Power Ranking the Top 10 Rangers Outside Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton is the most valuable player on the Rangers, or at the very least close to it. His impact on the offense when he is hot and struggling cannot be matched by any other player on the team.
With that in mind, here is a power ranking of the top ten most valuable Rangers not named Hamilton.
These players are not ranked simply by skill or talent. Instead, this list will try to determine how valuable they are to the Rangers and their success now and in the stretch run.
10: Mike Adams
Mike Adams is an essential piece to the Rangers bullpen. He was brought in from San Diego to be a stable arm for the team in the late innings, and he has done exactly that.
His value comes from the fact that he has the shutdown ability to make the game one inning shorter. The opposing team knows they need to score runs early because when Adams and Joe Nathan come in the game, it’s going to get much more difficult.
It’s also handy to have a player like Adams handle the 8th because some consider that the most difficult inning. Hitters tend to be more selective at the plate then because they know their team still has one more inning left.
Whether this proves true most nights or not, Adams does his job by providing a good bridge to the ninth.
9: Joe Nathan
Joe Nathan was one of the question marks coming in to the season for Texas. The team needed an elite closer when they signed Nathan, who was just a couple years removed from Tommy John surgery.
The big right-hander has put all the doubts to rest. He is back to his old form, making the All-Star team and saving 20 games thus far. Nathan helps his cause with a terrific strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The last three outs are always tough to get, so it’s very valuable to have a reliable veteran to lock them down when needed.
8). Nelson Cruz
Anyone who watched last season’s ALCS knows how big an impact Nelly Cruz can have when he gets on a roll. He has MVP type talent that can carry an offense.
Cruz has been remarkably healthy this season, yet his numbers are not where Rangers fans are accustomed to seeing them.
The team needs this to change. He has a lot of power at the plate and he can protect the guys in front of him.
Nelly is a difference maker, no question about it. The Rangers are a different offense when he is playing well, which is very valuable.
7: Ian Kinsler
Ian Kinsler is a tough player to overlook when power ranking the most valuable Rangers.
As the leadoff hitter, he can hurt the opposing team in numerous ways. He has the power to hit 30 home runs and the speed to steal 30 bases. His batting average is up this season too.
Ian is an excellent second baseman, even though his errors are up a bit this season.
Further adding to his value, Kinsler is also second in the MLB in runs scored.
6: Derek Holland
Derek Holland is another player with difference maker type potential. He is a power arm in the rotation with great strikeout stuff.
Consistency is still a problem, but if he is really healthy again, Holland looks poised for a big second half.
The lefty is going to be leaned on heavily, especially now that Colby Lewis is done for the year. He has plenty of experience pitching in the stretch run, so he knows the approaching grind well.
If he pitches to his talent level, similar to his last start in Boston, he makes the Rangers a dangerous team.
5: Elvis Andrus
Elvis Andrus is probably having his best season as a big leaguer this year. He made the All-Star team while batting close to .300 and is on pace to steal around 30 bases again.
Batting at the top of the order, it is very important for Andrus to get on base so the players behind him can drive him in. He is doing a very good job of this.
As a young player, Elvis brings a lot of energy to the team while also playing like an old veteran.
Andrus’s defense can’t be overlooked either. With all the injuries in the Rangers’ rotation, it is more important than ever that Andrus and the other fielders play great defense to keep pressure off their pitching staff.
4: Michael Young
Michael Young’s value will always be more than the numbers he puts up on the field. As the leader of the clubhouse, Young sets the right example for the players next to him
He is batting in the middle of the lineup, and Young will be the first to admit that his success is important if the team wants to score runs.
His overall production might be down this season, but no one can ever question his mental makeup or his work ethic.
If anyone on the Rangers can turn things around and lead an offensive resurgence, it’s Michael.
3: Yu Darvish
It’s not a stretch to say that the Rangers have invested a lot in Yu Darvish. However, his value does not simply come from the big check the Rangers gave him.
His development is now on the fast track because of injuries to his teammates. Colby is lost for the season, Neftali Feliz is still on the DL, and Roy Oswalt’s back looks like its causing problems again.
Each injury increases the need for Darvish to perform like a top of the rotation player. The good news is that he is more than talented enough to prove that he belongs there
Yu has overpowering stuff, and it’s very valuable to have a player like that in the chase for the division title.
His issue all season has been the number of walks. When this problem is resolved, expect his value to climb even higher.
2: Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre has quietly been the Rangers’ most consistent hitter all season. He did not have the spectacular first two months that Josh Hamilton had, but he has still been an All-Star and a staple in the lineup this year.
Beltre is the exception to an offense that has struggled a lot over the last couple months.
The Rangers will need this production at the plate the rest of the season while they wait on others players to get things going again.
At third base, Beltre has been predictably solid. He is definitely a run saver and a pitcher’s best friend at the corner of the infield.
Fans can’t ask for much more than what Beltre has given the team so far this season.
1: Matt Harrison
Matt Harrison has been the Rangers’ most consistent pitcher all season. Twelve wins and an ERA just above 3 have established the lefty as an All-Star in the American League.
Similar to Derek Holland and Yu Darvish, injuries to the rotation are increasing Harrison’s value by the minute.
If the playoffs started right now, Harrison would have to be the Rangers’ starter in Game One. He has earned it.
Should the Rangers get help at the deadline, Harrison will still be a very important piece to their team goals.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!