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Tuesday Morning Texas Rangers Update

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Good morning.

Evan Grant writes that Kohei Arihara performed better in his second outing of the spring though it came in a 9-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Jeff Wilson, while writing about how Isiah Kiner-Falefa, notes that the underdog, position-swapping, opposite field-approaching, clubhouse-leading Hawaiian is on his way to going full Michael Young (mostly my words, not his).

Indeed, Grant writes that IKF is swapping to an ax-handled bat after spending his offseason literally swinging an ax in hopes of injecting more power in his bat.

Kennedi Landry has notes on both IKF’s Paul Bunyan routine and Arihara’s rebound performance on Monday.

Wilson notes that Willie Calhoun was back in a familiar setting yesterday, one year to the day after he had his jaw broken by a 95-mph fastball.

Grant writes that it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Willie since last March 8 and, after a slow spring thus far, his roster spot isn’t a sure thing in 2021.

Levi Weaver takes his crack at projecting the 2021 Opening Day roster for the Texas Rangers.

Jared Sandler is talkin’ Leody Taveras and 2021 goals for the likely Opening Day centerfielder.

Wilson writes that bringing Mike Foltynewicz aboard late in the winter could end up being a boon for the Rangers.

In case you missed it yesterday, the MLB Pipeline crew updated the Rangers’ top 30 prospects list ahead of the 2021 season and Jim Callis has a breakdown of the system.

Grant sleeps deeply on RHP Hans Crouse by ranking him as just the 19th best prospect in the Rangers’ farm system.

And, ESPN has a guide for all the MLB parks where you can catch baseball fever (and probably COVID) this summer.

Be well.