Young Defensive Specialist Getting First Shot

Let's be perfectly honest here, and nothing against former Ranger and native Texan Tommy Field, but the career minor-leaguer didn't really have much business in Arlington.

He was, at best, an average defensive second baseman and he was well below-average at the plate — as bad as Rougned Odor was early this season before he was demoted to rediscover his swing and his strike zone discipline, both of which he has begun to do in Round Rock.

So last week, the Rangers made a move to designate Field for assignment and call up youngster Hanser Alberto, who may not have a lot offensively but was the gold glove winner for all of minor league baseball last year as a shortstop — all of minor league baseball.

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Alberto is a plus-plus defender, and he might be getting a better run as a full-timer for the time being depending on what the Rangers decide to do at third base with Adrian Beltre on the disabled list for "at least two weeks," probably longer.

So far in three big-league games, Alberto is batting .364 with a triple and three RBIs, and while he's not expected to do a lot at the plate, he should bring the Rangers some stability in the field, especially playing alongside struggling shortstop Elvis Andrus, who committed his 11th error in 50 games on Sunday.

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