There is a lot to unpack from last week so let's get right to it. Two of the Texas Rangers' top prospects were promoted this past week and Rangers fans went crazy on social media. Let's start off with the biggest debut, Evan Carter. The eighth-overall-ranked prospect was called up to the Rangers and made his debut against the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
Carter didn't wait too long to start things with a bang by picking up his first major league hit. Once players get their first major league hit out of the way, it calms them down big time. Shortly after that, he picked up his first career steal by swiping second base.
Carter didn't stop at stealing second base. According to Rangers radio play-by-play announcer Jared Sandler, Carter is the first player in the expansion era with a hit, walk, stolen base, and outfield assist in his Major League debut. I don't know how long he will be staying up with the Rangers, but you can more than likely expect him to make Arlington a permanent address starting in 2024.
Wyatt Langford makes Double-A debut
Carter wasn't the only top prospect who was turning heads in the DFW metroplex this past week. Wyatt Langford was promoted to the Frisco RoughRiders and made his Double-A debut. He didn't skip a beat. With a batting average of .300 and an OPS of .894, Langford showed that he might not be in the minor leagues much longer.
More than likely Langford will begin the 2024 season back down in Frisco or Round Rock depending on how he does during Spring Training. He needs one more full season of minor league baseball before possibly making his major league debut. In the meantime, check out a huge web gem highlight that he made against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
Super Smash Bros
The Rangers sluggers were up to no good on Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. I'm referring to Marcus Semien and Corey Seager, who created some records as well this week. According to the Rangers PR Twitter account, Semien now has the record for most lead-off home runs by a Ranger in a regular season with eight. Former Ranger Shin-Soo Choo had seven back in 2019.
Corey Seager also made some Rangers history on Sunday as he became the third Ranger to hit 30+ home runs in each of the first two seasons with the club. He joined Alex Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre as the only Rangers to pull off this feat. Both Semien and Seager were worth the big contracts that the Rangers gave them.
Nathan Eovaldi returned to the mound too quickly
Nathan Eovaldi returned to the mound for the Rangers this past week against the Houston Astros. Fans were excited as the news was announced of his return. However, a lot of fans came away disappointed as he was not ready to pitch in a major league game just yet.
He gave up four runs on five hits and was chased early from the game. I think he needed to make a rehab start or two with the RoughRiders. I know he wanted to get back to the mound and compete but the Rangers should have said no and sent him for a game or two in the minor leagues. With the Rangers struggling for wins and dropping in the standings, there was little choice but to roll the dice with Eovaldi and hope that it worked. Unfortunately, it didn't.
Possible early Josh Jung return?
The Rangers did receive some good news this week as well. It was reported that Josh Jung could make his return against the Cleveland Guardians, possibly as early as Friday. This was after Jung had to get surgery on his thumb after fracturing it attempting to catch a 109 MPH line drive against the Miami Marlins.
The Rangers might not get the version of Jung who was in the running for American League Rookie of the Year right away. But even if he isn't a hundred percent, having Jung come back earlier than expected as they fight for a wild card spot this year, could be a big boost.
Huge week coming up
The Rangers have a huge week coming up. It starts in Toronto where Texas will be taking on the Blue Jays in a four-game series. This series has huge playoff implications considering the Rangers are 0.5 game behind Seattle for the third wild card spot and 1.5 games behind Toronto for the second wild card spot. They really need to focus and win some of these games on the road. The Rangers will finish out the road trip by taking on the Guardians this coming weekend.