Wyatt Langford’s latest feat proves leaving him off the roster would be unforgivable

This man cannot be stopped.

Texas Rangers outfielder Wyatt Langford
Texas Rangers outfielder Wyatt Langford / John E. Moore III/GettyImages

It's getting harder and harder to envision a Texas Rangers Opening Day roster that doesn't include Wyatt Langford. The star of spring training did it again with a grand slam in Thursday's Cactus League contest against the Cincinnati Reds.

With the Rangers already on top of the Reds 3-0, Langford took a 1-2 pitch in the over the wall in right-center field to clear the bases with his first grand slam of the spring. The Rangers went on to win the game by a final of 7-4.

This performance was just the latest in what has been a spectacular spring for the 22-year-old phenom. The Rangers may be left with no choice but to include Langford on their Opening Day roster.

Wyatt Langford’s latest feat proves leaving him off the roster would be unforgivable

Langford is 13-for-36 this spring with five home runs and 14 RBI. Langford's .806 slugging percentage leads all qualified batters this spring. Only Chicago Cubs veteran David Bote and Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Oneil Cruz have matched Langford's home run total.

With less than two weeks before their World Championship defense begins, the current crop of injuries the Rangers are experiencing works in Langford's favor. Texas will be without Nathaniel Lowe to begin the season, and some serious questions are beginning to arise as to the availability of Corey Seager.

Not only should Langford be on the roster, but last year's first-round pick should be in the starting lineup on most nights. While the Rangers' outfield is set with Evan Carter, Adolis Garcia, and Leody Taveras, Langford can slide into the lineup as the designated hitter and just let his bat do the work.

That's typically not how most organizations prefer to bring along their young talent, especially talent with the type of athleticism that Langford possesses. But, given the circumstances, the Rangers are likely to ride the hot bat of Langford into the regular season in whatever manner they're able.

If the University of Florida alum encounters some trouble along the way or needs to refine his approach, the Rangers can always option Langford back to the minor leagues in order to get his groove back. But after seeing the ball leave the yard for the fifth time this spring, the Rangers will be hard-pressed to keep Langford off the Opening Day roster.

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