Projected roster number 1. 66 comments


We fans have spent a lot of time predicting the opening day roster for the Rangers. Now it’s time for the experts.

T.R. Sullivan of mlb.com did just that.

Here is his prediction:

Catcher: Jeff Mathis, Isiah Kiner-Falefa. No surprises here.

1B: Ronald Guzman. Who else would it be?

2B: Rougned Odor. There is no way he wouldn’t be.

3B: Asdrubal Cabrera. Sullivan doesn’t think either Davidson or Wisdom will supplant Cabrera. That may be the case at first because Cabrera was signed to be the starting third baseman and no matter how good anyone else does or how poorly he would do, spring stats won’t change that.

SS: Elvis Andrus. Of course.

OF: Joey Gallo, Delino DeShields, Nomar Mazara, Shin-Soo Choo, Willie Calhoun, Hunter Pence.

Utility: Logan Forsythe.

SP: Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, Drew Smyly, Edinson Volquez, Shelby Miller.

RP: Jose Leclerc, Chris Martin, Shawn Kelley, Zach McAllister, Jesse Chavez, Jeffrey Springs, Connor Sadzeck.

Forsythe will make it over Davidson not because of spring stats but because one, Forsythe is a former Dodger and Chris Woodward knows him and, two, Forsythe can play middle infield and the Rangers don’t have anyone who can.

Where I don’t agree is having six outfielders. Teams are all about roster flexibility and that pins them down rather than gives them options.

We shall see.

  • Mr.C

    Good morning Kevin

    I agree with you. Six outfielders removes flexibility in the roster. Coincidentally, I posted my roster picks yesterday and the only difference to Sullivan’s is that I have Davidson instead of Calhoun. I don’t see someone as valuable as Davidson not making roster. He can play the infield corners, he is a RH power threat and he can relieve in games with no hope!

    Calhoun has not showed anything of value since he came from the Dodgers. He reminds me of the young RF we got from Oakland 4-5 years ago (I can’t remember his name!). He destroyed AAA pitching; but couldn’t hit MLB pitchers and was an awful defender in the outfield. Deja vu with Calhoun!

    • CrazyEd

      Predicting rosters exceeds my mental capabilities. I do agree six outfielders is a bit much and Little Willie has not shown much. I would expect to see a trend line of improvement and in his case I don’t see it. As for the rest of the roster; between allergies, old age, and a severe case of Edsheimers I’ll just take a pass.
      P.S. I do remember the hype about the RF’er from Oakland. Don’t remember his name either.

      • Mr.C

        I remember now …. Michael Choice

    • Rowdy Yates

      The DH is probably usually gonna come from the 6 outfielders but agree there’s no need for 6. Unfortunately Calhoun looks like the odd man out. Another case of great potential not attained to this point. Maybe he’s just pressing and will come around after the heavy off season work. But it’s only 3 weeks until opening day and the clock is ticking.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Stumbled across a piece of aviation History I had never heard of…wondering if you had heard of….”Thud pilots?”

        • CrazyEd

          Easy question for a Vietnam Vet….I’m not going to spoil the quiz though.

          • JacobMcCandles

            HA! I didn’t intend on it to come across as a quiz. Rowdy has a lot of knowledge about military aviation and I know a lot about military History and 8 yrs of NG, you of course served in that time. I had just never heard of the “Thud Pilots”

        • Rowdy Yates

          Yeah my best buddy for 55 yrs who was a FAC pilot in VN (awarded Silver Star + numerous other medals) intro’d me to a Thud jockey buddy of his about 10 yrs ago at a SOWF fund raiser. There’s lottsa video stuff available about the Thuds if you’re interested. They were f***ed by AF high command.

      • Mr.C

        Healthy Choo will be the regular DH. Ocassionally, he will play RF, and Mazara will DH.

        Just like last year.

        Between you and me, I think Choo is much better at RF than Mazara.

    • dearmidol

      Michael Choice?

      • Mr.C

        Yup.

        I thought we were getting a new version of Tony Gwynn and we ended up with Michael Choice instead.

