For much of this decade, the Texas Rangers infield was filled with many familiar faces such as Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Rougned Odor, and many more. 2022 signals the start of what the Rangers expect to be their star-studded infield for many years to come. With new blockbuster additions Corey Seager and Marcus Semien and returning players such as Nathanial Lowe and Isaiah Kiner -Falefa, the Rangers are set to have one of the best infields in baseball this season. 

 

Catcher – Jose Trevino, Jonah Heim – For the bulk of  2021 Jose Trevino and Jonah Heim spilt time behind the plate. The Rangers catching duo ranked 2 and 3 in runs extra strikes, and strike rate in all of Major League Baseball. With both of those guys returning the Rangers are set to feature 2 of the best defensive catchers in all of baseball. Baring a clear winner of the position in spring training we should expect to see the two spilt time to start 2022 as well. We know what Trevino and Heim bring behind the plate but the question of their bats remains. In 2021 the duo combined for just 16 home runs and 62 RBIs. With new hitting coach Tim Hyers and bench coach Donnie Ecker, we will see if the offensive production from the duo increases. 

 

1st Base – Nathaniel Lowe – In the 2020 offseason the Rangers acquired Nathaniel Lowe from the Rays in a 6 player trade. It is safe to say that Lowe performed well above expectations in his first full big-league season, hitting .264 with 18 home runs and 72 RBIs. Don’t expect Lowe to quite put up those numbers in 2022 but anything close I’m sure the Rangers will take. Baseball reference.com has Lowe’s 2022 projections at .257 with 17 home runs and 62 RBI’s, a slight decrease but numbers that will definitely be a really good campaign for someone like Lowe.

 

2nd Base – Marcus Semien – Coming off of the greatest offensive season by a 2nd baseman in MLB history Marcus Semien is now a Texas Ranger. The 31-year-old signed a 7 year $175 million dollar contract back in November. In his 1 year with the Blue Jays Semien hit .265 with 45 home runs and 102 RBIs while winning a gold glove at 2nd base. The Rangers hope Semien can bring that MVP level of play down south to Texas. It is pretty clear that Marcus Semien will be holding down 2nd base in Arlington for many years to come.

 

Shortstop – Corey Seager – Unless you live under a rock you know that Corey Seager is the new 325 million dollar man in Texas. Seager was the top shortstop in a market loaded with talent. Seager is one of the top players in all of baseball who will join the Rangers for the next decade. Just like Semien, Seager has an all-around game and is a true 5 tool player. There is absolutely no way that Corey Seager is not that starting shortstop in 2022

 

3rd Base – Isiah Kiner-Falefa – Now I know what you are thinking… what about Josh Jung? Jung is certainly the future at 3rd base for the Rangers but I don’t think he gets the start there right away. Now I do expect Jung to get time at 3rd in 2022 but to start the season I think it will be Izzy. Unless Jung wins the job in Spring Training by an overwhelming margin I think the Rangers will start him in Triple-A this year to get his feet wet for 20-30 games and let Kiner-Falefa who has the big-league experience and a gold glove at 3rd hold it down to start.  

Overall it will be interesting to see what the Rangers do in the infield this season. We will most certainly have to keep an eye on the situation at 3rd base with Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Josh Jung. With the new additions of superstars Marcus Semien and Corey Seager along with the 4 returning starters, the Rangers will feature the most improved infield group in all of Major League Baseball.

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