MLB Previews: Texas Rangers Expectations for 2013
The 2012 MLB season was supposed to belong to the Texas Rangers, who finally seemed to have all the pieces in a row for a third-time’s-the-charm World Series run. It wasn’t, though. Instead, Texas lost the American League West crown on the final day of the season and then got bounced in the Wild Card round for a quick postseason exit. Now with new faces of the franchise emerging, the Rangers are looking to not only win the World Series in 2013, but start a new MLB dynasty.
Texas no longer has headaches Josh Hamilton and Michael Young, so that means younger players will now get their chances to prove themselves as full-time starters. David Murphy, Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry are not new faces in the outfield, but they’ll now see the field much more often, as will Mitch Moreland at first base.
Jurickson Profar is the top MLB prospect and he’ll either start a new era at shortstop or be traded for pitching help, which seems to be the feeling in Arlington these days, especially considering recent comments by Rangers president (and Hall of Fame pitcher) Nolan Ryan. Texas has two All-Star pitchers in Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison, but their rotation may be the only area that sees a major addition this year as Texas prepares for a planned World Series run after coming up short in back-to-back appearances in 2010 and ’11.