The Athletic issued its second-annual Pressure Index, which ranks every team’s chances of improving this winter.
The Rangers were in their bottom-tier teams labeled, “The Rebuilders Stay Tanking.” They were ranked twenty-seventh least likely to improve.
Here’s what the publication had to say:
“The Rangers picked the wrong season to open a new ballpark. Corey Kluber threw exactly one inning before tearing a muscle in his shoulder; the team declined his $18 million option for 2021. Joey Gallo hit .181. Willie Calhoun, the prize prospect from the Yu Darvish trade, posted a .491 OPS. Elvis Andrus was worth -0.6 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference. The roster is loaded with failed former top prospects, and the farm system ranked in the middle of the pack, according to The Athletic’s Keith Law. The team doesn’t have the talent to compete for a division title in 2021, and the inability to generate revenue from Globe Life Field won’t help the team’s pursuits this winter.”
Former failed top prospects. Middle of the pack farm system.
Yep, that about sums it up.