This turning of the guard took one more step yesterday with Sam Huff, one of the Rangers top prospects, making his major league debut.
Right now, on the current Rangers roster, there are nine players who made their major league debuts in 2020, four of which never played above A-Level.
Wes Benjamin. Kyle Cody. Jimmy Herget. Jonathan Hernandez. Sam Huff. John King. Leody Taveras. Anderson Tejeda. Eli White. (The names in italics have never played about A-Level.)
Are they All-Stars? No. Not yet. And it would be unfair to expect them to be. But they are getting valuable exposure, and finding out what it takes to be a big leaguer.
One thing else they are doing. They are outperforming the veterans. By a long shot.
The Rangers have so much deadwood to clear out but are too lazy to get on the tractor. So, instead, they talk big, talk about playing time being earned, talk about how at-bats are precious and will be given out for merit, then turn around and run out the same failures.
And the result? If you don’t want business as usual, you have to quit doing business as usual. If you don’t want the keep losing game after game, season after season, quit running out losing players.
The Rangers have some fun young players. They may very well not develop into much, like the last crop of Mazara, and Profar, and DeShields , and Rua, and Chi Chi Gonzalez, and Jurado, and Joe Palumbo. But they certainly give cause for hope.
It’s time to turn the page. Too bad there aren’t enough people reading the book.
Daulton Jefferies (—, -.—) vs. Nick Goody (0-0, 6.23)
Chris Bassitt (3-2, 3.12) vs. Kolby Allard (0-5, 7.22)