Compared to the past three seasons, 2013 was a down year for the Texas Rangers lineup.
With the exception of Adrian Beltre, the rest of the lineup did not live up to expectations. Elvis Andrus struggled throughout the first half, David Murphy couldn’t get a hit and Mitch Moreland went deep or nothing at all.
And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Nelson Cruz was hit with a 50-game suspension while on pace to break his career high in homers (33). Leonys Martin was given the opportunity to be a full-time center fielder but just couldn’t find a rhythm at the plate and swung out of his shoes at every pitch. Then of course, Lance Berkman couldn’t stay healthy and Jurickson Profar never got a full-time opportunity to prove his potential.
Texas started the offseason off with a bang after landing Prince Fielder from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Ian Kinsler. Other moves will most certainly happen considering the team has been involved with nearly every big free-agent name out there.
With a few exceptions, the batting order is up for grabs come next season. New and old faces are sure to come to Arlington, and spring training will help answer questions, as well.
But if the 2014 season were to start tomorrow, with the Rangers only making one big splash with Fielder, how would the lineup shake up? What would Rangers fans expect of the hitters in 2014?
Here are the early predictions and potential lineup for the Rangers in the upcoming season.
All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com and MLB.com.