        LOLA

        • CrazyEd

          Good One!!!!! It’s not all bad. It was a good trade for the Rangers and the Astros. The Dodgers got a pitcher that was instrumental in their losing the WS to the Astros by giving up five runs in game seven. The Rangers got a huge salary dump, Calhoun, A.J. Alexy (pitcher and depending on which list you use, somewhere around the Ranger’s #10 prospect), and Brandon Davis who can play 2nd, 3rd and SS. Currently at Down East. The trade has run it’s course for the Dodgers but is still running for the Rangers.

  • CrazyEd
    • Mr.C

      Like today’s lineup

      6 runs within the first 3 innings !!!

  • CrazyEd

    Given the history of reievers being so flakey, this is a real leap of faith. Given the risks, I still like it. Shows that the Rangers have faith in their vision.

    Source: Leclerc deal is $14.75 mm guaranteed for 4 years; 2 club options
    could carry it to $27 million, buying out 2 years of FA. Think would
    make this biggest deal for a reliever with between 2-3 years of service
    time. Good deal for both Leclerc and Rangers

    • Mr.C

      $3.7M per year is like you said, a win for both.

      • elkaba

        Yep. Another year like last year and we couldn’t afford to keep him. At 3.75M per I think it’s a good gamble.

        • dearmidol

          Plus now he is a huge bargain for any team to trade for.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Good point

          • Mr.C

            Osuna brought the Blue Jays Ken Giles, a #3 pitching prospect and a #23 pitching prospect.

            If LeClerc pitches like last year, would you do that deal?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Osuna is more well thought of than LeClerc

          • Mr.C

            Is that a “NO” ?

          • JacobMcCandles

            That would be a resounding “YES”

          • Mr.C

            I would too ….. but do you think LeClerc will bring that kind of an offer?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not yet

  • Mr.C

    “The Rangers have reached a four-year, $14.75 million contract extension with closer Jose Leclerc, sources confirmed Wednesday morning. The contract also includes two club options worth a total of $12.25 million. The club has not yet announced the agreement.”

    Source: MLB.com

  • JacobMcCandles

    Not following ST like I have….has Hammel pitched? When will Bush be ready? I said early on this rotation will be much better than last yr….still believe it!!

    • Mr.C

      He pitched 2 innings yesterday and allowed no hits with 2 KOs.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Thanks

    • CrazyEd

      I don’t remember lf they put an exact date on Bush’s return or not. All I remember for sure was that it will be the second half of the season.

  • JacobMcCandles

    MLB projected Ranger lineup
    DD
    Elvis
    Choo
    Maz
    Cabrera
    Gallo
    Odor
    Guz
    Mathis

    Multiple issues here…

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Yep

    • Mr.C

      I think today’s lineup is the projected lineup

  • CrazyEd

    I love these guys going oppo.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Roogie has hit 3 HRs this ST…2 of them to the opposite field…….he hit 0 all last year!!

  • CrazyEd

    Mendez being Mendez!!!

  • CrazyEd

    Another jack for Tocci.

  • Mr.C

    Tocci homer again

  • GoRangers23

    Hahahahahah! Go figure! Three run homer for Tocci.

    • Mr.C

      He is averaging.353 in ST

    • CrazyEd

      They said he added strength in the off season, but still, it is a bit surprising. Glad to see it though. Puts some pressure on DD.

      • Mr.C

        I still believe at the end of ST, DD makes roster, Calhoun and Tocci are sent to the minors.

        • CrazyEd

          Unfortunately I think your correct.

  • CrazyEd

    They are strictly ST stats, but Tocci has played all three outfield positions and is hitting .353 with power VS Calhoun who has only played LF and is hitting .182. Pretty obvious who is having the better spring.

    • elkaba

      He might just have scored a job. 🙂

      • JacobMcCandles

        Would love to see Tocci get the nod over DD

  • Mr.C

    Tocci with bases loaded now

  • Mr.C

    And he hits again !!!

  • Mr.C

    … and Calhoun ended the inning!!!

  • CrazyEd

    O.K. one of my peeves:

    It’s Nippon Ham, Fighters not Nippon, Ham Fighters. The team is owned by the company Nippon Ham and is named the Fighters. Does it make any difference to the everyday baseball fan? Nah. Just bugs me.

