The Texas Rangers in 2023 were very good as evidenced by the World Series the team won against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was not as simple as saying that Texas was good because Corey Seager and Marcus Semien played great. That was true though. It was not so easy to say that Texas was good because Josh Jung was a rookie of the year contender and Nathan Eovaldi was a Cy Young candidate at the All-Star break. Texas was good because of that, but also because they benefited from several unexpected performances throughout the 2023.
There were performances like what Grant Anderson did in his debut performance in Detroit, where he struck out seven in over two-plus innings pitched on the road in a close ball game. That list could also include what Travis Jankowski did the first four months in providing above-average defense across the outfield and several clutch hits. It could also include what Evan Carter did after being called up in September and how he performed in the playoffs. These three performances surpassed all of those performances based on the situation and the quality of the performance. These three helped define the next man-up nature that was the calling card for the 2023 Texas Rangers.