Last year the Rangers felt an added pressure with the losses of Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli. Former Rangers left fielder and current Cleveland Indians outfielder David Murphy spoke about the pressure, per the Associated Press in a November 2013 article in The Dallas Morning News:
I saw that we lost Josh, that we lost Michael Young, that we lost Mike Napoli. I put a little bit more pressure on myself to step into a bigger role and play a bigger part in the offense. I tried to re-create my own identity instead of being the same guy I’d always been in the past.
Going forward, general manager Jon Daniels appears to be eliminating the pressure created by the loss of star players by adding other stars in Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo. Murphy is with a new team now, but others who played with Hamilton, Young and Napoli will be featured with the Rangers in 2014.
That includes Adrian Beltre. The Rangers' third baseman has played with and without the trio and saw his numbers drop just a little in 2013. Beltre's RBI from 2012 to 2013 went from 102 to 92, but many other statistics were near the same despite a nagging hamstring injury. It's safe to say that Beltre doesn't feel pressure.
However, the man who could potentially hit in front of Beltre, Fielder, might be feeling some heat if he doesn't perform under the Texas sun. He was a huge acquisition for the team, per B/R's Zachary Krueger, and Fielder is potentially the bat that the Rangers lacked before missing the playoffs in 2013.
Let's take a look at the list of Rangers who will be under the most pressure to perform in the 2014 MLB season.