Final Regular-Season Grades for Every Texas Rangers Player
With the Texas Rangers' season officially finished, it's time to hand out player grades for the 2013 season. Despite falling short of the postseason, several Rangers still had phenomenal seasons.
Yu Darvish made the most of his second season in the majors, while Adrian Beltre continued to show he is one of the best third baseman in the league.
Here are the final regular-season grades for every player on the Rangers' roster.
*All stats and info courtesy of MLB.com, BaseballReference.com, DallasNews.com and ESPN.com.
First Baseman Mitch Moreland
2013 Stats: .232/.299/.736, 24 RBI, 1 3B, 23 HR, 60 RBI, 44 BB, 117 SO
Mitch Moreland's season was certainly a tale of two halves. Moreland started off the season posting a .266 average with 13 homers and 37 RBI, but he lost his groove in the second half.
Following the All-Star break, Moreland saw his average drop to .183, and he hit just 10 homers while driving in 23 runs. While he was a key part to the Rangers' success early on, he also played a role in the team's September collapse.
Moreland appeared in 27 games for the Rangers in September, going 14-for-79 at the plate. His .177 average last month was pathetic, to say the least, and his three home runs and five RBI didn't help much either.
New career highs in doubles, homers and RBI are all reasons to be optimistic about Moreland's season in 2014. But his second-half collapse creates some concern. A lifetime .253 hitter, Moreland hit .275 just a season ago, so he could bounce back from this year's performance.
Look to see how he performs early on next season to get an idea of which side we could see in 2014.
Final Grade: C
Second Baseman Ian Kinsler
2013 Stats: .277/.344/.757, 31 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR, 72 RBI, 15 SB, 51 BB, 59 SO
After hitting .256 in 2012, Ian Kinsler came back in 2013 to post a batting average of .277—his best since 2010. Kinsler has been one of the best players for the Rangers for the majority of his career, so this season's performance wasn't much of a surprise.
While he did spend a brief part of the season on the disabled list, Kinsler still managed to appear in 136 games and contributed mightily to the team's success. He was third on the team with 72 RBI and fifth on the team with 13 home runs.
Third Baseman Adrian Beltre
2013 Stats: .317/.371/.880, 32 2B, 30 HR, 92 RBI, 50 BB, 78 SO
No player on the Rangers offense was more valuable than Adrian Beltre in 2013. The veteran third baseman led the team in batting average, homers and RBI, continuing to show why he is one of the best players in the league at his position.
Defensively, Beltre was still a solid option at third, but his .959 fielding percentage matched the league average for third baseman. Due to his average fielding percentage, Beltre likely won't win another Gold Glove like he did in 2012, but he's still very reliable defensively.
Beltre's success this season earns him the highest grade for any offensive player on Texas' roster this season.
Final Grade: A+
Shortstop Elvis Andrus
2013 Stats: .271/.328/.658, 17 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 67 RBI, 42 SB, 52 BB, 97 SO
Similar to Mitch Moreland, Elvis Andrus' season was a tale of two halves, only in reverse order.
Through the first half of the season, Andrus struggled mightily to the tune of a .242 average with no home runs and 31 RBI while stealing 19 bases. Given his early struggles, he didn't look much like a player worthy of an eight-year, $120 million contract extension. But that all changed after the All-Star break.
Following the All-Star break, Andrus turned on the proverbial switch and started playing like the player Texas was looking for most of the season. Andrus hit .313, stole 23 bases, had four homers and drove in 36 RBI.
Andrus' reemergence in the second half was a welcome sight for the Rangers this season. But it wasn't enough to get them into the playoffs.
Despite the team missing the postseason, Andrus salvaged his season and deserves a respectable grade for his efforts and overall production in 2013.
Final Grade: B+
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski
2013 Stats: .272/.297/.722, 24 2B, 1 3B, 17 HR, 70 RBI, 11 BB, 76 SO
A.J. Pierzynski signed a one-year deal worth $7.5 million, and the return couldn't have been any better for the Rangers. Pierzynski hit .272 on the season for Texas—the sixth highest average for any player on the team—and his 70 RBI were good for the fourth-highest total on the team.
He also threw out 33 percent of the runners who attempted to steal on him, seven points higher than the league average of 26.
It doesn't matter if you want to talk about Pierzynski's offensive stats or defensive stats, both were very impressive for a 36-year-old catcher. He'll be a free agent heading into 2014, but Texas would be foolish to not bring him back for another season.
