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: Spencer Howard #31 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: Spencer Howard #31 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

3. Spencer Howard establishes himself as a legitimate rotation piece

After being traded to the Rangers in 2021, Howard struggled, posting a 9.70 ERA down the stretch and continuing along the same trajectory that had plagued him with the Phillies.

Once a former top pitching prospect, Howard still has that within him. The talent never left. He may never become an ace, but he doesn’t need to be in Texas. Not with Jack Leiter and Cole Winn on the way. Not with Ricky Vanasco and Owen White also waiting in the wings. And that alone should be a difference maker for Howard in 2022, knowing the pressure is off.

Still, the Rangers need to see Howard step up in 2022 to validate their decision to swap Hans Crouse for him last summer. Based on the spring training he’s had, improvement could be imminent.

Across 7.2 spring innings, the 25-year-old has nine strikeouts and a sparkling 2.35 ERA. But best of all? Just two walks. Control has given Howard trouble over his career, so it’s nice to see him reign his stuff in more this spring. Watch Howard’s development this season as Texas continues to bring him along.

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