With Joey Gallo (groin) trending towards being ready for the start of the season, Granite will open the season in the minors. The 26-year-old, who hit .240/.269/.360 with five stolen bases in 12 games this spring, should be one of the first players called upon should an opening arise in Texas' outfield.
Granite is 6-for-15 and perfect on four stolen-base attempts since being acquired from the Twins, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
The 26-year-old outfielder is still in camp and provides insurance until the Rangers get a read on Joey Gallo (groin), who is expected to take at-bats in a minor-league game Friday. Granite plays plus defense and, assuming Gallo doesn't need a stint on the injured list. is expected to open the year at Triple-A Nashville.
Granite was designated for assignment when the Twins signed Marwin Gonzalez, and the Rangers opted to acquire him via trade rather than risk the waiver claim. The 26-year-old made his MLB debut in 2018 and slashed .237/.321/.290 in 107 plate appearances, and should have an outside chance to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster with Texas.
Granite's removal from the 40-man roster opens up a spot for utility man Marwin Gonzalez, whose two-year contract with the Twins was officially announced. The 26-year-old Granite was never able to earn much of an extended look in a crowded Minnesota outfield, but his elite speed, solid defense and excellent plate discipline could prompt many teams to put in a waiver claim.
Granite started in center field and went 0-for-2 in Sunday's spring training loss to Boston. Granite had a placenta tissue injection to help repair a torn rotator cuff which ended his 2018 season in July, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Granite appeared on the cusp of carving out a reserve or platoon role in the majors last spring but failed to make the 25-man roster. He then missed most of the Triple-A season with the shoulder injury. At age 26, he may have missed his window to win a regular major-league role with the Twins. He'll compete for a reserve spot this spring but will likely return to Triple-A to serve as organizational depth.
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|2014||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||21||79||9||23||2||2||0||2||4||8||1||4||.321||.367||.291|
|2015||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||19||67||17||24||5||1||0||5||12||6||7||1||.463||.463||.358|
|2015||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||105||381||59||95||10||4||1||26||41||63||21||12||.328||.304||.249|
|2017||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||71||284||46||96||16||4||5||29||24||34||15||6||.392||.475||.338|
|2017||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||5||19||2||7||1||1||0||1||2||2||3||0||.429||.526||.368|