Final Grade: B
Left Fielder David Murphy
2013 Stats: .220/.282/.656, 26 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR, 45 RBI, 37 BB, 59 SO
David Murphy could very well be on the way out of Texas following his 2013 season. For a guy playing on a contract year, Murphy posted one of his worst statistical seasons to date. His .220 average was well below his lifetime average of .275, and he only drove in 45 RBI, one year after he drove in 61.
His case to remain with Texas doesn't improve when you consider that the Rangers acquired Alex Rios in August. The team may consider bringing him back should it not re-sign Nelson Cruz this offseason, but nothing is guaranteed as of right now.
We'll wait to see what Texas chooses to do with Murphy in 2014, but his chances of returning appear slim right now.
Final Grade: D+
Center Fielder Leonys Martin
2013 Stats: .260/.313/.698, 21 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 49 RBI, 36 SB, 28 BB, 104 SO
Leonys Martin was one of the best young players on the Rangers this season. The electrifying center fielder was a catalyst on the basepaths and recorded 35 extra-base hits last season.
He was fourth on the team with 66 runs scored and trailed only Elvis Andrus in stolen bases with 36. He may not have the most pop in his bat, but that doesn't diminish his value.
Martin was third in the league among center fielders with outfield assists. He managed to throw out 11 baserunners in 2013 and also posted a .985 fielding percentage, right on par with the league average.
Martin did a nice job for the Rangers in his first full season and should only build on his production in 2014.
Final Grade: B-
Right Fielder Alex Rios
2013 Stats w/ Rangers: .280/.315/.772, 11 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 16 SB, 9 BB, 30 SO
Alex Rios really came through for Texas after the team traded for him this past August. He managed to hit .280 for the team in 47 games and stole an impressive 16 bases.
Rios did a nice job replacing the suspended Nelson Cruz in right field, and he may be the long-term replacement for him in 2014 should the Rangers opt to let Cruz go in free agency.
Texas is tied to Rios for at least one more season, with a team option to bring him back in 2015. He certainly proved his worth to the team in the brief time he spent with the team and could really help Texas in 2014.
Final Grade: B+
Designated Hitter Nelson Cruz
2013 Stats: .266/.327/.833, 18 2B, 27 HR, 76 RBI, 35 BB, 109 SO
Nelson Cruz was second on the team in homers and RBI. But he was unable to help the team in its September collapse due to his suspension.
The fact that Cruz finished second on the team in homers and RBI speaks volumes to the kind of season he could have had. He likely would have finished with around 40 homers and almost 100 RBI had he played the full season, but we'll never know.
Cruz is eligible for free agency now and could be on his way out of Texas. There's no telling what kind of money he will ask for as a free agent, but he won't come cheap.
Bringing Cruz back would be a great move for Texas if the team can get him at the right price.
Final Grade: A-
Starting Pitcher Yu Darvish
2013 Stats: 32 GS, 13-9, 2.83 ERA, 80 BB, 277 SO, .194 avg.
If you're looking for the best pitcher on the Rangers in 2013, look no further than staff ace Yu Darvish.
Darvish was phenomenal in 2013 and was on pace to record a 300 strikeout season early on.
While he didn't reach the 300-strikeout mark, he did post some stellar performances. He struck out 10 or more batters in 12 of his 32 games this season and gave up three or fewer runs in 26 of his starts.
Darvish should definitely be considered a favorite to win the American League Cy Young award after this year's performance. It's disappointing, though, is that he won't have a shot to showcase his talents in the postseason this year.
Final Grade: A
Starting Pitcher Matt Garza
2013 Stats w/ Rangers: 13 GS, 4-5, 4.38 ERA, 22 BB, 74 SO, .271 avg.
The Rangers made a move for Matt Garza in July and gave up a lot for him. Unfortunately, Garza was a huge disappointment for Texas in 2013, and the trade looks pretty bad right now, as he is a free agent heading into 2014.
Garza made 13 appearances for the Rangers after they acquired him, winning just four games while posting an ERA of 4.38. Those results weren't Texas was looking for when it traded four players for Garza's services.
He was unable to help Texas get to the playoffs, unable to post a winning record and unable to live up to expectations. Texas has several starters who are capable of replacing Garza should the Rangers let him go. Don't be surprised if his time with the team is short lived—he did little to prove he is worth a big contract heading into 2014.
