ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Jim Adduci #35 of the Texas Rangers singles against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 15, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Two big reasons for the Texas Rangers' offensive woes throughout the season have been the disappointing seasons for first baseman Mitch Moreland and left fielder David Murphy.
Both players started the year as regulars, and Murphy, especially, has turned into a platoon player, at best, and more effectively as a bench bat without much effectiveness.
Career minor-leaguer Jim Adduci has made a case to get more playing time in place of those two, and got the start at first base on Sunday despite being a left-handed hitter and going against A's lefty Tommy Milone. Adduci got three hits on the day and his first career stolen base.
"He decided to leave me in, and I was able to get a few [hits] to fall in," Adduci told ESPNDallas.com.
Adduci is no hot rookie prospect getting his time to play in September. He's a 28-year-old rookie, who's now hitting .412 in 11 games (17 at-bats). Mitch Moreland is not going to lose much time, but David Murphy should be served notice, between Adduci and Jeff Baker, his time as a regular outfielder could be coming to a close.