MANAGER: Jeff Bannister

2017 RECORD: 78 – 84

HOME RECORD: 41 – 40

ROAD RECORD: 37 – 44

BALLPARK: Globe Life Park

OPENED: 1994

CAPACITY: 48,114

LEFT: 332


RIGHT: 325



2013: 91

2014: 67

2015: 88

2016: 95

2017: 78


2018 PREDICTION: 4TH American League West



C Robinson Chirinos, 17 HR

SS Elvis Andrus, .297 BA, 20 HR, 88 RBI, 25 SB

3B Adrian Beltre, .312 BA, 17 HR, 71 RBI

1B Joey Gallo, 41 HR, 80 RBI

2B Rougned Odor, 30 HR, 75 RBI, 15 SB

OF Shin-Soo Choo, 22 HR, 78 RBI, 12 SB

OF Nomar Mazara, 20 HR, 101 RBI

P Cole Hamels, 11 – 6, 105K

P Matt Moore, 174.1IP, 148K (with San Francisco)

P Martin Perez, 13 – 12, 115K



OF Leody Taveras

OF Willie Calhoun

RHP Hans Crouse

LHP Yohander Mendez

OF Bubba Thompson

LHP Cole Ragans

1B Ronald Guzman

SS Chris Seise

LHP Brett Martin

C José Trevino



33.8% –Keone Kela’s strikeout rate in 2017.

96.5mph –Keone Kela’s fastball velocity.

83.7% – contact rate on pitches from Martin Perez in 2017.

36.1% –Ryan Rua’s strikeout percent rate in 2017.

.204 –Rougned Odor’s batting average in 2017.

.224 –Odor’s league – low BABIP.

.283 –Odor’s lowest BABIP in his career.

237 – home runs hit by Texas in 2017, tied for third in major league baseball.

94 – games played by third baseman Adrian Beltre, only the second time he has failed to play in 100 or more games in a single season.

41 – home runs by Joey Gallo, who recorded the second – lowest batting average (.209) in history for a player with at least 40 home runs.

32 – singles by Gallo, the fewest in major league history for a player with the least 502 plate appearances.

29 – saves by Texas relievers, the second lowest in major league baseball.

58.0% – the worst save percentage by Texas relievers in major league baseball.

14 – losses by Texas in 2017 when leading after six innings.

13 – wins by Texas in 37 one – run games.

.351 – the lowest winning percentage in one – run games in 2017.

.649 –Rougned Odor’s OPS, the lowest by any 30 – HR hitter in baseball history.



Texas has enough talent to flirt with a possible wild – card. This is the lineup that can hit and if they’re in the hunt by midseason, they will go out and get another quality pitcher and make a run. They could have four left-handers in their rotation, but after Cole Hamels, the rest of the rotation looks mediocre. Hamels wasn’t 100% physically last season, but appears to be ready to go in 2018. Matt Moore was roughed up in San Francisco last season, so this could be a gamble. Arlington can be a tough place to pitch. Signing left-hander Mike Minor may make more sense if they keep him in the bullpen. Rougned Odor was a huge disappointment last season. He never made the necessary adjustments on pitches up in the strike zone, and he looked like your typical modern player… tons of home runs and strikeouts, and not much else. Elvis Andrus turned the corner with his best season and third baseman Adrian Beltre is still very good defensively, at the plate and in the clubhouse. Overall, pitching problems may prevent Texas from returning to the playoffs in 2018. They didn’t invest in a front – line starter in the off-season, instead they are hoping for a bounce – back season across the board. With Houston in the division, a title seems out of reach, but if things fall right they may make a run for the wildcard.


Rangers option Calhoun among flurry of moves

SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Rangers have optioned outfielder Willie Calhoun, their No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, to Triple-A Round Rock. The move opens up left field for a possible platoon of Ryan Rua and Drew Robinson.

Calhoun, a leading candidate to play left field coming into camp, was one of 14 players sent to the Minors on Tuesday. He is a converted second baseman who was switched to left field last season. Calhoun is still learning to play the position and his inexperience on defense is the biggest reason why he is being sent down.

“He definitely came into camp as a guy we were looking at,” manager Jeff Banister said. “Our feeling is Willie Calhoun, we’ve seen what he can do in a batter’s box. He has a unique skill set. We challenged him to work on the defensive side of the game. We feel he has growth to do on the defensive side and the offensive side. He’s going to be a good player but he’s got some work to do on the defensive side.”

