Rangers demote Rougned Odor to the minors

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Last season the Rangers rushed top prospect Rougned Odor to the majors as a 20-year-old and now they’re sending him back to the minors after he hit just .237 with 10 homers and a .658 OPS in 143 games.

Odor actually held his own for the most part last season despite making the jump from Double-A, but this season he hit .144 in 29 games to convince the Rangers he’s better off back in the minors. He’ll report to Triple-A, where Odor has never played previously.

Long term Odor remains a very good bet, but his current inability to control the strike zone is a major weakness (and not unexpected for such a young, inexperienced player). For the Rangers he drew just 24 walks in 520 plate appearances while striking out 96 times.

Adam Rosales figures to take over as the Rangers’ primary second baseman.