Position of Power
The down side has been a seeming lack of production in three positions that generally produce high offensive numbers.
One way I like to look at offense sometimes is using Bill James’ “run created” statistic ((H+BB)*(TB)/(AB+BB)). It isn’t the absolute best statistic out there for measuring offense, but it’s relatively easy to calculate, especially when working with a limited set of statistics for a given query. Here are the AL league averages for each position in terms of runs created:
Of course, this is far from telling the entire story. For one, Leonys Martin is a rookie, and the DH position has mostly been rotated among regulars, allowing for another rookie to play three infield positions.
While the Rangers will certainly be willing to allow Leonys Martin to continue to grow into his position, they may have less patience towards their first baseman, left fielder, and designated hitter.
Cumulative Stats for 1B+LF+DH by Team
Now, compare the bottom of any team’s order versus their respective positions and you will likely create a similar result, but 27 RC under the league average at three positions generally occupied by run creators can be somewhat frustrating.
What can the Rangers do about it? Not much in the short term, at least until Nelson Cruz is available come playoff time. But in the long term, left field, first base and a designated hitter should be high on the priority list in terms of player acquisitions.