3 Rangers Who Don’t Belong on the 40-Man Roster

The Texas Rangers might be better off not including these players on the final 40-man roster after Spring Training.

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Jack Leiter

He is the guy with the most to prove in Spring Training. The Rangers need one of their young pitchers to hit this season as they are entering the season with significant depth issues in their bullpen. They would love to have their former second-overall pick become an impact arm, but we haven't seen enough from Leiter to warrant a spot on the roster.

The right-handed pitcher out of Vanderbilt was supposed to be the future of the organization when he was drafted. Plenty of players picked after him already started to make an impact in the majors, while Leiter struggled to come out of the minors. The club had shut him down for two months last year due to command issues and his mechanics. The hope with this move was to help Leiter "clear out" his head and relax on the mound.

Whether it helped remains to be seen. General manager Chris Young and manager Bruce Bochy both said they still have high expectations from him and a spot on the Opening Day roster is on the table.

Leiter clearly has the talent, but this hasn't translated to the mound since his college days. He has been less than stellar in Frisco as well, holding a 5-16 record in his two seasons. Both sides might be better off with a fresh start.

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