5. CJ Wilson- Wilson leads the team in innings pitched while posting a 5-3 record with a 3.25 ERA. He is leading the team and is in the top 10 in the AL with 65 strikeouts. This year’s opening day starter has really proved himself that he can be a top 20 pitcher in this league year in and year out after a great year last year.
4. Mitch Moreland- Moreland came into the season probably being the biggest question mark in the entire lineup after not being an opening day starter for the team. However, by staying healthy and playing very well he has played in all but 4 games. He is now top 5 on the team in runs hits doubles homers and average, batting over .300. With players who have played at least 40 games from the Rangers, he leads in fielding percentage as well. He has also proved to be valuable by playing both first base and outfield while others were on the disabled list.
3. Adrian Beltre- Last offseason’s biggest acquisition for the Texas Rangers, Beltre has not had a very efficient season but has posted some great numbers nonetheless. He is hitting a mere .254 however he leads the team in both home runs (11) and RBI (42) while appearing in every game this season for the Rangers. He has yet to hit well at home where he is only batting .226, but I believe he will pick it up soon with the average, but the good news is that he is on pace for about 33 homers and 126 RBI. As the weather warms in Arlington, look for Beltre to do the same.
2. Alexi Ogando- All I have to say is wow. Who knew how good this guy would be in his first season as a starter? Sure he was great last year as a setup man, but that is a very tough transition. Ogando has been absolutely filthy this year. With a 2.33 ERA and a .91 WHIP, which is second in all of baseball, he has been superb. He has yet to lose this season and sports a record of 5-0. He has given up 2 runs or fewer in 8 of his 10 outings and could be a great starter for years to come for the Rangers. The biggest question for Ogando in Spring Training was his control, but his ability to control both his fastball and offspeed selections have led to his early season success.
1. Michael Young- He shows that he is truly a professional and continues to produce even though the Rangers organization has disrespected him. He is top 5 in all of baseball in both doubles and batting average. He also leads the team in on base percentage and at bats. He is a great defender wherever he is put on the field, a great clubhouse guy, and without a doubt the team leader. Jon Daniels was wise to keep one of the most versatile players in the Major Leagues on the Rangers.
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