The Texas Rangers weren’t very competitive in 2020, as they finished with a 22-38 record. The Rangers will not compete for the playoffs this season, but the team does have some new prospects that might make a difference soon.
The team will also have the second-overall pick in the coming draft, and the team will likely draft someone from down the street who could lead the team someday. The team will still have a good chance of collecting the first-overall draft pick in 2022, as our MLB predictions show.
Changes in Offense
The Rangers have allowed a lot of their solid offensive players to leave the team on the free agent market. Shin-Soo Choo, Derek Dietrich, and Andrew Romine have all left the team.
The club did bring in two possible future stars. The team acquired first baseman Nate Lowe from the Tampa Bay Rays in the draft. They also signed former top-ten pick David Dahl from the Colorado Rockies to fill the outfield.
Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor both failed to hit above .190 last season. Leody Taveras also hit .227 last season, but the centerfielder has a good chance to improve this season.
The Rangers are heavily projected to pick Jordan Lawlar with their second-overall pick in the coming draft. Lawlar is a shortstop at Jesuit Prep Academy in nearby Dallas.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) December 28, 2020
He is reported as a five-tool player with advanced hitting skills. He could be the significant contributor that Adrian Beltre was when he was on the team before retiring not long ago.
How the Pitching Looks
The Rangers also traded Lance Lynn to the Chicago White Sox this offseason. Corey Kluber is also leaving the team in the free agent market.
The team acquired Dane Dunning from the White Sox to fill in the rotation. Dunning had a 3.97 ERA with 34 innings last season, his first after undergoing Tommy John surgery a few years back.
Kyle Cody showed promise in his five starts last year, finishing with a 1.59 ERA. But he had thirteen walks versus eighteen strikeouts.
The Rangers will rely on the starting pitchers to take in as many innings as possible. The Ranger bullpen struggled to compete last year, and only one pitcher had more than twenty innings last year.
Starting pitching prospect Yerry Rodriguez will likely reach the team in 2022. Rodriguez reached the standard-A level in 2019. Whether the cancellation of last year’s minor league season will negatively impacted the Rangers’ top-rated prospect remains uncertain.
Where Will the Rangers Finish?
Our MLB predictions for the Texas Rangers have them finishing in fifth place in the AL West. The team is trying to handle a rebuilding campaign, and it may take a while before the team can go forward with their work and contend with others in the same division.
Will the Rangers Reach the Playoffs?
We don’t see the Texas Rangers reaching the playoffs in 2021. We feel the Rangers have a solid chance of claiming the top draft pick in 2022. Bringing in a high-value pitcher like University of Virginia’s Nate Savino or Oklahoma State’s Bryce Osmond would help, but that is far off in the future. The way the Rangers are playing right now, the team might need to look forward to having another high-value draft pick in 2022.
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