Texas Rangers prospect, Justin Foscue, recently spoke with Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline. During the interview he was asked by Callis what he’s working on this off-season.
Foscue highlighted a few areas he’s fine-tuning, noting that on the defensive front, the Rangers asked him to work on his defense at first base. So he’s working at 3rd and 1st.
With Jung holding it down at third base and Semien securing second, the Rangers are set at those positions for the foreseeable future. To capitalize on Foscue’s hitting prowess, and fit him into the lineup, it makes perfect sense for him to focus on his skills at first base.
Justin Foscue played 9 games at first in Round Rock in ’23
First base isn’t brand new to Foscue. He played 9 error-free games in Round Rock last season.
Additionally, his offensive numbers have been impressive, with a slash line of .266/.394/.468/.862, along with 18 home runs and 84 RBI. Foscue’s patience at the plate is evident, as he walked 85 times compared to just 70 strikeouts.
The Rangers’ current opening at designated hitter adds another layer to Foscue’s potential role. Playing first base also offers flexibility to rest other key players when needed.
It would allow Nathaniel Lowe to rest while still maintaining power in the lineup. Foscue could also give other infielders like Marcus Semien or Josh Jung a break when needed.
As a first-round draft pick in 2020, Foscue has shown promise and adaptability. It will be interesting to see how Foscue’s development progresses.
His versatility to play multiple positions adds value to his overall game and increases his trade value. I personally think that Foscue has the advantage over other internal DH candidates like Blaine Crim, especially because he’s already on the Rangers 40-man roster.
Stay tuned at The Prospect Times and we’ll keep you updated on his progress.