25-year old lefty swinging Mitch Moreland was so good down the stretch for the Rangers last season that he will get a chance to be the full time 1B in 2011 with a solid spring. Moreland played in 47 games for the Rangers last season and he was 37 of 145 (.255 avg, .833 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 9 homers, 25 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Moreland also played in 95 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 102 of 353 (.289 avg, .855 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 12 homers, 65 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Moreland will win the full-time job this spring if he proves that he can handle lefty pitching. Moreland had 2 errors in 40 games at 1B for the Rangers last season and he’s average at best defensively.
29-year old righty swinging Mike Napoli will likely get some time at 1B, C and DH this season for the Rangers. He had 6 errors in 70 games for the Angels at 1B last season so he has a lot to improve on to be an even average 1B defensively. But, he brings a big time power bat to the Rangers’ lineup from the right side.
24-year old lefty swinging Chris Davis has fallen on hard times for the Rangers. He played in 45 games for the Rangers last season and he was 23 of 120 (.192 avg, .571 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He whiffed a stunning 40 times for the Rangers last season as he looked hopeless at the plate at times. The Rangers are by no means giving up on Davis who was pretty solid in his first two years with the Rangers. Davis played in 193 games in his first two years with the Rangers and he was 177 of 686 (.258 avg) with 99 runs scored, 38 homers and 114 RBIs. So he has showed potential to be a big time power hitter in the show but he needs to get his confidence back before they give him another shot. Davis had 2 errors in 41 games at 1B for the Rangers last season and he’s a tad below average defensively.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RANGERS 1B IN 2011: C