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Rangers promote top 1B prospect Justin Smoak

Apr 22, 2010, 11:18 PM EDT

smoak batting.JPGMLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers have promoted first base prospect Justin Smoak (pictured right) from Triple-A Oklahoma City and demoted struggling first baseman Chris Davis in a corresponding move.

Smoak will take over starting first base duties for the Rangers and could hang onto the gig for a long while if he performs as expected.  The 23-year-old was off to a superb start at Triple-A this year, with a .326/.500/.587 batting line and two home runs over 62 plate appearances.  He has serious, serious upside and Rangers fans have been clamoring for his promotion for at least the last two weeks.

Davis, 24, had been batting just .188 with a 556 OPS in 48 at-bats.  He may need to find another organization in order to continue his major league career, but will first need to prove his worth with a nice stretch of production for Oklahoma City.

  1. Pokey Okie - Apr 23, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Gonzalez, Chris Young, where is Padilla anyway? And that is just the start of the long, long night. Does anyone run this organization or does it just happen?

  2. Larry - Apr 23, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    Of course, no one runs this organization. Major League Baseball just took over the sale of the Texas Rangers from Tom Hicks. Tom Hicks owes $556 million to creditors, so he ain’t showing his face around the ballpark.

  3. DiamondDuq - Apr 23, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Smoak is going to be a great player! He’s essentially “Mark Texeira Jr.” Jason Heyward should be greatful he’s in the NL (provided he cares about things like being the ROY) because they’ll pretty much be able to hand the AL ROY to Smoak by the All-Star Break! If you’ve never seen this kid play I suggest you tune in because anyone who has seen him play will already be tuned in.

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