The Texas Rangers received great news on Thursday, they would have a franchise record, four players, representing them at the All-Star game this summer. As one might expect, the Rangers’ high priced veteran free agent signings from a season ago made the cut.
Marcus Semien and Core Seager are both blessed with great numbers and an respected track record for success. But for a rookie like Josh Jung to break through it speaks volumes for how good he is and unmistakably good his season has been.
His WAR at third base was fourth but his 16 homeruns and .815 OPS more than make up for it. Jung is the first rookie to make the All-Star since 2017 and his selection speaks volumes for the future of the Texas Rangers.
Josh Jung and Jonah Heim are young All-Star players for the Texas Rangers who are painting a beautiful picture for the future.
Jonah Heim, 28, appears to be just hitting his prime and has stabilized the Rangers behind the plate this season. He’s caught in 62 of the 80 games the Rangers have played this season and doesn’t appear to be wearing down anytime soon.
It’s no surprise the Texas Rangers high powered offense has paved the way for the most All-Star bids this season. Texas has been rolling opponents with their mix of in-prime players and developing talents. The number could even grow on Sunday when pitching selections are made.
The Texas Rangers have been leading the AL West all season because of their mix of talented players and depth. It’s a sustainable force even though they’ve suffered in their bullpen and lost their ace pitcher.
Texas is expected to be active at the trade deadline. They can pull from their farm depth to address issues in the bullpen without hurting their long-term outlook. With so many rising young players on the roster (and about to break through), they have assets to spare.
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It’s one of those rare occasions where the Texas Rangers are built for both the short-term and the long-term.
- Published on 06/30/2023 at 12:27 PM
- Last updated at 06/30/2023 at 12:27 PM