Sep 23, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios (51) is congratulated by shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) and manager Ron Washington (38) after his solo home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Could this Texas Ranger have a career year in 2014?


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In 2013 the Texas Rangers acquired Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox. He played in 47 games with Texas accumulating 186 at-bats. He had an average of .280 with 6 home runs and 26 rbi’s. At 6’5” Rios is surprisingly quick with the potential to steal every time he gets on base. Last year he totaled 42 stolen bases between Texas and Chicago.

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Hitting behind Adrian Beltre and Prince Fielder makes Rios an important asset to the production of this line-up. He has a career batting average of .278 but this year he has the potential to raise that. Hitting behind Beltre and Fielder, Rios is going to see a lot of quality pitches. Being able to hit in Texas for 81 games should boost his power numbers also.

He has never hit more than 25 home runs or drove in more than 91 runs. Is it not possible to see those number raise to 30 home runs and 100 rbi’s? Could he get 50 stolen bases? These are big numbers I understand but don’t discount the advantage of hitting behind Beltre and Fielder. Rios has a good chance to have a career year with Texas this season.

He is also in the final year of his contract, which in most sports gives the player more motivation to produce. Like I said, this are big numbers but are they unrealistic?

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