    • Rowdy Yates

      is the persnicketyness age related? Because, it is in my case! 👴

      • CrazyEd

        One hundred percent. Stuff I used to just let slide I no longer do. There’s a term for it, Crotchety Old Fart.

  • Mr.C

    I would love to see Davidson pitching the final inning !!!

  • Mr.C

    Why are people liking Eli White?

    • CrazyEd

      He can play a lot better than he has shown. I think he’s playing nervous. I heard him while listening to several minor league games last year and he’s a lot better than he has shown. Both offensively and defensively Not that it matters, he’s going to AA when all is said and done.

  • elkaba

    I’m not going to enter the starting lineup contest. Don’t really care. And I would be undoubtedly, hilariously wrong. I’m just really interested in seeing what Woodward and Co. can make of all of those who play this season. Call me crazy, but I see some possibilities with this bunch. Those next steps we’re always calling for and waiting for and hoping for could be just around the corner… or not. But I like the vibe I’m seeing.

    • CrazyEd

      It’s all going to depend on the pitching. Right now it looks pretty good.

  • CrazyEd

    More good news from AZ:

    TR Sullivan‏Verified account @Sullivan_Ranger

    Left-hander Joe Palumbo and right-hander Jonathan Hernandez both threw two scoreless innings in a Minor League camp game on Wednesday. Palumbo struck out two and threw just 21 pitches. Hernandez struck out five of six batters faced.

    • JacobMcCandles

      JD commented on both of those guys during an interview today. Said while Mendez and Jurado are closest and have MLB experience…those two had a higher ceiling.

  • CrazyEd

    While I’m thinking of it, a link to a site that allows you to listen to just about every minor league game. I’ll probably post it again if I remember.

    http://www.milb.com/milb/multimedia/audio.jsp

  • Mr.C

    2019 Texas Rangers Batting Leaders:

    Hits:
    Fontana (7)
    Guzman (7)
    Davidson (6)

    Doubles:
    Pence (4)
    Ibanez (3)
    Mazara (3)

    HRs:
    Guzman (3)
    Davidson (3)
    Odor (2)

    Average:
    IKF (.462)
    Andrus (.455)
    Tocci (.389)
    Fontana (.389)

    OBP:
    Andrus (.500)
    IKF (.500)
    Tocci (.476)

    SLG:
    Odor (1.000)
    Guzman (.850)
    Tocci (.853)

    OPS:
    Guzman (1.474)
    Andrus (1.222)
    Odor (1.182)
    Davidson (1.164)
    IKF (1.152)

    (((( Food for thought ))))
    Do you see Gallo, Choo, Cabrera, DeShields, Calhoun or Forsythe in any of these categories?

    I would love to see the following lineup (just for fun):
    1. Tocci (RF)
    2. Andrus (SS)
    3. Odor (2B)
    4. Guzman (1B)
    5. Mazara (DH)
    6. IKF (C)
    7. Pence (LF)
    8. Davidson (3B)
    9. Santana (CF)

  • calntom

    I think it was too early on the Leclerc extension. Ranger brass biting on less than a half a season of stellar performance. Would liked to have seen Leclerc put up numbers at least through July before throwing cash at him. Though is does make him a nice potential trade piece if he can produce once again.

    • Mr.C

      I like LeClerc a lot. I think he earned the extension and unless the team gets a good return (similar to what Houston gave for Osuna), the Rangers have no reason to give him in trade.

      Even if he duplicates his performance last year, I find it difficult to get a similar deal.

      I think we will have LeClerc for a few years.

    • CrazyEd

      You could be right. Relief pitchers are always an iffy proposition. They seem to have a history of inconsistency. Once in awhile you get one that is consistent year to year, but you are just as likely to get one that isn’t. All that said, I don’t think Leclerc is one of the inconsistent ones. Most of those are guys that rely on one main pitch with a so-so secondary. Leclerc has the FB, a wipe out secondary (a splitter/changup, or something, just weird), and occasionally he’ll throw in a slow curve. That give him an edge over most. What worries me about him is his control. It could disappear just as quickly as it appeared.