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Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2011 6:13 pm
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Mark Teixeira

By C. Trent Rosecrans


What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

The Rangers are in an interesting position in the franchise's history -- no longer a middle-of-the-road team, the Rangers have turned themselves into one of the game's biggest players. The team has reached the last two World Series with a mixture of homegrown players (Ian Kinsler, C.J. Wilson, Alexi Ogando), savvy trades (sending Mark Teixeira to Atlanta for a haul that included Elvis Andrus and Neftali Feliz, plus the deal with the Reds getting Josh Hamilton) and big-ticket free-agents (Adrian Beltre). It's tough to argue with the results, as the Rangers have positioned themselves into becoming one of the top teams in baseball and don't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Lineup

1. Ian Kinsler, SS
2. Craig Gentry, CF
3. Mark Teixeira, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Travis Hafner, DH
6. Edwin Encarnacion, 2B
7. Laynce Nix, RF
8. John Mayberry, LF
9. Taylor Teagarden, C

Starting Rotation

1. C.J. Wilson
2. John Danks
3. Derek Holland
4. Colby Lewis
5. Ryan Dempster

Bullpen

Closer - Joaquin Benoit
Set up - Darren Oliver, Nick Masset, Scott Feldman, Jesse Chavez, Yoshinori Tateyama
Long - Tommy Hunter

Notable Bench Players

Ivan Rodriguez will be in discussion for the Hall of Fame when his career ends, but he's now a backup catcher and could be a good one. You have a pair of first baseen in Justin Smoak and Mitch Moreland who aren't going to strike fear into too many pitchers, as well as two outfielders probably better defensively or as pinch runners in Jason Bourgeois and Scott Podsednik.

What's Good?

The rotation is deep -- in addition to the five listed, you could also throw in R.A. Dickey, Aaron Harang and Edinson Volquez. And while there's no real shut-down closer, there are some very good bullpen arms, and the list above doesn't include Blake Beavan, Josh Lueke and Danny Herrera.

What's Not?

Besides Kinsler and Teixeira, the lineup is suspect. And the defense is worse. The outfield is kind of a hodgepodge, while the infield is a disaster with only Carlos Pena playing in his usual position. While Teixeira hasn't played third base since his rookie year in 2003, Kinsler has never played shortstop, nor has Encarnacion ever played second base -- but there just wasn't a whole lot of options. The outfield doesn't have the likes of Hamilton or Nelson Cruz to help out, either.

Comparison to real 2011

Would this team wind up in World Series? Not bloody likely. The pitching is fine and even maybe an slight upgrade to the team that won the American League pennant again in 2011, but that lineup is demonstratively worse. The Rangers were third in baseball in runs and second in OPS, and without Hamilton, Cruz, Mike Napoli, Michael Young and Beltre, this squad isn't going to do anything close to that. Teixeira is a good player -- and Pena could put up big homer numbers in that ballpark -- but those losses from the real squad are just too much to overcome. This team is maybe a .500 squad, at best, and that's only because of the depth in the pitching staff.

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Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:25 am
 

Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

I think Pudge deserves a spot on this list, he was employed in 2011 and even in veteran status is a better option behind the plate than TT.  I remember the night he was called up from Tusa, I wanted to see the arm Tom Grieve was talking about.  Turns out Pudge could get the ball down to second base pretty good.



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

This feature on the Rangers shows what a dramatic turnaround the farm system has undergone over the past 3 or 4 years or so under JD and crew.  Looking at current major leagers that are homegrown gives you a good idea of how well the team drafted players 3 years ago and beyond because most draftees don't make it to the Majors faster than that.  This Rangers homegrown team is dreadful with a deep, but mediocre staff.  



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

I may have to take that back...I had thought he (AG) started in the Rangers system but it looks like he didn't.  Don't recognize some of those monor league teams.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

Dopper is right.  Its hard to fill content but this is a good diversion...

Think I would take Adrian Gonzalez in the outfield.  Proves baseball is a talking sport...


roomning
Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:46 pm
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Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:49 am
 

Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

over the last few years, you always hear how the Rangers farm system is the best in baseball.  that being said, I would've thought this would have been better.  I was surprised how weak this team is.  Maybe we'll need to do this again in 5 years and see if the farm system really is that good. 



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:59 am
 

Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

Hodgepodge is a good word to describe this team. It is like a garbage pizza. Yeah the pitching is OK but the defense is terrible, which makes the pitching worse. I bet this team wouldn’t win more than 75 games.




Since: Dec 28, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

Edwin at 2B is laughable. Bourgeois spent his minor league career at 2B and should take that spot. Also, Moreland should take Nix's spot in the OF. Actually not a terrible line-up, just looks bad in comparison to their actual line-up.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

thanks dopper... has been fun to do, as well. usually these types of things get old to write after the first 5 or 6, but this one has been pretty interesting all the way through. wait until friday when we'll do our final rankings.

-- ctr 



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Homegrown Team: Texas Rangers

blick2, good call on ogando, you were right...

changed it.  


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