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Texas Rangers Spring Training: 5 Players Who Are Sure to Shine

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Texas Rangers Spring Training: 5 Players Who Are Sure to Shine

Texas Rangers, Elvis Andrus,
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Spring is just around the corner and baseball fans are eagerly anticipating the start of the 2014 season. With the start of each new season, a new hope comes with it. Each team hopes that this will be the year that everything comes together just right, and that the season ends with winning a World Series championship.

For Texas Rangers’ fans, the hopes have been high for the past few seasons, and this year is no different. Texas and their fans believe they have all the makings of a championship team. They have an ace pitcher in Yu Darvish, a great lineup with guys like Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, and a new addition: Prince Fielder.

The Rangers know what it takes to get to the World Series. They made it there in 2010 and 2011, but both trips ended in disappointment for Texas. They are determined to not only get back to the World Series, but to win it.

Getting back to the Series will not be easy though. The A.L. West is a competitive division. The Angels, A’s, and Mariners all have the same belief that this can be their year. The only team that most feel does not have a realistic shot in the division is the Houston Astros.

Before the Texas Rangers, or any other team, can think about the World Series, they must first get through the regular season. And, before the regular season, comes Spring Training.

Spring Training is where jobs are won and the ground work is laid for the long season ahead. Spring Training is also where new faces emerge and veterans show they still have what it takes. It is a place for players to shine. Here are five Texas Rangers sure to shine in Spring Training.

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Elvis Andrus

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
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Elvis is a guy that just loves to play baseball. He doesn’t care if it is game No. 1 of Spring Training, or game No. 7 of the World Series, he just wants to be out there. Whether it is his slick glove in the field or showing his speed on the bases, he is always sure to entertain.

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Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
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Fielder has a chip on his shoulder and wants to prove himself to a lot of people. He wants to make the Tigers regret giving him up, and wants to prove to Rangers’ fans that he was worth trading for. Watch for Fielder to launch some home runs early and often this spring.

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Leonys Martin

Leonys Martin, Texas Rangers
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Martin won the centerfield job last season. He was electrifying on the bases, and in throwing out runners from the outfield. He is young and is only going to get better. Look for him to improve on his 2013 season beginning in Spring Training.

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Jurickson Profar

Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers
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Profar did not meet the lofty expectations of most Rangers’ fans in 2013. Profar is an extraordinary talent, and Rangers’ fans that jumped off the bandwagon in 2013 will be looking to jump back on in 2014. Watch for Profar to have a monster spring that will carry over to the regular season.

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Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
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I hope Rangers’ fans appreciate the greatness of Yu Darvish. He is a top-three pitcher in all of baseball. Fans and media that complain are just nit-picking. When you watch Yu, you are watching greatness in the prime of his career. Whether it is the regular season or Spring Training, you should sit back and soak it in.