Phil Kuchinsky in Arizona; Around the horn with the Rangers
POSTED: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 9:50pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 9:52pm
Surprise, Ariz. — Let's talk for a second about this Texas Rangers infield. You start at third base.
You've got Adrian Beltre, multiple All-Star selections, multiple gold gloves.
"We can get better," Beltre said. "That's why we're here in spring training is to get better and work on the things we need to get better."
At short, you've got Elvis Andrus, two-time All-Star. Everybody knows what he can do offensively and defensively.
"We have a lot of good pieces out there," Andrus said. "If we compete and stay healthy, good things are going to happen."
At second base, taking over for Ian Kinsler, you've got young Jurickson Profar.
Last year, he was considered the top pro prospect in baseball. He bounced around the infield but now has has a home at the keystone spot.
"Last year, they didn't know what to expect," Profar said. "But this year you know what to expect because I'm more comfortable and focussed on things I want to work on."
At first, you've got Prince Fielder, one of the most accomplished sluggers in the American League.
"Everybody wants to have fun which is a big deal when you have to be together for so long," Fielder said.
You've got offensively and defensively one of the best infields in the major leagues.
"Defense never takes time off," manager Ron Washington said. "We have a very good defensive club."