Corey Seager hitting home runs, Jack Leiter throwing heat. The first spring training game of 2022 for the Texas Rangers went just how they drew it up.
It’s easy to get on the hype train after just one exhibition game, emphasis on the exhibition. But as the Rangers and Kansas City Royals finished in a 5-5 tie at Surprise Stadium Friday afternoon to kick off Cactus League play, it’s hard not to be excited about what Texas is building now and into the future.
We’ll start on the offensive side with Corey Seager, who had himself a debut with the Texas Rangers.
Corey Seager goes 2-2 with a home run in his Texas Rangers spring debut
That beautiful left-handed swing. The Ranger red, blue and white. I’m not sure I can still fathom the fact that Corey Seager is really part of this time. But it’s no dream, Seager has finally arrived and provided just a glimpse of what we can expect from the superstar shortstop assuming he can stay healthy this season.
We really could get used to this.
Jack Leiter pumped heat in his Texas Rangers spring debut
While the Texas Rangers’ biggest free agent acquisition was heating up at the plate, so too was top pitching prospect Jack Leiter, who had himself an electric day on the mound.
In his first inning of work, Leiter struck out the side in impressive fashion, showcasing the stuff that made him the No. 2 overall selection in last summer’s draft. The second inning didn’t go nearly as smooth for the former Vandy Boy, as he surrendered a home run and a few hits, but that didn’t detract from the overwhelming positives on the day.
Leiter is certainly close to the big leagues. With a full professional season ahead, he’ll only become more comfortable with facing pro hitters after dominating the college landscape at Vanderbilt.
The excitement is tangible!