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Infield Prospects Sent Down In Arizona

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    Rougned Odor, 2014 Texas Rangers

    The Texas Rangers have been loaded up with middle infield prospects for years now. Go back to the days of Elvis Andrus, then, of course, Jurickson Profar, and there's a pretty nice pipeline that's developed in the Rangers' farm system. Now, with Profar as the team's everyday second baseman, the Rangers have two more stud middle infield prospects climbing the ranks.

    Rougned Odor and Luis Sardinas both had nice showings with the big club in spring training this month before being sent to minor-league camp on Wednesday. It wasn't a surprising move, as the two need more regular playing time than they were going to get from this point forward with the season approaching in just more than two weeks.

    “They don’t need to be playing an inning here, getting an at-bat there,” manager Ron Washington told reporters in Arizona. “We’ll see them again, because both of them can play.”

    Both 20-year-old Venezuelans are expected to start the season in Double-A Frisco, but Washington said if there was an injury or an issue that arises during the season, both players could be in the discussion to be called up to Arlington.

    Odor had 15 at-bats with the Rangers this spring, hitting .267 and scoring three runs. Sardinas also had 15 at-bats, and you guessed it, also hit .267 with five runs scored and a double.