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Texas Rangers MLB News - Rangers Baseball Blog » 2013 » February » 18

The Texas Rangers are in great shape at 3B for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Preview for Season by joelapinski on Monday 18 February 2013 at 4:00 pm

33-year old righty swinging Adrian Beltre is an outstanding all-ar0und player for the Rangers.  He played in 156 games for the Rangers last year and he was 194 of 604 (.321 avg, .921 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 36 homers, 102 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 129 games (all starts) for the Rangers last year at 3B and he had 8 errors while showing slightly below average range.  Beltre has now played in 2,115 games in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 2,227 of 7,965 (.280 avg, .807 OPS) with 1,089 runs scored, 346 homers, 1,215 RBIs and 115 stolen bases.  24-year old righty swinging Mike Olt is one of the best prospects for the Rangers.  He played in 16 games for the Rangers last year and he was 5 for 33 (.152 avg, .432 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Olt played in 5 games (2 starts) at 3B for the Rangers last year and he had 1 error there while showing outstanding range.  Olt also played in 95 games in AA-ball last year in which he was 102 of 354 (.288 avg, .977 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 28 homers, 82 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2013:  A

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