5 bold predictions for the 2022 Texas Rangers season

Seth Carlson
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 31: Adolis Garcia #53 of the Texas Rangers high fives Nathaniel Lowe #30 after Lowe hit a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of the MLB spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 31, 2022 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 31: Adolis Garcia #53 of the Texas Rangers high fives Nathaniel Lowe #30 after Lowe hit a home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of the MLB spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 31, 2022 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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SURPRISE, ARIZONA – MARCH 17: Nathaniel Lowe #30 of the Texas Rangers poses during Photo Day at Surprise Stadium on March 17, 2022 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Kelsey Grant/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, ARIZONA – MARCH 17: Nathaniel Lowe #30 of the Texas Rangers poses during Photo Day at Surprise Stadium on March 17, 2022 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Kelsey Grant/Getty Images) /

5 bold predictions for the 2022 Texas Rangers

2. Nathaniel Lowe will have a breakout season

He’s always had big-time potential. And 2022 is the year in which Lowe finally makes good on it.

Acquired from the Rays in December 2020, Lowe had solid but unspectacular first season in Texas, with 18 home runs and a .772 OPS. His contact skills are better than you think, as he hit .264 in 2021. He’ll never be mistaken for a contact hitter, however.

The one weak spot in Lowe’s game is his defense, which is less than stellar at first base. But based on the kind of year we’re predicting the 26-year-old to have in 2022, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Lowe always hits the ball hard and has sneaky good plate discipline. If he can really hone in on those attributes and eliminate some of his bad tendencies like chasing high fastballs and hitting balls on the ground rather than in the air, he’s going to enjoy a breakout year.

Pencil Lowe in for around 25-30 homers as one of the big boppers in this improved Texas Rangers lineup.

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