2015 Rangers Positional Review: Second Base

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With the Rangers' surprising season in the books, let's take a look at the season on a position-by-position basis.

2015 second basemen
The guy: Rougned Odor
The kid: Hanser Alberto
The forgotten ones: Adam Rosales, Tommy Field

The 2015 season was one of ups and downs for Rangers second-year second baseman Rougned Odor — very high ups and very low lows, as a matter of fact.

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Odor was one of the few bright spots of the 2014 season and made fans start to forget about injured star prospect Jurickson Profar. After Odor's 2015 season, Profar, 22, is basically an afterthought as he plugs away in Arizona Fall League play trying to get back to relevance after missing the past two years with injury.

Odor is still just 21 and appears to have locked up the starting second base job in Texas for quite some time with a fantastic 2015 campaign when you throw out his first month, which was just horrible. On May 8 when Odor was demoted to Triple-A Round Rock, he was hitting .144 with a .252 on-base percentage and a .233 slugging percentage. It was horrendous.

For the five weeks Odor was in the minors, the Rangers saw a mixed bag of Alberto, Rosales and Field at second base — none were good. When he came back, he was put right back in the lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers and went 3-for-3 in his return on June 15.

From that point through the end of the season, Odor hit .292 with a .334 on-base and .527 slugging percentage. He was one of the best hitting middle infiedlers in the majors over that three-month span and carried it over into the postseason when he was a catalyst for the Rangers in taking their 2-0 lead over Toronto before collapsing.

With all things considered, we'll give the second base position a grade of B with the caveat of great things coming on the horizon.

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