Jon Daniels Doesn't Blame Coaching Staff For Poor Start

Josh Clark
May 22, 2018 - 10:46 am
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ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan) - With the Texas Rangers heading towards a potential 100-loss season, questions have begun to arise about who should take the fall for the rough start.

Rangers president and general manager Jon Daniels was asked if the coaches were on the hot seat ahead of the club's loss to the New York Yankees Monday.

"When we took the approach we took this off-season and on top of that you've got the number of injuries we've got, I'm not sitting here looking to blame the coaching staff for personnel issues like that," Daniels said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "From a coaching staff perspective, what we constantly talk about is just the development of our young players, some of which are going well and some of which are not."

The Rangers, who are 18-30, and in the cellar of the American League West, recently lost 3 out of 4 to the worst team in the league, the Chicago White Sox. No one expected them to compete this season because of Daniels commitment to developing their young players. But, how much development have we seen out of them? 

Joey Gallo is walking less than last season and still isn't hitting for a respectable average (.201). He is showing the ability to hit to the opposite field this season, but he hasn't been consistent with it. Rougned Odor, who missed over half of the club's games with a hamstring injury, still hasn't figured things out at the plate (.174 average, .237 OBP in 69 games). Jurickson Profar isn't making the most of his golden opportunity with Elvis Andrus on the shelf. He has a .230 batting average and has made several poor plays at shortstop. 

On the positive end of the spectrum, Nomar Mazara has been really good (.273 average, 10 home runs, 27 RBI). Despite a recent slump, Delino DeShields has shown improvement in the outfield and at the plate. The club also found something interesting in Isaiah Kiner-Falefa. 

So, with the mixed bag of results from the club's young players, it makes it even more difficult to make decisions on the coaching staff. It is, however, too early to get comfortable, and things certainly can change as the losses keep mounting.