30/30 BRKDWN – Texas Rangers

Joseph Caruso
NHL/MLB Analyst

The 2021 MLB season will be here before we know it. Pitchers and catchers reported on time, Spring Training is underway, and we might have a full 162 game season with fans — hopefully. Between now and the start of Opening Day, we plan to BRKDWN each team’s offseason reviews and what to look forward to this upcoming season. Next, the Texas Rangers

Key Additions:

Nate Lowe (Trade)

Khris Davis (Trade)

David Dahl (Free Agent)

Mike Foltynewicz (Free Agent)

Key Subtractions:

Lance Lynn (Trade)

Elvis Andrus (Trade)

Corey Kluber (Free Agent)

Jesse Chavez (Free Agent)

Shin-Soo Choo (Free Agent)

2020 Look Back

22-38 .367 W% 5th in AL West, Did Not Qualify for Postseason 

Runs: Isiah Kiner-Falefa (28)

Home Runs: Joey Gallo (10)

Avg.: Isiah Kiner-Falefa (.280)

Slg.: Rougned Odor (.413)

ERA: Kyle Cody (1.59)

K’s: Lance Lynn (89)

WHIP: Jonathan Hernandez (1.032)

*Min 20 IP

Projected 2021 Season

With a new stadium that is finally going to be used this year after the COVID-shortened 2020 season, the Rangers unfortunately do not provide fans much reason to sell out every single game. There have been a lot of questionable moves made in the offseason including trading Elvis Andrus for Khris Davis and trading Lance Lynn at a time when his value was lower than at the trade deadline. Entering the 2021 season the team is frankly not good at all and management should do everything possible to capitalize on Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor deals during the season.

Projected Lineup

SS – Isiah Kiner-Falefa

DH – Khris Davis

RF – Joey Gallo

LF – David Dahl

2B – Nick Solak

1B – Ronald Guzman

C – Jose Trevino

3B – Rougned Odor

CF- Leody Taveras

Projected Rotation

RHP Kyle Gibson

RHP Mike Foltynewicz

RHP Kohei Arihara

RHP Jordan Lyles

RHP Dane Dunning

Offense:

Offense: 224 Runs (29th), 62 Home Runs (23rd), .217 Team AVG. (29th), .364 SLG (29th)

There is no sugar-coating it, this team was awful offensively last season. Bad seasons for veterans like Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor, Elvis Andrus tanked the lineup in general. Shin-soo Choo was still solid for this team but he is currently a free agent and not much help is on the way other than Isiah Kiner-Falefa who was the sole positive in a dismal year for the bats last season. Acquiring Khris Davis at this stage of his career won’t really help the offence unless he breaks out to his 2016-2018 form which I can’t see happening. Overall the lineup should not really scare anyone and the players that should could be shipped off by the trade deadline.

Pitching:

Pitching: Team ERA: 5.02 (23rd), 489K’s (23rd), 1.38 Team WHIP (10th), .242 Opp. Avg (16th)

The Rangers’ pitching was not as bad as the offence was last season. Team WHIP surprisingly was in the top 10 in the league. However, Lance Lynn is now with the Chicago White Sox and he was the ace of this staff. Going into 2021, the rotation is scheduled to be worse with Kyle Gibson as the ace of the rotation. Taking a flier on Mike Foltynewicz after a few injury-plagued seasons with the Braves could provide depth, but in general this is a below average rotation with many question marks near the bottom.

Top 10 Prospects (Via MLB.com)

  1. Josh Jung 3B ETA: 2021 (63rd Overall)
  2. Sam Huff C ETA: 2021 (78th Overall)
  3. Dane Dunning RHP ETA: 2021 (91st Overall)
  4. Leody Taveras OF ETA: 2021
  5. Cole Winn RHP ETA: 2022
  6. Maximo Acosta SS ETA: 2024
  7. Justin Foscue 2B ETA: 2023
  8. Luisangel Acuna SS/2B ETA: 2023
  9. Hans Crouse RHP ETA: 2022
  10. Davis Wendzel 3B ETA: 2022

While certainly not having a terrible farm system, the top 10 prospects for the Rangers leaves a lot to be desired. Josh Jung is seen as someone who will take over the hot corner soon with the Rangers lacking a clear 3B option this season and should get the call sometime this year. Dane Dunning has penciled his name into a starting rotation and will have innings restrictions this season. It will benefit the Rangers by completely bottoming out like the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Move that needs to happen

Sell the Power Bats

This team is not going anywhere with the current construction of their roster. If I am in management, I am hoping that Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor have bounceback seasons and then sell high on them because those are the only intriguing pieces available at the moment. These two won’t fetch a massive return because if they aren’t mashing their negative players. Adding as many prospects as possible should be the way to go for this squad.

Final Thoughts

It remains to be seen if Texas will slightly improve their offensive totals from last season. The Rangers being the same should not be a bad thing for this team as a rebuild and complete teardown is badly needed for a team toiling in mediocracy since 2016. Players like Josh Jung and Dane Dunning will see some action in 2021 and should indicate what these prospects can turn out to be and if they are something to build upon.


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