29-year old lefty swinging Josh Hamilton will probably play most of his games in LF in 2011 to save some of the wear and tear on his body. Hamilton played in 133 games for the Rangers last season and he was 186 of 518 (.359 avg, 1.044 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 32 homers, 100 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He led the majors in batting average and OPS last season which was a big reason why he was named the MVP of the American League last year. Hamilton made 4 errors in 92 games in LF last season while showing out of this world range. He also had 7 assists while playing LF as he showed off a really strong arm. I look for Hamilton to have another monster year in 2011 as long as he can stay healthy.
David Murphy and Craig Gentry will be the Rangers’ backup outfielders in 2011. Murphy played in 74 games in LF last season for the Rangers and he had 1 error while showing excellent range there. He also had six assists while playing in LF as he showed off a really strong throwing arm. Gentry played in 6 error-free games in LF last season for the Rangers. Gentry won’t likely get too much P.T. in 2011.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RANGERS LF IN 2011: A+