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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

I don’t miss February

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

Jeff Wilson has notes about yesterday’s spring training debut which saw the Texas Rangers fall to the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in six weird innings.

Kennedi Landry’s notebook covers Joey Gallo going deep on his first swing of the year and other items from Surprise.

Sam Blum writes that Ronald Guzman is in camp hoping to earn a spot after an MVP turn in the Dominican Winter League.

Landry writes that Guzman is showing off a new mentality and the new swing that raised eyebrows over the winter.

Wilson writes that Guzman’s situation harkens back to over a decade ago when Nelson Cruz was a player out of options but hoping for another chance.

Blum has more on the first day of actual baseball with Rougned Odor being a candidate for the bench if he doesn’t win an everyday job, according to Jon Daniels.

Landry notes that the Rangers have their pitching plans laid out for the first few days of Cactus League action.

As you may have guessed, and as Will Leitch writes, Joey Gallo is the current active WAR leader remaining on the Rangers roster.

Kiley McDaniel provided his rankings for the upcoming draft class and, if his thoughts hit the mark, the Rangers should be primed to add a very good prospect with the No. 2 overall pick.

Maybe the Rangers will take Jack Leiter. And, if so...

And, Mike Petriello takes a look at pitchers who have similar pitches to the more famous offerings of Cy Young-caliber hurlers with Jonathan Hernandez’s sinker earning notice.

Be well!