After having traded Ian Kinsler to the Tigers for Prince Fielder and seeing talented youngster Jurickson Profar shelved with a shoulder injury, the Rangers have gotten pretty terrible production out of second base. They'll now to turn to highly-touted prospect -- and bearer of one of baseball's best names -- Rougned Odor. The club announced the move Thursday afternoon along with a series of roster moves.
Odor is a 20-year-old Venezuelan who started the season in Double-A. He hit .279/.314/.450 with six homers, 17 RBI and six stolen bases in 32 games for Double-A Frisco. Last season, with his time split between High-A (100 games) and Double-A (30 games), he hit .305/.365/.474 with 41 doubles, 11 homers, 78 RBI and 32 stolen bases.
Odor entered the season as a top-40 prospect, per Baseball Prospectus, but he's only had 282 plate appearances above Class A and all of those came in Double-A. He's skipping Triple-A and is penciled into the Rangers lineup for Thursday night's game against the Rockies.
Still, the Rangers are scuffling and needed to mix it up. They've lost nine of their last 12 and have dropped to third place in the AL West. Rangers second basemen this season have hit .195/.265/.254, which, needless to say, is pathetic. So Odor will get his shot to help make things better.