One week from today, the Texas Rangers will open the 2024 season at Globe Life Field against the Chicago Cubs. 

Most of the spots on the Rangers roster are very much solidified, but a few positions remain open as we get set to break camp later this week. 

Here is my official 2024 Texas Rangers Opening Day roster projection. 

Catcher (2) – Jonah Heim, Andrew Knizner

2023 saw Jonah Heim become the starting catcher for the AL All-Star team and win his first gold glove, all while hitting 18 home runs and driving in 95. Last season, Heim played in 131 of the Rangers’ 162 games and caught every single Rangers playoff game. 

The Rangers signed Andrew Knizner to replace Mitch Garver, who joined the Seattle Mariners, and the hope is that Knizer will be able to get behind the plate more frequently than Garver did during his time in Texas. In St Louis, Knizer long played backup to future hall-of-fame catcher Yadier Molina, so he’s more than fit to be the backup backstop in Texas. 

First Baseman (1) Jared Walsh

Nathaniel Lowe will start the 2024 season on the injured list with the right oblique strain, and for that reason, Jared Walsh will make the Opening Day Roster. Texas sounds like they want to have a platoon of Walsh and Ezequiel Duran at first base to start the season. 

Expect Walsh to get a majority of the at-bats until Lowe comes back. 

Second Baseman (1) Marcus Semien

Last season, Marcus Semien set the MLB record for plate appearances in a single season, and 2024 will be no different. If you’re going to a Rangers game, expect to see Marcus Semien in the lineup. 

Shortstop (1) Corey Seager 

Initially, Corey Seager’s status for Opening Day was up in the air after the 2023 World Series MVP was recovering from a Sports Hernia surgery he had back in January. As of now, it looks like Seager will be on track to play Opening Day after he took some live BP earlier this week and could get some game action in the coming days or when the Rangers face the Red Sox in two exhibition games at Globe Life Field early next week. 

Third Base (1) Josh Jung – Much like Seager, Josh Jung was also not on the field to begin the Spring after suffering a strained calf during a workout before big league camp opened. Fortunately, the Rangers seemed dodged a major injury, and Jung should be in the lineup on Opening Day after he DH’d in a minor league game earlier this week and could return to big league action soon. 

Outfielders (4) – Evan Carter, Leody Taveras, Adolis Garcia, Travis Jankowski

The Rangers will feature one of the best outfields in all of baseball in 2024, with Carter, Taveras, and Garcia all starting regularly. Texas will be trotting out three center fielders every night. As for the 4th outfielder, Travis Jankowski is the perfect veteran to be in that role, and we saw him step up multiple times last year, including in the World Series, where he stepped in for Adolis Garcia and had two RBI in Game Four.  

Designated Hitter (1) Wyatt Langford – 

The million-dollar question coming into Spring Training was how Wyatt Langford would perform and whether he would make the Opening Day roster. It is safe to say that Langford has answered both of those questions with his play this Spring. 

Langford is slashing .378/.442/.756 with 5 home runs and 17 RBI. Pretty safe to say that Wyatt Langford will be the Texas Rangers DH on Opening Day. 

Utility (2) – Ezequiel Duran, Matt Duffy

This might be the first surprise of these projections. Indeed, no one is shocked about Ezequiel Duran, but Matt Duffy is someone who not a lot of people think will make this team. 

Duffy, who is in his age 33 season, is a player who you can have sit on your bench and not worry about his lack of playing time. Someone like Josh Smith or Justin Foscue would struggle to get at-bats at the significant league level, but with those guys still being young and having minor league options, it makes sense to start them at AAA. 

Starting Pitchers (5) Nathan Eovaldi, Jon Gray, Dane Dunning, Andrew Heaney, Cody Bradford 

This was the starting rotation that most people imagined coming into the Spring, and It’s all but certain this is what it’s going to be coming out of camp. With four proven starters and Cody Bradford having pitched well in a short sample last season, you have to feel decent about where things are at.

When speaking to the media last week, Rangers GM Chris Young said, “I believe in them, and you should too.” 

Relief Pitchers (8) Jose Leclerc, Josh Sborz, Kerby Yates, David Robertson, Brock Burke, Grant Anderson, Marc Church, Jacob Latz 

The Rangers bullpen is looking a lot better than it did at this point last season. Leclerc, Sborz, and new additions Yates and Robertson will make up the back end. 

As for the rest, Brock Burke and Grant Anderson have both had good Springs and could be legitimate multi-inning options for Texas. The surprises of the mix are Marc Church and Jacob Latz; those two have had great Springs and could end up cracking this roster. 

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