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Rangers Rookie To Snag All The Attention This Season

Wyatt Langford has been making a fast name since he was drafted second overall by the Texas Rangers last summer. But who is this rising star, and what makes him unique?


Uprising

Langford is just 22 years old, born in 2001 out of Gainesville, FL. Langford went to Trenton High School in Trenton, FL, and then to the University of Florida. Though he started as a first baseman, Langford ended his time as a Gator, becoming an outfielder, primarily in left.


Langford has hit over .300 since he played for the Charlottesville Tom Sox, a summer collegiate team, in the summer of 2021 at just the age of 19. As a Gator, Langford hit .373 in his senior season, put up 21 home runs, 57 RBIs, and an impressive .498 on-base percentage.


Minor Leagues

In just 44 games throughout the summer of 2023, Langford worked his way through the Rangers system, ending the season in Triple-A Round Rock. Langford saw 161 At-Bats and put up an impressive stat line.

  • 36 Runs

  • 58 Hits

  • 10 Home Runs

  • 30 RBIs

  • 36 Walks

  • .360 Batting Average


This video from Spring Training shows Langford putting on an impressive at-bat against World Series-winning pitcher Josh Sborz.


What Makes Wyatt Langford Truly Stand Out

While his hitting is very impressive, what turns Langford into a scary weapon is the addition of his fielding ability. Throughout the 260 innings that Langford saw the field in the minors, he had a perfect fielding percentage by going 63/63 in defensive chances/putouts.


Where Would The Rangers Place Him?

The Rangers outfield is hard to find a spot in. The Rangers' outfield starting rotation is filled with the talent of Adolis Garcia, Evan Carter, and Leody Tavera. The Rangers also carry Travis Jankowski and Ezekiel Duran in their rotation throughout the outfield. Langford will have to work hard to find a spot in the rotation to be on the grass. However, Langford could likely still find a way to be on the Big League Roster this summer.

In an interview with Stefan Stevenson, race Bochy, Texas Rangers Manager, said, "If there's no open position, one option would be to use Langford as the designated hitter while also giving the outfielders a day off."

 

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