The 2014 season was supposed to be a good one for the Texas Rangers. After all, a batting lineup consisting of Shin-Soo Choo, Prince Fielder, and Adrian Beltre was designed to score plenty of runs. Outside of Yu Darvish, Texas’ pitching staff is arguably the worst in the MLB. As a matter of fact, the Rangers’ starting pitching rotation has the worst ERA in the MLB. Although the Rangers’ 2014 season is lost, there still is plenty of reasoning to be excited for the 2015 MLB season.
At the end of May, Texas’ big offseason acquisition had his season shortened because of a neck injury. The good thing is that Fielder will return healthy at the beginning of the 2015 season. When that time comes, the Rangers will have a few prospects that could end up making a big impact on the major league team. Rougned Odor played for the Rangers this year, but with another spring training under his belt, Odor will become a real good player for the Rangers.
The Rangers have two prospects in particular that could really make an impact in the MLB next year. Joey Gallo, a first-round pick in 2012, is a player that has been tearing up the minor leagues. In 58 games in Double-A, Gallo has hit 21 homers, while also hitting .323. Gallo is becoming a star. His minor league career is similar to Anthony Rizzo‘s in terms of their power. The other is pitcher Luke Jackson, who is 8-2 with a 3.02 ERA in Double-A.
With Fielder coming back to join Beltre and Choo, and the young prospects developing, Ron Washington‘s squad will be a good one in 2015. It may seem far away, but Ranger fans need to be patient. If the Rangers can pick up another pitcher in the offseason, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they finished as the best team in the American League at the end of next season.