Texas Rangers Opening Day roster projection 2.0: Has Wyatt Langford done enough?

The Rangers top prospect is making a push to snag that final roster spot.

Texas Rangers left fielder Wyatt Langford
Texas Rangers left fielder Wyatt Langford / Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
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Texas Rangers Opening Day outfield (4)

  • Adolis Garcia
  • Evan Carter
  • Travis Jankowski
  • Leody Tavares

Sorry, Rangers fans, but the Wyatt Langford hype train may have to sit in the station a bit longer. There's no doubt that Texas' first-round draft pick from a year ago has all the talent to break camp with the big league club, but it does no harm whatsoever to send the 22-year to Triple-A Round Rock to begin the 2024 season.

Jankowski is the type of player that every manager wants in his dugout. Jankowski can play every outfield position and is a great defensive replacement late in games. The veteran has plenty of speed on the base paths and is well liked in the Rangers clubhouse. At the moment, it seems unlikely that Langford will displace Jankowski on the Rangers Opening Day roster.

As for the other three spots, they're essentially set in stone. No one is going to confuse Tavares for Babe Ruth, but the 25-year-old plays above-average defense at a premium position, and the rest of the Rangers lineup can make up for whatever Tavares lacks at the dish.

Garcia will undoubtedly be grabbing a spot near the top of Bochy's lineup card when the Rangers open the upcoming season at home against the Chicago Cubs. El Bombi will looking to lead Texas back to the postseason in 2024.

Finally, last fall's breakout performer will part of the Rangers Opening Day lineup this season. After announcing himself to the world on the biggest stage of them all last October, Evan Carter will be looking to make even more history in what will still be considered his rookie season.