We continue our ranking of the top 10 Texas Rangers with a look at a veteran infielder.
No. 4 Elvis Andrus
2014 Stats: 157 games, 619 AB, 163 H, .263/.314/.333
2015 Projected stats: 599 AB, .269/.327/.345, 2.9 WAR
AL West rank: Andrus is coming off a down season, yet might be the best at his position within the division. The Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar was productive (156 games, 164 hits) and Jed Lowrie, who is moving from Oakland to Houston, had a .974 fielding percentage last season. Marcus Semien replaces Lowrie in Oakland and Brad Miller (3.85 Range factor per game) is Seattle’s second baseman.
Outlook: Andrus just didn’t play up to expectations last season. He wasn’t in the best of shape and he had to make adjustments to a new second baseman, Rougned Odor, and cover more ground in the outfield due to the ankle injuries by Shin-Soo Choo. Andrus said he didn’t have a good season and promised to enter 2015 better. In the early stages of the offseason, Andrus said he lost 15 pounds and started his offseason throwing program, something he didn’t do last season. The Rangers fielded calls about trading Andrus and elected to keep him, focusing on a bounce-back season for him. It should happen, given the early results of the offseason.
Projections from Steamer Projections, via Fan Graphs.