Well here we are, about a week from the regular season and with a shortened spring training, many players have been pressed to find a place to play the field. Barring a trade or unexpected signing, the Texas Rangers‘ 40-man roster is mostly set to start the season.
The problem is that even with the new rules, only 28 players can be on the active roster. That number shrinks to 26 once May starts. Another key factor to keep in mind is teams are allowed to carry as many pitchers as they want, but that number dwindles to 13 for May as well.
With multiple contestants competing for a rotation spot, it makes sense to have a few more starters, but there are plenty of other position battles going on as well. Unless there are injuries, the only secure spots are: 1B, 2B, SS, starting catcher, 2 starters and 1 OF. This leaves 21 other spots up for grabs.
Looking at 2022 Texas Rangers position battles
To shave that down, some bullpen pieces who are likely to make it are Joe Barlow, Spencer Patton, Nick Snyder, Garrett Richards, Brett Martin, Dennis Santana and Josh Sborz. Now, there are a few starter/bullpen types that will likely just be bullpen arms, but I’ll get to that. This brings it down to 14.
So let’s take a look at how this could break down before opening day. Oh, and to those hoping to see some of the younger prospects who are mashing right now, sorry, but you’ll have to wait for them.