A continuing look at the Rangers 40-man roster.
Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder
It’s been a revolving door in left field in Arlington for years. Remember Mike Napoli out there? You would be wise to forget about that.
Once David Murphy left in 2013, the Rangers have given significant starts in left to Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Choice, Jim Adduci, Josh Hamilton, Ryan Rua, Carlos Peguero, Will Venable, Kyle Blanks, Carlos Gomez, Delino DeShields, Willie Calhoun, Joey Gallo, Jurickson Profar, Nick Solak, and Eli White.
Rangers left fielders have all the staying power of a sand castle at high tide.
So the Rangers reached into the same bag of tricks where they shop for pitching—the bin of broken parts—for an oft-injured left fielder. David Dahl.
He was the quintessential Rangers find. Injury prone and coming off a miserable season. Translation: cheap.
Dahl’s 2020 saw him hit .188, with a .222 on-base percentage, and very little power.
But that was the outlier in a short career that has mostly been productive.
The twenty-six-year-old Alabama native is a career .286 hitter with a .334 on-base percentage and an OPS+ of 103. All of those numbers put him among the best hitters on the current Rangers roster.
If he can just stay on the field.