3 biggest storylines to watch at 2022 Texas Rangers Spring Training

Seth Carlson
Mar 28, 2021; Surprise, Arizona, USA; A general view of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs during the second inning of a spring training game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 28, 2021; Surprise, Arizona, USA; A general view of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs during the second inning of a spring training game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Garrett Richards (43) pitches during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Garrett Richards (43) pitches during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

What are the 3 biggest storylines of 2022 Texas Rangers spring training?

2. Filling out the starting rotation

There’s no question one of the weakest areas of the Texas Rangers’ current roster is their starting rotation. When Jon Gray projects as your staff ace, there’s work to be done. That’s not meant as any disrespect, but it’s just the reality of the situation.

Texas missed out on Clayton Kershaw and Carlos Rodon, as well as trading for Sonny Gray, but they’ve since supplemented with lefty Martin Perez (a reunion) and righty Garrett Richards, signed to a one-year contract by the Rangers late Tuesday night. Both hurlers spent 2021 with the Boston Red Sox, and both figure to make the roster out of spring training this year given their collective experience.

Outside of Richards, Perez and Gray, the Rangers also have Dane Dunning and Taylor Hearn penciled into rotation spots, but expect Glenn Otto, Spencer Howard, Kolby Allard and A.J. Alexy, among others, to compete for time in the starting rotation as well.

It’s not the best rotation situation heading into 2022, but Texas will have to make do, seemingly. The good news? Pitching prospects are on the way!

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