No one was really sure what the Texas Rangers would do at first base with Mitch Moreland following Prince Fielder's lead and needing surgery. There were really no good in-house solutions, but the Rangers made a choice to bring up a career minor-leaguer who's had a nice year in Triple-A to give him a chance.
On Tuesday night, Brad Snyder made an impact in just his third professional start at first base and his first big-league game since 2011, when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs.
Snyder, who was hitting .284 with 18 homers and 51 RBIs in Round Rock this year, had a nice night at the plate in his season debut on Tuesday and drove in two runs — on a single and a bases-loaded walk. He also scored the go-ahead run for the Rangers in the sixth with an aggressive bit of baserunning when he scored from second on an infield single from Rougned Odor.
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"I'm staying aggressive," Snyder told reporters prior to Tuesday's game about his big year in Round Rock. "I made it a point, consciously this year, to try and hit more homers. Basically, being ready to hit anything in the zone. It's been a pretty successful approach. [Hitting] .300 with a handful of homers is OK, but I really wanted to set career-highs for myself this year. I wanted to increase my power numbers for sure."
Until further notice, or until Snyder forces the Rangers to give someone else a shot, it looks like he might be the Rangers' first baseman. Who would've thought?