We’re starting to approach the top-five players on the Texas Rangers roster, so these are typically guys who are indispensable and are locks to make the team in 2022.
To recap the rankings so far:
10. Dane Dunning
9. Taylor Hearn
8. Joe Barlow
7. Jonah Heim/Jose Trevino
Now, we’re on to No. 6.
Top 10 Texas Rangers players right now
#6 Nathaniel Lowe
Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in December 2020 in an effort to stabilize the first base position for the first time since Mark Teixeira was shipped out of town, Nathaniel Lowe did just that in 2021.
The 26-year-old was solid last season, as he hit 18 home runs with a .772 OPS. He’s not great with the glove, but he’ll get the job done. That right there is Lowe in a nutshell: he’ll get the job done.
Lowe will never be one of the five best players at his position, let alone a superstar like Freddie Freeman or Matt Olson, but he’s consistent. He’ll show up every day, be a good leader in the clubhouse and play the game the right way. On a young Texas Rangers squad, that can be an invaluable presence to have.
Lowe was easily one of the best players on this team in 2021, and if this were a ranking of last year’s team, he would undoubtedly finish in the top five. However, Texas has made some improvements this off-season, bringing in elite talent. Therefore, ranking Lowe outside the top-five is less of an indictment on him and more so the fact that the Rangers’ roster has improved.
In any case, no current Texas Rangers player ranking could exclude Nathaniel Lowe, who was one of the team’s top position players in 2021 and, if he doesn’t get traded, will probably be so once again in 2022.