ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan got a chance to spend some time in the cages with some of his hitters this week. He's looked at film and talked to players by phone, but that's not the same thing as getting with them in person.
On Wednesday, he got to do that with some of the top younger players in the system that are pushing for big league spots, like Engel Beltre, Leonys Martin and Jurickson Profar.
"It's a chance for me to develop a relationship with them so when spring training comes around we’ll hit the ground running and you don’t really have to establish that at that point," Magadan said. "We're all excited. We're not looking for guys to do anything more than what they’re capable of
doing. If guys go out there and stay within themselves and do what they’ve done in the past, we’re going to be alright.
"There are going to be some opportunities for young players to win spots on the team, so in that regard, spring training is going to be real important to them."
Magadan has found a place to live for him and his family and he's clearly excited about the chance to help the Rangers hitters.
"There’s nothing like being with these guys, working with them, talking to them, seeing them, Ian (Kinsler), (Craig) Gentry, (Brandon) Snyder, those
guys," Magadan said. "Getting over that hump of meeting these guys, you get a little spoiled because I was in Boston for a six years. I had relationships with those guys, and something I didn’t even have to think about other than the new guys who would filter in every year."
Magadan went to the Dominican Republic earlier this offseason and got to work with some of the players there, so he will get to spring training with a much better idea of the swings of the players he's working with and will continue to learn what makes them tick and how best to help and motivate them.