Ibanez was added to the Rangers' 60-man player pool Sunday. Ibanez is primarily a second baseman but added third base and shortstop to his resume over the last two seasons in Triple-A. The 27-year-old Ibanez, who is not on the 40-man roster, provides emergency infield depth. He slashed .300/.375/.497 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI over 529 plate appearances for Triple-A Nashville in 2019.
Ibanez went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday. An oblique injury cost Ibanez most of spring training, but timing has not been an issue early on; Ibanez is 7-for-12 with a pair of doubles and zero strikeouts through three games. While Ibanez lacks the requisite power or speed to be an attractive dynasty piece, he has enough bat-to-ball ability to crack the big leagues, perhaps as soon as this summer.
Ibanez is expected to miss the rest of spring training with a strained right oblique, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. While he is far from a high-end prospect, Ibanez was roughly a league-average hitter (99 wRC+) over a full season at Triple-A last year, so he could get a few cups of coffee in the majors this season. It is possible he will open the year on the minor-league injured list.
Ibanez (finger) went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a career-high six RBI for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. Ibanez was making just his second appearance since being activated from the 7-day disabled list earlier this week following a six-week layoff due to a finger injury. The 24-year-old generally impressed during his debut season in the United States in 2016, though his numbers tumbled upon moving to the Texas League in the second half of the campaign. He'll need to find sustained success at Frisco before receiving a promotion to Triple-A Round Rock.