Texas Rangers first baseman, Mitch Moreland, started off the season with a bang. He homered in his first at bat of spring training. Mitch Moreland is on a 15 at bat hitless streak since then.
Some Texas Rangers’ prospects, most notably Michael Olt, have viewed the first base position as the weak spot in the Rangers’ line up and where big league hopefuls can find a spot on the roster. Olt said he wanted to learn first base and make the transition to that spot, the Rangers passed on signing Prince Fielder.
Michael Olt, a natural third baseman came out and said he wanted to play first. He has always been thought of as an offensive liability, being prone to strike out, but Olt hits for power. In the Arizona Fall League, which featured hot prospects like Bryce Harper, Olt hit 13 home runs in 27 games, leading the AFL. Olt however wanted to switch to the other corner to challenge Mitch Moreland and work his way on the big league club’s roster.
Mitch Moreland struggled in the second half of last season due to a wrist injury. Rangers Manager Ron Washington said it was his goal to help fix Mitch Moreland find his swing. Moreland took pitches from Neftali Feliz and Ron Washington had Moreland play in the “B” game, then against the Cleveland Indians later that day.
Moreland went 3-3 in the “B” game and 2-2 against Cleveland later that day. A long day, but a productive one.
“I just wanted to feel my hands and get back more than anything,” Moreland said. “I felt like my hands have been drifting and not really staying back, so I went into that and kind of got a feel this morning. I just ran with it today and it felt a lot better.
“I felt it throughout the spring and I’m just trying to fix it. Sometimes bad habits hurt, and it’s kind of tough to break. But if you stick with it, that’s what we’re out here for. If I can just stay right there and keep building on the small stuff and sticking with it then I should be heading in the right direction.”