We continue our ranking of the top 10 Texas Rangers with a look at a veteran outfielder.
No. 8: Shin-Soo Choo
2014 stats: 123 games, 455 AB, 110 H, .242/.340/.374
2015 projected stats: 533 AB, .264/.369/.417, 2.2 WAR
AL West rank: It seems Choo is moving to right field, a position he's played before and is open to playing again. He might be the best right fielder in the division in 2015 if the move becomes permanent. The Los Angeles Angels' Kole Calhoun, who started 112 games in right in 2014, is probably the second-best at the position. Seattle's Seth Smith (41 games in right with San Diego last season), Oakland's Josh Reddick (104) and Houston's George Springer (70) are the division's other projected starters with right-field experience.
Outlook: Injuries to his elbow and ankle hampered Choo's 2014. He deserves credit for fighting through them, and he never made excuses. Choo did, however, say he should have gone on the disabled list earlier in the season to rest his ankle. The 32-year-old has batted leadoff more than any other spot throughout his 10-year career, but the Rangers most likely will move Leonys Martin atop the batting order given his success in the latter part of 2014. Choo could succeed at the sixth spot, where -- in a small sample size of 195 plate appearances -- he's .319/.415/.542. He's going to make contact and has good enough speed to get extra bases. He's a valuable member of this team and given how difficult his 2014 season was, there's an expectation of a bounce-back year for him.
Projections from Steamer Projections, via FanGraphs.