Maybe this is fitting coming off a day when the Rangers managed just one hit off a White Sox team that isn’t known for pitching, and managed just eight total runs in four games, three of them losses.
Maybe this says everything about the Texas Rangers. Or maybe it says absolutely nothing.
But, out of the 146 major league hitters with enough at-bats to qualify in 2019, the bottom three are all products of the Texas Rangers farm system.
The 144thworst hitter in major league baseball is Justin Smoak, who’s batting .211. He was the Rangers first-round pick in the 2008 draft.
The 145thworst hitter in major league baseball is Jurickson Profar, who’s batting .208. He was signed by the Rangers in as an international free agent in 2009.
The 146thworst hitter in major league baseball is Rougned Odor, who is “hitting” .195. The Rangers signed him as an international free agent in 2011.
And, if Chris Davis had enough at-bats to qualify, Rangers products would occupy the bottom four. He’s at .173.
That’s got to be embarrassing.
You have to take this with a grain of salt,of course, because each of these players has had a measure of success before this. But it does hint at the kind of hitters the Rangers tend to draft. High strikeout, low contact.
Whether it’s a fluke or a silly coincidence, or whether it’s actually something, it’s not a banner day for the Rangers developmental department.
They have hit rock bottom. Literally.
NO GAME TODAY.