A Bench Built To Weather The Storm
Garcia was a surprise out of Spring Training. Many thought the utility infielder job would go to Jurickson Profar, but Garcia won out and has been perfect in his role as a utility player. His hitting warrants his utility status (.214/.233/.262), but his defense is just as good as his counterparts Kinsler and Andrus thus far. He will stay the utility guy in 2013, mostly because he fits the mold and Jurickson Profar has a hitting tool that is best used in a fulltime situation. Now, all that being said, it’s time for Ian Kinsler to come back and keep up his great season.
I hesitate to mention Soto and Gentry because their situations and positions require much more play than the usual bench player would warrant. A small kudos to Soto for filling in and having a small hot streak during Pierzynski’s DL stint these past couple of weeks.
This is probably the best bench the Rangers have had in the last few seasons. It’s refreshing to see Baker and Garcia step up in their various ways and help the team this season. Looking forward to the potential of October, the bench will be a better, much needed weapon and will better equip the Rangers for going the distance over 162+.