22-year old righty swinging Elvis Andrus regressed a little bit in his second year in the majors with a bat in his hands. Andrus played in 148 games for the Rangers last season and he was 156 of 588 (.265 avg, .643 OPS) with 88 runs scored, 0 homers, 35 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. If Andrus doesn’t improve that OPS a little bit this year, he might find himself batting near the bottom of the order at some point in 2011. Andrus was very solid in the field as he made 16 errors in 148 games at SS while showing pretty good range. Hopefully Andrus will improve with the bat a bit in 2011 so that he can utilize his speed.
26-year old switch hitting Andres Blanco played in 68 games for the Rangers last season and he was 46 of 166 (.277 avg, .679 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 0 homers and 13 RBIs. Blanco needs to improve his D a little bit as he made 2 errors at SS in 16 games there for the Rangers last season while showing terrible range. Blanco has improved as a hitter and that’s something the Rangers have to be happy about.
29-year old righty swinging Brian Barden will likely start the 2011 season in AAA-ball. Barden played in 35 games for the Marlins last season and he was 5 of 28 (.179 avg, .460 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. Barden has now played in 119 games in his first four years and he is a .211 career hitter with a .571 OPS. Barden played in 7 error-free games for the Marlins as SS last season while showing poor range.
29-year old lefty swinging Omar Quintanilla played in 34 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 30 for 119 (.252 avg, .669 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 15 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He last played in the majors back in 2009 with the Rockies. Quintanilla has a career batting average of .220 with a .567 OPS. Quintanilla already has one strike for testing positive for PEDs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RANGERS SS IN 2011: B