Fantasy Quotient: Texas Rangers

*See how the Rangers measure up against A.L. West rival: L.A. Angels of Anaheim

Texas Rangers’ Ian Kinsler (R) and Elvis Andrus celebrate after they scored on the hit by teammate Michael Young against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington, Texas April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Reckon its time to see how the boys from the Ballpark and Arlington stack up against the rest of the Major Leagues in the fantasy department.

Outfield:

Craig Gentry can cover a lot of ground in center field from ally to ally and can really fly on the bath paths, but along with a poor hitting David Murphy he doesn’t get enough at-bats to offer any fantasy value.

Nelson Cruz is a truly an enigma because he has the ultra-rare combination of speed and power he just can’t hit a lick for average. Expect Cruz to raise his average and he is definitely a buy-low candidate moving forward.

Coming off a spectacular MVP season Josh Hamilton has been hurt for most of the season and when healthy has been pretty quiet. His numbers are not what they should be but he is a natural hitter who can contribute in ever category including about 10 steals per season. Expect him to turn things around. Hamilton joins Cruz in the buy-low department.

First Base:

Mitch Moreland has definitely contributed to the Rangers success and could be a serviceable option at first with a 9 bombs an average just a smidge under .300 and even a few swipes but this position runs pretty deep in fantasy and there are several proven, more appealing options.

Second Base:

Ian Kinsler was one of the hottest names on draft day because of his all encompassing skills. The ultra talented second baseman’s season reminds me a little of Grady Sizemore’s past struggles. Both players have no shortage of all purpose talent but sometimes player inexplicably slump. Kinsler is no doubt a fantasy option with 8 bombs and 14 swipes, paramount for a two bagger, but his average is under .250! Look for Kinsler hit for a better average as the summer heats up. Add Kinsler to a full boat of buy-low Rangers.

Shortstop:

Elvis Andrus is a very useful player. He has very unTexas like power but he produces in the runs, steals, and average categories. Shortstop is a shallow position as well which improves this speedster’s stock considerably.

Third Base:

Everything is bigger in Texas holds true when the value of free agent Adrian Beltre is discussed. He’s driven in more runs than any third baseman in the league and has also swatted 12 bombs. With all the good Rangers hitters in front of him expect Beltre to continue the RBI parade.

Catcher:

Yorvit Torrealaba. Cool name. Tough player. No fantasy value.

Utility:

The longest tenured Ranger in his 11th year, Michael Young has remained the solid contributor fantasy owners have grown accustomed to. With eligibility at first, second and third this top 100 Yahoo! rank player brings all the fixins with production solid though not spectacular.

Starting 5:

Texas pitching is historically awful. The Ranger way has more often been line up the biggest baddest boppers and letting them try to knock the pill seven rows up into the upper deck. No more, as the Rangers shockingly have some talented young pitching in their arsenal. Nothing demonstrated the Ranger front office’s organizational shift to pitching then 2010′s trade for for lefty Cliff Lee who they eventually lost to free agency in a bidding war with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lee’s playoff partner in crime, Colby Lewis has under performed but has recently shown signs of righting the ship, looking sharp while striking out 10 in 6 2/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves. The unquestioned ace of the staff has been flame throwing right hander C.J. Wilson. The strikeout artist has been terrific, featuring a sparkling ERA and solid WHIP while compiling 7 wins. Surprisingly, it doesn’t stop there as Texas southpaw Matt Harrison is a streaming option and worth a look in deeper leagues.

Bullpen:

Closer Netali Feliz has been both hurt and a little inconsistent but overall the future looks bright for the hard throwing righty. In his most recent two outing he struck out multiple batters for the first time since his opening appearance. His ERA is super low at right around 2.00 and expect Feliz to be one of the more dynamic fantasy relievers in the game as the season moves along.

Overall:

The Rangers have a lot of options and offer some of the highest value of any team in baseball in large part to their revitalized pitching efforts. They are not the finest team in fantasy but the Rangers receive high marks for a team with a lot of dangerous options for fantasy owners.

Rangers Quotient: 90/100

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