The promotion makes Odor, who hit .304/.369/.453 in 98 games in the Carolina League, the youngest player in the Texas League. The knocks on Odor before he signed were his stature (his listed 5-foot-11 may be a little generous), he didn’t have the arm for shortstop and he wasn’t a great runner in the 60-yard dash.
But Odor’s bat has always been his calling card, as he dominated international tournaments with a sweet lefty stroke and an advanced hitting approach for his age. Odor became eligible to sign on July 2, 2010, but despite a high profile from his time with the Venezuelan youth national team, he didn’t end up signing until around New Year’s, when he got a $425,000 bonus from Texas. Given what pro scouts are saying about him now, that looks like a bargain.
Sardinas, another Rangers Venezuelan signing, has moved quickly despite finger and shoulder injuries that have limited his time on the field. His advanced instincts—both at the plate and at shortstop—have helped him make up for missed time. He’s a smooth defender with a strong arm, good speed, bat control and limited power, as he hit .297/.357/.358 in 95 games for Myrtle Beach.
In a couple of years, it’s hard to see how the Rangers will find a place for Odor and Sardinas in Texas given their glut of middle infield talent at the major league level, something opposing general managers have certainly noticed. But having too many talented middle infielders is one of the best “problems” to have.