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Editor’s note: We continue our countdown of how MLB’s 30 teams rank in terms of fantasy baseball assets. At No. 24, here’s Dalton Del Don’s snapshot of the Texas Rangers.
The Rangers are a bit of a wild card this year, as they go from playing in baseball’s best hitter’s park other than Coors Field to a new place that features similar dimensions but projects to act much more neutral thanks to a retractable roof (but it’s still a big unknown).
Danny Santana is an obvious regression candidate, and there’s a good chance Willie Calhoun — who fractured his jaw on March 8 but could be ready depending on season’s start — disappoints after finally being given an everyday role. Rougned Odor is going cheap for a middle infielder who hit 30 homers, stole 10-plus bases and recorded 90-plus RBI over just 145 games last season. He also has a brother named Rougned Odor.
The main position battle is first base, where a younger Ronald Guzman with a retooled swing would become interesting if he beats out Todd Frazier for the starting job.
Texas traded for Corey Kluber during the offseason, who’s coming off an injury-ravaged campaign but immediately becomes the team’s ace. Health will be paramount when it comes to the extent of Kluber’s rebound this season. Lance Lynn and Mike Minor both ranked top-15 in FB% last year, so they should particularly benefit from the change in parks.
Jose Leclerc lost his job at one point in 2019 and has shaky control, but he’s already been named the team’s closer, recorded 100 strikeouts last season and is one year removed from posting a 1.56 ERA, so treat him as a top-15 fantasy RP.