Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections are a good measure of what to expect from players in the upcoming baseball season. We'll take a look at the Rangers' projections on a position-by-position basis. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Today we'll look at the projections for the Rangers at catcher, which figures to be Robinson Chirinos, who took the position by storm last year and went from a third option to the starter in a matter of weeks while making great strides defensively.
Chirinos: 360 plate appearances, 15 doubles, 10 home runs, 35 RBIs, .234 batting average, .296 on-base percentage, .372 slugging percentage
Look, no one is looking to Chirinos for offense. He's on the team and has the starting job because of his defense, which was drastically improved last season. He especially excelled at throwing out would-be base stealers (40 percent) and handled the Rangers staff nicely.
To get 10 homers from him — he did hit 13 last season in 338 plate appearances — would only be a nice bonus.