NEW YORK Over his first nine games at Triple A Round Rock, Rougned Odor looked like the Texas Rangers were expecting he would this season.
He had three homers, four doubles and a .688 slugging percentage entering Saturday, and the defense was getting better, too. Odor was also getting his swagger back, a key component to what had fueled his rapid rise to the majors.
But he shouldn’t be sitting by his phone waiting for the Rangers to call him back up. He needs to be more consistent, and it’s not like Tommy Fields has been a liability.
Far from it.
Field delivered a key two-run double Friday night in a 10-9 win, and he has made just about every play defensively since he was promoted May 11 to replace Odor.
Field has made second bases less of a liability.
“He’s been stable in a spot that we needed someone to step in and play well,” manager Jeff Banister said. “Tommy was playing every day, so he had the rhythm of the game.”
Field knows that he isn’t a power hitter, despite two homers in his first 10 games. He knows he doesn’t need to try to do too more than he is capable of doing, at the plate or in the field.
“I can make the routine play and not be a liability,” he said. “I’m not trying to do too much.”
Odor will be back in the majors at some point, but the Rangers are waiting until he is playing more cleanly in the field, controlling the strike zone more consistently and playing with edge.
“He needs to get back to being that guy,” Banister said. “He needs to focus on being a minor-league player that’s trying to get back to the major leagues.”
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760