Not that this is any indication of actual results but it is an indication of how players are regarded: the first rankings of players for 2019 is out. This is done mostly for the fantasy baseball business. But before you scoff, realize this is a multi-billion-dollar industry, not unlike sport lines in Vegas.
A lot of money is on the line, so these things are taken seriously. And a lot of time is spent agonizing over such things.
So, what do the people who put their money on the line think of the Rangers?
Not a whole lot.
You have to go all the way down to 68 to find the top-ranked Ranger, Joey Gallo, the seventeenth best outfielder. According to Steamer, the company doing the rankings, Gallo’s projected numbers for 2019 are: 509 AB, 40 HR, 84 R, 94 RBIs, 7 SB, .225 AVG, .841 OPS. Those would be very welcome numbers indeed if he can get that average up that high.
Next is Rougned Odor. Ranked 75 overall and number six at second base. They note that this is based on his ability to make strides being more disciplined at the plate. Steamer’s prediction for Odor: 558 AB, 27 HR, 76 R, 83 RBIs, 15 SB, .249 AVG, .759 OPS.
Then, some 71 players later, at number 146, is Rangers closer Jose Leclerc, the 15th overall closer. His projected 2019 numbers are: 21 SV, 86 K, 3.64 ERA, 1.32 WHIP.
Next is Shin-Soo Choo at 173. Of Choo they say, “Aging veteran provides value with solid power, disciplined approach.” Projections: 554 AB, 21 HR, 88 R, 67 RBIs, 7 SB, .254 AVG, .774 OPS.
Coming in at 208 overall, and 17th best at his position, surprisingly, is Elvis Andrus. His projected 2019 numbers: 584 AB, 11 HR, 72 R, 68 RBIs, 14 SB, .266 AVG, .715 OPS.
Mike Minor is 231 overall, number 67 at his position. They project him a ten-game winner with an ERA of 4.58.
Lance Lynn is 264 overall, the 74th best starter. They see him with eight wins and a 4.13 ERA.
No other Ranger made the top 300 rankings.