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    Ryan Rua #16 of the Texas Rangers (R) high fives batting coach Dave Magadan #14 after a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 21, 2014 in Anaheim, California. Rua hit a solo home run in the ninth inning that turned out to be the game-winning run. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    With the 2015 season on the horizon, it's time to start talking fantasy baseball drafts and where, if at all, you should target Rangers.

    Left field: Ryan Rua

    2014 stats: .295 batting average, .321 on-base percentage, .740 OPS, 7 doubles, 2 home runs, 14 RBIs, 18 strikeouts, 2 walks, 28 games

    Rua's audition last year was nothing more than a September call-up, but he showed well for himself in his month in the bigs, driving in 14 runs in 28 games after an impressive year in the minors before his call-up.

    There were many calls for the Rangers to go get a free agent to start in left field this winter, with Justin Upton being the hottest name on the candidate list, but the Rangers believe enough in Rua and fellow rookie Jake Smolinski to hold down the fort in left field.

    Rua has the power to hit 20 home runs in a full season and he's bulked up with about 20 pounds of extra muscle since last season. It could be an interesting year for Rua, and depending on your roster size he could be worth a late-round pick, though he's likely a better fit as a possible waiver wire target.