The Texas Rangers finished the first half of the 2012 season in first place in the A.L. West with a 51-34 record, 4 games ahead of the Angels. They will have to keep to the grindstone in the second half as the Angels are going to put up a fight with them. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Rangers in 2012, in my opinion:
Team MVP: Josh Hamilton – 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton turned in a very impressive first half in 2012. He played in 79 games for the Rangers in 2012 and he was 92 of 299 (.308 avg, 1.016 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 27 homers, 75 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. The only thing that could possibly slow down Hamilton would be an injury.
Biggest Surprise: Robbie Ross – 23-year old rookie lefty reliever Robbie Ross burst onto the scene for the Rangers in the first half of the 2012 season. He pitched in 34 games (0 starts) for the Rangers in the first half and he was 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He only gave up 33 hits in his first 47 1/3 innnings in the majors and that is pretty darn impressive.
Biggest Disappointment: Michael Young – 35-year old righty swinging DH/1B Michael Young has really been a disappointment at the plate so far this year for the Rangers. He played in 83 games for the Rangers in the first half of the 2012 season and he was 91 for 337 (.270 avg, .656 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 3 homers, 25 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Rangers need Young to pick up the pace with the bat in the second half of the 2012 season.