The pitchers sent down were Connor Sadzeck, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Reed Garrett, David Hurlbut, Adrian Sampson, Paolo Espino and Tayler Scott. Also sent down were first baseman Ronald Guzman, infielders Christian Lopes and Hanser Alberto, outfielder Scott Heineman and catchers Jose Trevino and Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

Robinson, a left-handed hitter, and Rua, a right-handed hitter, have both looked good defensively in camp.

“As it sits right now, it is probably a priority look of those two guys out there in platoon situations,” Banister said.

Banister said the Rangers are committed to leaving Nomar Mazara in right field and eliminate using him in both corner positions. The Rangers are hoping that locking Mazara into one position will help him offensively.

Shin-Soo Choo will likely get most of his time at designated hitter. When he plays in the outfield, it will be in right field. The Rangers don’t seem him playing left. Banister said he doesn’t expect to use Mazara and Choo in the same outfield unless out of necessity.

“Choo will get time in right field and DH,” Banister said. “Mazara will get most of the innings in right field. I don’t see Choo playing left field.”

The Rangers still have Destin Hood and Carlos Tocci in camp. Both have shown enough to continue to get consideration.

Hood has 10 years of professional experience, including 13 games with the Marlins in 2016. He is a superb athlete who turned down a football scholarship at the University of Alabama as a wide receiver to pursue baseball. He is 5-for-16 with a home run in Cactus League games and has shown his ability to cover ground in the outfield.

“He has opened some eyes,” Banister said. “It has been impressive what he has been able to do. He is an intriguing guy.”

Tocci is a Rule 5 pick from the Phillies who is still developing as an offensive player. He doesn’t have power and the Rangers are trying to get him to use his speed more. The Rangers acquired him based on his defense and they haven’t been disappointed.

“The kid plays exceptional in center field,” Banister said. “He glides everywhere. He seems solid on his feet.”



#                           Name    B/T         Ht           Wt          DOB

43                          Tony Barnette    R/R        6’1″        190lbs   11/9/83

47                          Clayton BlackburnL/R      6’3″        230lbs   1/6/93

51                          Matt Bush           R/R        5’9″        180lbs   2/8/86

53                          Jesse Chavez      R/R        6’2″        175lbs   8/21/83

58                          Alex Claudio       L/L         6’3″        180lbs   1/31/92

41                          Jake Diekman     L/L         6’4″        200lbs   1/21/87

38                          Doug Fister         L/R         6’8″        210lbs   2/4/84

45                          Nick Gardewine R/R        6’1″        179lbs   8/15/93

35                          Cole Hamels       L/L         6’4″        205lbs   12/27/83

63                          Ronald Herrera  R/R        5’11”      185lbs   5/3/95

50                          Keone Kela          R/R        6’1″        215lbs   4/16/93

62                          Jose Leclerc        R/R        6’0″        190lbs   12/19/93

44                          Tim Lincecum     L/R         5’11”      170lbs   6/15/84

31                          Chris Martin        R/R        6’8″        215lbs   6/2/86

65                          Yohander MendezL/L      6’5″        200lbs   1/17/95

36                          Mike Minor         R/L         6’4″        210lbs   12/26/87

55                          Matt Moore       L/L         6’3″        210lbs   6/18/89

33                          Martin Perez      L/L         6’0″        200lbs   4/4/91

68                          Ricardo RodriguezR/R     6’2″        220lbs   8/31/92


#                           Name    B/T         Ht           Wt          DOB

8                            Juan Centeno     L/R         5’9″        195lbs   11/16/89

61                          Robinson ChirinosR/R     6’1″        210lbs   6/5/84


#                           Name    B/T         Ht           Wt          DOB

1                            Elvis Andrus        R/R        6’0″        200lbs   8/26/88

29                          Adrian Beltre      R/R        5’11”      220lbs   4/7/79

13                          Joey Gallo           L/R         6’5″        235lbs   11/19/93

12                          Rougned Odor   L/R         5’11”      195lbs   2/3/94

19                          Jurickson Profar S/R         6’0″        190lbs   2/20/93


#                           Name    B/T         Ht           Wt          DOB

17                          Shin-Soo Choo   L/L         5’11”      210lbs   7/13/82

3                            Delino DeShieldsR/R        5’9″        200lbs   8/16/92

30                          Nomar Mazara  L/L         6’4″        215lbs   4/26/95

18                          Drew Robinson  L/R         6’1″        200lbs   4/20/92

16                          Ryan Rua             R/R        6’2″        205lbs   3/11/90

76                          Carlos Tocci        R/R        6’2″        160lbs   8/23/95