The Texas Rangers got burned on the early promotion of second baseman Rougned Odor, but it does not mean he’s finished and will never to return to Arlington unless he has a ticket for $1 hot dog night.
On Monday, the Rangers demoted the second-year player to Triple A. The Rangers had no choice in this demotion. In a lineup that has not hit, no one was not hitting any better than Odor. He was batting .144 with one home run and 9 RBI in 29 games for the Rangers this season.
What happened to Odor happens to a lot of players. MLB adjusted to Odor, and he has yet to make the adjustments to their adjustments.
He is 21, and the Rangers should never have promoted him last season out of Double A.
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Last year, I was convinced that in the boat wreck that was 2014 Texas Rangers season, Odor was the best part. He ate it, but gained enough experience it would pay off. He batted .259 with nine home runs and 47 RBI with 14 doubles and seven triples. Odor is impatient and a hacker at the plate, but he’s not a bum.
I likened Odor in 2014 to Michael Young in 2001 – the team was terrible, but a young guy gained experience and it would pay dividends. Young developed into one of the best players in team history.
And the best player in the history of the Texas Rangers (yes, I am a total homer for Michael Young) insists Odor will return.
“I believe in this kid. He’s going to be an impact big leaguer,” Michael Young told me exclusively via text message, because that doesn’t impressive enough. “Just needs a little more time. He never played in AAA. Mater of fact, he didn’t even play half a season of AA. He’s still so young. Give him time and you’ll have a championship type second baseman.”
I told Young that I thought Odor’s beginning mirrored Young’s, with the exception of this obvious detour to Triple A Round Rock. Young took off after his rookie year whereas Odor regressed.
“When I was his age,” Young said, “I was in A ball.”
The question for Odor now is whether he can adjust to the adjustments that MLB pitchers, and defenses, made on him. He is only 21, and he should never have been promoted so quickly. It does not mean he’s done.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7760