33-year old righty swinging Michael Young will be the starting 3B once again in 2010 for the Rangers. He played in 135 games for the Rangers last season and he was 174 for 541 (.322 avg, .892 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 22 homers, 68 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Injuries cut short his 2009 season early but the Rangers have faith that he will play in at least 150 games in 2010. Young only made 9 errors in 134 games at 3B last season but he showed pretty awful range. Look for him to improve defensively in his second year at the position.
30-year old righty swinging Khalil Greene will be Young’s backup in 2010. Greene played in 16 games at 3B for the Cardinals last season and he made 1 error while showing outstanding range. Like Young, Greene is a natural shortstop so he should be able to handle the position.
32-year old righty swinging Esteban German will battle this spring for a backup job on the Rangers. German played in 19 games for the Rangers last season and he was 14 for 46 (.304, .751 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. German also played in 105 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 124 for 389 (.319 avg, .833 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 4 homers, 59 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. German made 4 errors in only 10 games at 3B for the Rangers last season while showing awful range.
25-year old righty swinging Joaquin Arias played in only 3 games for the Rangers last season and he was 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .000 OPS). Arias has now played in 41 games in his major league career and he is 38 for 129 (.295 avg, .748 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 10 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Arias didn’t make an error in his 1 game at 3B for the Rangers. Arias is out of options so if he doesn’t look like he is going to make the 25-man roster look for the Rangers to trade him.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2010: A-