MLB insider just hinted at huge Rangers-Wyatt Langford development

Wyatt Langford could be making it to the majors much quicker than anyone expected back when the Rangers drafted him.

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The talk of spring training for the Texas Rangers has been the play of Wyatt Langford, without question.

The fourth overall pick in the 2023 MLB draft came into camp with a ton of hype after a stellar pro debut last season, yet he has somehow exceeded those expectations with a stunning .346/.438/.808 slash line with four homers in 10 spring games. There is nothing normal about that from a guy that was just drafted several months ago.

Now, the buzz around Langford has gone from "how long will it be before he gets promoted?" to "Rangers fans will riot if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster," and Texas is going to be forced to make a decision very quickly.

According to MLB insider Jon Morosi, it is looking more and more like that decision is going to end up making Rangers fans very happy.

Jon Morosi expects Wyatt Langford to make Texas Rangers' Opening Day roster

To be fair, Morosi hasn't had the best track record this offseason when it comes to his predictions. He famously missed on the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes in spectacular fashion due to some bad information, but it is hard to argue with his reasoning here when it comes to Langford.

According to Morosi, the Rangers started spring training very open to the idea of Langford making the Opening Day roster, and based on how much they have played him this spring, that checks out. Given that Langford has posted a 1.246 OPS in camp, that seems to indicate Langford has done more than enough from a performance perspective to stay firmly in the running for a roster spot, if not win one outright already.

If there is a concern, it is with the strikeouts he has racked up in spring training, as he has been punched out 10 times in 30 plate appearances. That said, his first look at the minor leagues last season didn't show those same strikeout issues, and this spring could simply be explained by pitchers generally being ahead of hitters early on in camp. His defense can leave something to be desired as well, but few will care about that if he keeps mashing (big emphasis on "if" here, though).

In any event, Langford is clearly in the running to start the 2024 season in the big leagues with the Rangers. Even if they decide not to break camp with him on the roster, fans probably won't have to wait long for him at all based on how he is swinging the bat.

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