The Texas Rangers have everything in place to be an elite team when it comes to offense and fielding. We know that, and we also know the pitching staff can be great, but we haven't really seen this newer group yet.
The offense and the lineup have a lot of potential and even did it at times last season. But, there is one guy in the lineup, that makes the offense have such high potential, and he doesn't get the praise he should.
No, it isn't Adolis Garcia or Corey Seager, who both get some love every now and then. Instead, it's the second baseman position, where Marcus Semien is one of the best in the league at what he does. We know that, of course.
We watched it up close and personal. But, that doesn't always mean the media recognizes him because, to me, they don't.
When you think of the second baseman in the league, coming from a non-biased standpoint, of course, you think of guys like Jose Altuve, and Jeff McNeil. Semien never seems to be brought up in those conversations.
But I think he is just as good, if not better, and the national media announced they do too.
MLB Network did their top 10 rankings of players at every position as we head into the 2023 season, and Semien made an appearance on their list.
The veteran came in at number four on the list, as MLB Network thinks there are three other second basemen better than Semien. I would disagree, but like we said, he is getting more attention on this list than he normally does, so we will take it.
Their list consists of Jose Altuve at one, Jeff McNeil at two, and Andres Gimenez at three. I think you could make the case for Semien as number one.
Obviously, that may come off as biased, but heading into the 2023 season, I think he can truly end the year as the best at the position if everything goes according to plan. Just two years ago with the Toronto Blue Jays, he finished third in MVP voting in the AL.
This is a guy who can do it all. He can hit with power, with contact, he can run the bases, and he plays defense. All of those, by the way, he does at the highest level.
The world will be surprised when he ends the year as the best second baseman in the league, but we won't.