Final Grade: C
Starting Pitcher Derek Holland
2013 Stats: 33 GS, 10-9, 3.42 ERA, 64 BB, 189 SO, .259 avg.
Derek Holland made for another serviceable arm in Texas' starting rotation this season, posting good numbers across the board.
His win total was a bit low for a guy who had an ERA of 3.42, but that's likely due to Texas' inability to get him runs. Of the 33 games Holland appeared in, the Rangers went 20-13, but they couldn't post enough runs to put him in a position to win before getting pulled out of the game.
He probably could have had 15 wins had Texas given him better run support throughout the season, but he'll have to wait until next season to up his win total.
Final Grade: B
Starting Pitcher Martin Perez
2013 Stats: 20 GS, 10-6, 3.62 ERA, 37 BB, 84 SO, .267 avg.
Martin Perez was a pleasant surprise for the Rangers in 2013 after their pitching rotation took some hits early in the season with injuries. With pitchers Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis out, Perez stepped into the rotation in May, solidifying his spot in June.
His 3.62 ERA will hopefully be improved on with more experience, but it was a nice start for the 22-year-old lefty. He doesn't strikeout many batters, but he pitches well enough to contact to win games.
His most impressive month came in August when he posted a perfect 5-0 record, holding hitters to a .223 average while posting a 3.06 ERA.
Perez is a virtual lock to be in the Rangers starting rotation next season, and he should build on this year's performance.
Final Grade: B+
Starting Pitcher Alexi Ogando
2013 Stats: 23 G, 18 GS, 7-4, 3.11 ERA, 41 BB, 70 SO, .231 avg.
Alexi Ogando spent a good part of the season on the disabled list, but he was more than effective for Texas when healthy.
Ogando went 7-4 for the Rangers this year, and he held hitters to a solid .231 average. His best month of the season was September, when he went 2-0, making three starts and eight appearances. During that span Ogando posted a 1.88 ERA and held hitters to a .190 batting average.
His recent injuries are a cause for concern heading into 2014, but he's a guy Texas needs in the rotation.
Final Grade: B
Closing Pitcher Joe Nathan
2013 Stats: 67 G, 6-2, 46 SVO, 43 SV, 1.39 ERA, 22 BB, 73 SO, .162 avg.
Joe Nathan spent another season shutting the door on opponents in the ninth inning for the Rangers in 2013. To put it simply, he dominated hitters this year and remains one of the top closers in the league.
Nathan converted on 43 of his 46 save opportunities and held opposing hitters to a .162 average. The Rangers have him under contract for one more year should they choose to pick up his 2014 team option. Texas would owe him $9 million next season should it choose to bring him back, but the investment would be well worth the cost.
Final Grade: A+
Here are the stats and grades for any pitcher who made a minimum of 15 appearances for Texas in 2013:
Tanner Scheppers (A): 76 G, 6-2, 1.88 ERA, 24 BB, 59 SO, .214 avg.
Robbie Ross (B): 65 G, 4-2, 3.03 ERA, 19 BB, 58 SO, .259 avg.
Jason Frasor (A-): 61 G, 4-3, 2.57 ERA, 20 BB, 48 SO, .203 avg.
Neal Cotts (A+): 58 G, 8-3, 1.11 ERA, 18 BB, 65 SO, .180 avg.
Joseph Ortiz (C-): 32 G, 2-2, 4.23 ERA, 10 BB, 27 SO, .269 avg.
Joakim Soria (C+): 26 G, 1-0, 3.80 ERA, 14 BB, 28 SO, .212 avg.
Michael Kirkman (F): 25 G, 0-2, 8.18 ERA, 15 BB, 25 SO, .364 avg.
Ross Wolf (C-): 22 G, 1-3, 4.15 ERA, 15 BB, 21 SO, .307 avg.
Nick Tepesch (D+): 19 G, 17 GS, 4-6, 4.84 ERA, 27 BB, 76 SO, .272 avg.
Here are the stats and grades of every position player who made a minimum of 100 plate appearances for Texas in 2013:
Jurickson Profar (D+): .234/.308/.644, 11 2B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 63 SO
Lance Berkman (C): .242/.340/.700, 10 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 52 SO
Craig Gentry (B+): .280/.373/.759, 12 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 24 SB, 46 SO
Geovanny Soto (C-): .245/.328/.794, 9 2B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 60 SO
Jeff Baker (B-): .279/.360/.905, 8 2B, 11 HR, 21 RBI, 48 SO
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