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Rangers' Youth Shines In Series Opening Win



    Rangers' Youth Shines In Series Opening Win
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    ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 06: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers carries the cooler while A.J. Griffin #64, Ian Desmond #20, Nomar Mazara #30, Yu Darvish #11 and the team celebrate Rougned Odor hitting a double in the ninth inning for Adrian Beltre to make the winning run against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 6, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    Monday's series-opening win over the Houston Astros was just the latest example of where the Rangers' organization is headed. And here's a clue: It's a lot of good.

    Let's take a look at a few players, in particular:

    There's Nomar Mazara, the 21-year-old uber prospect who got his call to The Show a week into the year and hasn't looked back a bit in the past two months. In fact, his 4-for-4 night on Monday bumped his batting average up to a team-best .319. He also is tied for the team lead in home runs with Adrian Beltre (10) and has 27 RBIs.

    Then, there's 22-year-old second baseman Rougned Odor, who has already established himself as one of "the dudes" in the Rangers' clubhouse and on the field. He homered on Monday night and had the walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth. He's fourth among regulars with a .273 average and has eight homers with 28 RBIs.

    Oh, and there's Jurickson Profar. He's the guy that was called up to replace Odor for the duration of his seven-game suspension but did so well he forced his way into the lineup upon Odor's return. In fact, in his 10 games this year, the 23-year-old has 17 hits and has leadoff hits in seven of his 10 games, including Monday's night's leadoff triple before he gave the Rangers a first-inning lead.

    In case you had doubts about the Rangers' organization and even their big-league depth, these three kids have quelled any of those concerns. And it's been really fun to watch.