Predicting the Texas Rangers' 2024 Opening Day lineup

Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the
Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the / Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY
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7. Catcher: Jonah "Heim Time" Heim

One of the best catchers in the entire league will bat in the seventh spot in the lineup. Heim's popularity grew throughout the 2023 season for his incredible framing ability. It's even more shocking that MLB Network didn't even bother ranking him on their top 10 of catchers list during the offseason. Heim finished the 2023 season with a .258 batting average and 18 home runs. He will do great in the bottom half of the lineup and continue to confuse more umpires this season.

8. First Base: Jared Walsh

Before everyone freaks out, Nathaniel Lowe will be in the lineup shortly after he recovers from his injury. In the meantime, Jared Walsh has earned the opportunity to start at first base. Walsh finished with a .233 batting average, 10 hits, and six RBI during spring training. He will probably be optioned to the Round Rock Express once Lowe is healthy enough to return. Rangers fans must give him a warm Opening Day welcome when his name is introduced.

9. Center Field: Leody Taveras

Leody Taveras should round off the lineup this season. He was the cleanup batter for most of last season, so it would be no surprise to see him ninth in the lineup. He finished the 2023 season with a .266 batting average and 14 home runs. Taveras is a young outfielder who has the potential to play most of this season at that position. However, If Langford has an incredible first half, Taveras might be on the trading block when the deadline arrives in late July.

For those attending Opening Day, enjoy watching the banner being unveiled before the first pitch. It will be a fun season reminiscing on the World Series title and watching the Rangers try to win a second one in a row.

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