the Rangers if 2022 was the year.

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