Rougned Roberto Odor…married Liusca Criollo on April 14, 2020, and they have a daughter, Emma Valentina… brother, Rougned Jose, previously played in the Texas farm system…owns and rides horses in Maracaibo, Venezuela in the off-season…played amateur baseball in his hometown of Maracaibo, Venezuela…was selected as the all-tournament 2B in the 2009 World Youth Baseball Championship…his uncle, Rouglas Odor, played in the Cleveland and Milwaukee organizations and was a Carolina League All-Star in 1990… Rouglas is currently manager for Double-A Akron of the Eastern League, and he is in his 33rd season as a player or coach in the Cleveland Indians organization.
Produced a slash line of .167/.209/.413/.623 with 10 HR and 30 RBI in 38 games for Texas…DNP from 8/2-6 w/ right oblique tightness and was on 10-Day IL, 8/28-9/8 (eye infection)…led team in RBI and tied for club lead in HR (also Gallo), this despite not qualifying for league leader status in the percentage categories…recorded career lows in BA, OBP, and OPS…among players w/ 145+ PA’s, had lowest OBP and 4th-lowest BA in MLB…made 6th Opening Day start at 2B for Texas, only shy of club record (7-Kinsler).
In addition to leading Texas in HR and RBI, ranked among club leaders in XBH (1st, 61), 2B (2nd, 30), BB (T2nd, career-high 52), R (4th, 77), TB (4th, 229)…posted 2nd-highest SLG (.439) for any of his 4 qualifying seasons (.502 in 2016)…posted 1st 30 HR/30 2B season by a Ranger since 2016 (Odor/Beltre)…tied for A.L. lead with career-high 178 SO (also KC's Jorge Soler), 4th-highest single-season total in TEX history…his 602 K's since start of 2016 are 5th-most in A.L., and 752 SO in career are 9th-most in TEX history made 134 starts at 2B and 3 as DH.
BATTING: Recorded hits in 4 of season's 1st 5 G, but hit .122 (9-74) over 1st 19 G thru 5/4 spanning injured list stint from 4/11-25 with right knee sprain…over 75 G from 5/5-8/3, batted .237/.296/.522/.818 (64-270) to rise to .212, highest all season after 1st 6 G…that span ended with a walk-off HR on 8/3 vs. DET…would bat .108 (9-83) in 25 G from 8/4-29, dropping season BA to .192, including an 0-for-28 span to end that period…beginning 8/30, hit .263/.340/.632/.971 (25-95) over final 26 G to finish at .205, lowest among all ML qualifiers and 3rd-lowest in TEX history (.199-Jim Sundberg in 1975; .204-Odor in 2017)…reached safely in a career-high 15 straight games from 8/29-9/14.
NOTES: Selected Rangers Player of the Month for September (.261 BA, .985 OPS, 9 HR, 7 2B, 25 RBI), his 4th career selection…made 5th Opening Day start, T2nd-most at 2B in club history (7-Ian Kinsler, 5-Bump Wills)…recorded his 1st career steal of home in the 8th inning on 6/9 vs. OAK, 1st straight steal of home by a Ranger since Andrus on 9/1/15 at SD…went 2-for-7 with a HR and 2 RBI in 2 G rehab assignment with Nashville (AAA) on 4/24-25…his 15 errors were 2nd-most in MLB among 2B, and .973 fielding pct. was lowest since 2016 (.970).
