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Thursday newsletter time: Adolis Garcia goes deep in spring debut. Of course he did

(AP photo/Ross D. Franklin)

 

Not that a player’s first game of the spring is a big moment, but Adolis Garcia continued to show a knack for doing something big when eyes are on him.

Garcia connected for a home run Wednesday as the Rangers put him in a Cactus League lineup for the first this year. He had been playing on the back fields, and doing quite well, but the bubble wrap is almost fully off.

Almost, because he was the designated hitter instead of the right fielder in the Rangers’ 6-6 tie with the Rockies.

Blaine Crim also homered, and Davis Wendzel had two more hits and two RBIs the day after driving in the game-winning run against the Mariners. Justin Foscue went 1 for 3 after a nice showing Tuesday in the B game.

He continues to get ample work at first base, which might be an indication that the Rangers think his bat could help them to open the season but they want him to be a viable option behind Nathaniel Lowe.

Andrew Heaney didn’t have his best spring start, as three walks contributed to him allowing four runs in three innings.

Josh Sborz followed with a scoreless inning, and Marc Church followed with two scoreless frames has he continues to impress in is bid for the Opening Day roster.

Three amigos

No one should be surprised that Foscue, Wendzel and Crim are doing damage this spring. All three can hit, and they would have a much clearer path to the majors were they not with the Rangers.

Each is an infielder by trade. Foscue and Crim are playing the same position, first base, while Wendzel plays the other three infield spots. He plays them really well, too.

Foscue, the 2020 first-round pick, is on the 40-man roster after Wendzel and Crim were left unprotected from the Rule 5 draft the past two years.

Teams might want to see if Wendzel can stay healthy for another season and replicate the power breakthrough he had last season with 30 homers. Crim has been a hit machine since the Rangers drafted him in the 19th round of the 2019 draft, the same draft they took Jung (eighth overall) and Wendzel (41st overall).

A lot of folks who follow the Rangers’ farm system want to see all three get a crack at the majors this season.

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Looks like they passed the smell test. Enjoy.

 

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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