Promotion of Rougned Odor noteworthy
Let’s first get something straight: The player who made his major league debut at second base for the Texas Rangers Thursday night pronounces his name ROOG-ned o-DOOR. Perhaps you, the intrigued fantasy owner who sees him sitting on your waiver wire, don’t care about that, because you’ll just see the name Rougned Odor and want to know what his somewhat surprising promotion from Double-A Frisco means. Well, I’m similarly intrigued, and Odor going hitless in four at-bats Thursday tells us nothing. The fact that he is in the majors, however, tells us a lot. He should hit and certainly could keep the second base job even when Jurickson Profar is healthy enough to, in theory, finally claim it. Profar might not get the chance, which is why those desperate for middle infield help should not ignore Odor.
In a bit of irony, while Odor made headlines getting the call to the big leagues, the Rangers announced Thursday that Profar and his troublesome shoulder with the torn muscle are ready for extended spring training and then a pending minor league rehab assignment, perhaps as soon as next week. Profar’s timetable remains early June, meaning Odor certainly has opportunity to show his stuff for a few weeks, and if he plays the way he had recently for the Frisco RoughRiders, Profar’s recovery might not matter. Of course I’m not blind to what the talented Profar brings to the table, but we’ve been discussing him for a while, and he has yet to make an impact. I think Profar will hit and run enough for double digits in home runs and stolen bases, but Odor brings a similar profile, just not as much plate discipline. In 32 games in the minors this season, Odor had six home runs and six stolen bases and hit .279. He’s only one year younger than Profar.