It is always said not to put too much stock in Spring Training games, but Wyatt Langford doesn’t seem to follow that philosophy. In 17 at-bats, Langford has 5 runs on 6 hits (3 home runs). His slash line is .353/.450/.882/1.332.

He is making his case to be a part of the Rangers’ opening day roster. Ben and CJ (on the Ranger Report Podcast) have been strong with the opinion that he won’t make the team out of Spring Training.

They may be wrong. There is still almost a month to go before the World Series Champion Rangers break camp. Many experts think Langford will break camp with them.

I was curious about what fans thought, so I ran a poll on X (formerly Twitter) and simply asked if he would make the roster or not. 73% of you think he will be on the Big League club at the end of the spring.

As I write this article today, I still believe that Langford will not be on the opening day roster, but my conviction is waning. The more I watch him play and hear coaches talk about him, the more I think he has a great chance to make the club.

The Pro’s

Wyatt Langford is raking and has since joining the Rangers organization after the 2o23 MLB Draft. In 161 professional at-bats, he has 10 homers, 30 RBI, and a 1.157 OPS (on-base plus slugging).

The proponents will say he doesn’t have enough professional at bats, but he has done well in those at bats. I always think back to the Rangers’ handling of Josh Jung a few years back when everyone was clamoring for him to be called up.

They left him at Round Rock to work through a slump to see how he handled it. Langford has not had a professional slump yet.

He has proven that he can hit at all levels, and he proved it rather quickly.

He is also a great fielder. Langford has not made an error yet in 63 chances.

The Con’s

Langford has 30 total games under his belt professionally. That is not a very large sample size, even if it is a good sample.

With the outfield including Adolis Garcia, Leody Taveras, Even Carter, Travis Jankowski, and Ezequiel Duran, there is not a lot of at-bats available for Langford.

Designated hitter could be an option, but I don’t think the Rangers want to relegate their star rookie to DH duty. He needs to be playing in the field pretty much every day, which at the moment looks like it won’t happen in the Majors.

In conclusion, my resolve that he will not make this team is waning, but I still believe it (as of today). If the Rangers prove me wrong on Wyatt Langford, I will neither be shocked or sad.

That would mean he is ready to contribute to a big league club that is coming off a World Series Championship. And that would never be a bad thing.

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