On Tuesday afternoon the Texas Rangers lost their final exhibition game of 2024 by a score of 4-1 at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.

Here are three very important and slightly overreactions to the Rangers final tune up of 2024. 

1. Wyatt Langford is going to be really really good – Not a lot went well for the Rangers on Tuesday but Wyatt Langford was most certainly one of them. In his first two at bats, Langford smoked two doubles each coming off the bat at more than 114 MPH. 

Langford also had a solid showing in left field including making a leaping catch up against the wall. His routes weren’t perfect by any means but overall it was a solid day in the field for the Rangers 2023 first round pick. 

On top of his two doubles, Langford also drew an impressive walk to put him on base for the third time in the game. Expect Langford to be in the lineup when the Rangers take on the Cubs on Thursday Night. 

2. Jared Walsh might knock in a solid amount of runs – Nothing is official yet but it’s looking like Jared Walsh will be on the Opening Day roster after the injury to Nathaniel Lowe. Walsh has had a solid Spring and continued that in the two exhibition games this week. 

Walsh knocked in the only Rangers run of the afternoon with his second two out RBI single in the last two days. To say that Walsh is back to his All Star form might be a stretch but Walsh very well could be a non roster invitee who ends up making a big impact on the big league club. 

Due to the Cubs starting lefty Justin Steele on Opening Night, don’t expect Walsh to get the start but there will be plenty of at bats for Walsh who will be platooning at first base with Ezequiel Duran until Nathaniel Lowe comes back. 

3. Jose Urena has reportedly made the Opening Day roster – During Wednesday’s game it was reported that Jose Urena was informed he has made the Opening Day roster. Though this report has not been confirmed it would certainly be an interesting development if it’s true.

This Spring Urena threw 16.1 innings with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Urena will give Bruce Bochy another multi inning bullpen option which is something that Texas lacked a lot of in 2023. 

Spring Training 2024 is officially in the books and the next time you see the Texas Rangers, it will be on Opening Night as Texas takes on the Chicago Cubs to open the season in their first official game as defending champions. 

 

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