Who spring matters for. 26 comments

There players who are helping their cause this spring:

Hunter Pence:

Pence went 1-for-3 with a double yesterday to raise his OBP to.421 and his OPS to a really nice .909. He came into the spring fighting for a spot as the fourth outfielder and just might wind up winning the starting left fielder job. Pence is the opposite of what the Rangers are trying to accomplish, which is a youth movement. But it would be a great story, if not for Texas then for someone else.

Nolan Fontana:

Fontana is having a good spring, batting .412 with an OPS of .919 over eight games. But this is a guy with an .065 batting average as a major leaguer in twenty games played over the past two seasons. He’s a middle infielder, which the Rangers sorely need. He’s one of those guys whose fate was sealed before he came into camp, so spring numbers won’t matter. But he is having a great spring which might help for later.

Ronald Guzman:

Guzman is leading the team in home runs this spring, along with Matt Davidson, with three. Over fourteen spring at-bats, Guzman is hitting .429 with an incredible 1.643 OPS. Even if he didn’t get a single hit in the spring,  he is the Rangers starting first baseman. But if the confidence of a strong spring can carry over into the season, it would bode well for this young core that the Rangers are putting all their hope on.

Three players who aren’t helping their cause:

Tim Dillard:

He’s pitched appeared in two games, logging just 1.2 innings, He’s won one game and lost one game, but his ERA is a whopping 21.60 after giving up two runs in the eighth to tie the game yesterday.

Edinson Volquez:

It’s a small sample size but he gave up four earned runs in his first and only inning so far. There’s absolutely no way he doesn’t end up in the rotation if he arm is still intact. But he still has a lot to prove and the Rangers have other major-league veterans ready to step into his place.

Eli White:

He’s had the second-most at-bats of any Rangers hitter this spring (behind Calhoun), so he is definitely getting a fair shake. He’s just not making the most of it with just one hit, a single, in eighteen tries, for a .056 average. According to reports, White came into camp with a legitimate shot at being a reserve infielder. He needs to step it up if it’s going to indeed happen.