Rangers With a Good Showing in MLB Top 100 Players

MLB Network had finished releasing the Top 100 players entering into the 2024 season. What type of representation did our World Champion Texas Rangers get as the first pitch nears?
Nov 3, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) raises the trophy during
Nov 3, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) raises the trophy during / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past month MLB Network has been releasing its top 100 players entering into the 2024 regular season. Following #1-10 being released earlier this week, we can now look at the full list and judge guilt-free on where our beloved Rangers ended up.

The Rangers are among the most represented in the American League tallying five players to crack the list with Nathanial Lowe, Nathan Eovaldi, Adolis Garcia, Marcus Semien, and Corey Seager. The Rangers and Orioles each have 5 players in the top 100 as only the Houston Astros have more in the AL with 7. The Atlanta Braves have the most throughout the league with 9, even more than the Dodgers with 7.

So where did MLB Network go right with the Rangers' representation and where did they go drastically wrong?

For starters, they had Corey Seager as the highest-ranked shortstop in the entire MLB at #6 which was undoubtedly the right decision. The next highest shortstop behind Seager was Trea Turner at No. 16.

Lowe just cracked the list at No. 98 despite coming off a season where he took a step back after being a Silver Slugger in 2022. It is nice to see Lowe continuing to get some recognition even if 98 seems a bit low for a guy who Bleacher Report ranked as the No. 7 first basemen in all of baseball. In other words, I was pleased to see the 28-year-old on the list, but there is no way Christian Walker and Cody Bellinger end up being better first basemen than Lowe in 2024.

But where the biggest snub occurred was Eovaldi down at No. 91. Coming off a season where, before he got hurt, was pitching like one of the best arms in baseball with a 2.64 ERA and a 10-3 record in 17 starts with just over 112 innings going into the month of July. And then capping it off with 5 wins in 6 starts in the postseason tallying over 35 innings as the Rangers workhorse en route to a world title.

Eovaldi is far better than the 91st-ranked player in the MLB.

To round it out, Garcia came in at No. 39, a massive jump from his No. 99 ranking last season and Semien got 21st; one spot ahead of Jose Altuve for what it's worth.

The only major leave-off from the list was the All-Star Game starting catcher for the American League, Jonah Heim. You would think that would be enough for Heim to crack the list, but nonetheless, the MLB doesn’t see it that way.

Overall the defending World Champions were well represented on the MLB’s Top 100 with a chance to add to that number throughout the season with Evan Carter’s and maybe even Wyatt Langford’s coming out party set for 2024.

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