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Smell ya later, Surprise

MLB: Texas Rangers-Media Day Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning. The Rangers have packed up and said adios to Surprise, Arizona which means the for real baseball is almost here.

With camp over, Jeff Wilson names the seven Rangers who had the best spring in Surprise this year.

T.R. Sullivan writes that Lance Lynn had a good spring for the Rangers and he retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced in yesterday’s Cactus League finale.

Lynn wasn’t the best starter from yesterday, though, as Evan Grant notes that Taylor Hearn had a great day pitching against the Rangers as a member of the Nashville Sounds.

Wilson’s notes from camp yesterday include the news that, with Bubba Thompson and Leody Taveras possibly beginning the year in High-A Down East, Julio Pablo Martinez will likely begin the season in Low-A Hickory despite coming advertised as being pretty advanced.

Hearn and the centerfield trio will be players to watch this summer from down on the farm. With that in mind, Jamey Newberg offers his nine Rangers minor league storylines to watch for 2019.

Now that the Rangers have a game at First Tennessee Park in Nashville under their belts, Grant ponders if they’ve been able to upgrade their Triple-A affiliation over Round Rock.

Sullivan writes that the Rangers have built a bullpen that should pile up strikeouts if everything goes to plan.

Matt Fisher previews third base for the Rangers in 2019 where Asdrubal Cabrera will face the unenviable task of being the first person who isn’t Adrian Beltre to man the position since 2010.

And, lastly, the personalities at ESPN looked at baseball’s best bets regarding the upcoming season but there’s one long shot they listed that would be pretty fun if it happened.

Have a nice day!