With Delino DeShields landing on the DL with a hamstring injury, the Rangers had to recall someone to take his roster spot and the guy they called upon was 21-year old Rougned Odor. If the name sounds familiar, then you may be confusing him with the 17-year old Rougned Odor that the Rangers signed to a contract this past off-season. It sounds completely whacky only because it is. These two individuals both of the same name, Rougned Odor, are actually brothers. It is an extremely odd situation and even crazier that they are both within the same organization. I really hope that some day they form a double play combination up the middle for the Rangers — that would be amusement at its finest (it doesn’t take much to amuse me).
Anyway, for real this time. If the name Rougned Odor sounds familiar, it is because he came onto the scene last year and made a little noise as a 20-year old middle infielder with a .259 AVG, 9 HR, 48 RBI, 39 R, and 4 SB in 114 games with the Rangers. And then he was expected to build on that performance this season in what was supposed to be his first full year in the Majors. Odor began the season as the team’s starting second baseman, but with a triple slash of .144/.252/.233 after 29 games played, the Rangers got a huge whiff of Odor and it was not very pleasant on the olfactory senses. So they sent him back to AAA to figure things out.
At AAA, Odor was a whole new hitter as he compiled a line of .352/.426/.639 with 5 HR, 19 RBI, 26 R, and 3 SB in 30 games. And in addition, he even bumped up his walk rate to 9.7% and his strikeout rate was exceptional at 8.1%. Though a small sample size, that type of strikeout rate was much better than his career 15.0% rate in the Minors, and light years ahead of the 24.3% rate that he had in his 29 game stint with the Rangers earlier this year. So he clearly took being demoted seriously and really worked on improving upon some things that needed attention, which is now needing our attention.
Odor presumably will take over as the Rangers starting second baseman from this point forward, and it will be his job to lose once again, but with the adjustments he seemingly has made, I don’t think that he will be losing the job this time around. Odor was slotted 6th in the order on Monday and he responded by going 3 for 3 with 2 RBI to keep his hot hitting going. Odor is definitely a talented hitter with the capability to post a 15 HR/30 SB type of year over the course of a full season in the future. And given that he is slotted at a shallow second base position, the type of production that he is capable of is a valuable commodity. I definitely recommend him as a pickup in all formats.
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