How Rougned Odor can become MLB’s most dangerous second baseman

He also had 70 extra base hits, tying Ian Kinsler (2009) for the most ever by a Rangers second baseman. And if you look over the longer stretch, since his return from the minors in June, 2015, he’s hit the ball on par with two of the American League’s best young players: Houston’s Carlos Correa and Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor. Odor’s .821 OPS in that time sits squarely in the middle between Correa (.830) and Lindor (.810). When it comes to pure hitting ability and hitting for power, Odor belongs right in the conversation with Correa and Lindor.

Profar made his comeback after missing two years with shoulder injuries to replace Odor while he served his suspension for decking Bautista. He went on to demonstrate his ability to be a Super Utility player, by starting at every infield position and left field. Alberto is also capable of playing all the infield positions and fits well as a sure handed, but rarely used backup.

He too often went to the plate swinging even before settling into the batters box, getting behind in the count and then chasing something at his eyes. He was one of 22 AL players to face at least 130 0 2 counts and put together a .392 OPS when the count reached that point. It ranked 20th among those 22. He must find a better way to defend himself when the count is so leveraged against him or find a way to stop getting in so many lopsided counts. As a result Odor became only the second player to ever hit at least 30 homers in a season and walk less than 20 times, joining Andres Galarraga.

Profar may want to consider batting only left handed. He hit .197 with a .250 OBP and just one extra base hit in 76 plate appearances while hitting right handed vs. lefties. In 190 career plate appearances from the right side, he’s a .188 hitter with a .496 OPS. You lose the advantage of having that extra right handed bat in the lineup if the right handed hitter is ineffective.

What’s on the farm

The Rangers have always stockpiled middle infielders under Jon Daniels and they remain deep there. The top true second baseman is Andy Ibanez, a 23 year old from Cuba, who made his US debut this season and tore up the South Atlantic league before getting a mid season promotion to Frisco. He can play out of control at times on defense, but has the ability to be an above average defender.

There are plenty of other middle infielders in the system, but most are spending a majority of time at short or other positions to improve their versatility.

What’s on the marketTeams are going to ask about Odor. He’s 22 and a rising star. And he cheap baseball jerseys from china
or outfielder Nomar Mazara might be the only players who could front a deal for an upper tier starting pitcher. That combined with Odor’s resistance (to this point) from doing a long term deal might be the only thing that would make the Rangers consider moving him.

Even in that unlikely scenario, it would seem the Rangers would turn the position over to Profar rather than pursue a trade or free agent.

2017 Outlook

Odor works extremely hard. He may never become a Gold Glove second baseman, but he can become adequate.

If he can find a bit more discipline at the plate and a bit more consistency in the field, he could be heir to Robinson Cano as the game’s most dangerous second baseman.


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