Buoyed by a strong 7 weeks out of the All-Star break, Odor set career highs in both walks and on-base percentage…suffered an injury just 12 days into the season and was on DL from 4/10-5/10 with a left hamstring strain, the 1st DL stay of his ML career… also posted the best defensive numbers of his career, earning consideration for the Gold Glove Award as one of 3 finalists in the A.L…started in 8 different spots in the batting order (no starts in 9-hole)…made 125 starts at second base (123) and designated hitter (2), his fewest games played at the Major League level since 2015 (120). Over 1st 45 G through 6/17, spanning his month-long DL stint, batted .217/.292/.309/.602… from 6/20-9/2, after sitting out the 1st 2 G of a series in Kansas City, slashed .306/.383/.587/.970 over 61 games to raise season average to .271…in that span of nearly 11 weeks, Odor ranked among A.L. leaders in HR (T2nd, 17), RBI (T5th, 47), and OPS (6th)… beginning 9/3, batted .172/.226/.184/.410 over final 23 G with one XBH (2B) and one RBI…career-high 5 hits on 7/28 at HOU, 1st 5-H game by a Ranger since Elvis Andrus on 5/18/13 vs. DET…that game in Houston was 9th career 2-HR game, one of which was the 28th inside-the-park HR in team history… the last ML player to go 5-for-5 with 2 HR, including an inside-the-park HR, was Washington catcher Patsy Gharrity on 6/23/1919 at BOS (credit Elias Sports Bureau)…had a .248 (29-117) BA with RISP, 2nd-highest of his career (.258 in 2014)…included going 4-for-8 with 12 RBI with the bases loaded, and he hit his 3rd career grand slam on 8/3 vs. BAL…had a higher BA and OBP vs. LHP (.257/.337/.374/.711) than
against RHP (.251/.321/.452/.773)…had a pair of starts at designated hitter.
Ranked among team leaders in HR (2nd, 30), TB (T2nd, 241), GW RBI (T2nd, 10), XBH (3rd, 54), SB (3rd, 15), runs (4th, 79), RBI (5th, 75), and 2B (5th, 21)…with .204/.252/.397/.649 slash line, saw lowest career figures in each of those 4 percentage categories for any of his 4 ML seasons…set career high with 32 BB, 13 more than in 2016... Joined 4 other ML players to appear in each of his team's games in 2017: KC's Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer, PHI's Freddy Galvis, and CIN's Joey Votto…became the 10th Ranger to appear in each of team's games in a season, 1st since 2006 (Mark Teixeira and Michael Young)…started 159 games at 2B (157) and DH (2), with nonstarts on 7/2 at CWS, 8/9 at NYM, and 9/28 vs. OAK.
BATTING // Had MLB's 2nd-lowest qualifying batting average at .204 (TOR's Jose Bautista-.203), 2nd-lowest in club history (.199 by Jim Sundberg in 1975), and 4th-lowest figure in MLB history for a player in a 30-HR season…avg. never reached as high as .225 after season's 1st 10 games…his .252 OBP was 2nd-lowest by any ML qualifier since 1995 (.248 by LAA's Vernon Wells in 2011) and the lowest ever for a Texas qualifier (previously .266 by Benji Gil in 1995)…after season-opening 5-G hit streak (.389, 7-18), batted .194 (56-289) next 72 G from 4/9-6/27 to sit at .205…compiled a career-best 10-G hit streak from 6/28-7/8 (.371, 13-35) to rise to .222, and built a .254 (44-173) figure from 6/28- 8/20 to bring season mark to .223 at that point…from 8/21-end of the year, hit .134 (17-127) with 43 SO in final 39 G to finish at .204.
NOTES // Played 6 G for Team Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, batting .263 (5-19) with 2 HR, a 2B, and 4 RBI… drove in all 4 Rangers' runs on 9/14 vs. SEA (SF, 3-R HR), 1st time Rangers with all of team's 4+ RBI in a game since 9/28/15 vs. DET (Prince Fielder had all 4 RBI in a 7-4 loss)…batted .188 (26-138) with RISP, 7th-lowest among A.L. qualifiers (min. 100 PA's) and lowest in MLB among 44 players with as many AB with RISP in 2017…had 241 players left on base, 3rd-most in MLB (304-Adam Duvall, 277-Albert Pujols)…his career-high 162 SO were T12thmost in the A.L.
Continued to establish himself as one of the game's premier young players, posting career highs in nearly every category while batting .271 (164-605) with 33 HR and 88 RBI over 150 games in his 1st full ML season…joined Juan Gonzalez (43/109 in 1992) as the only players in club history with 33+ HR and 88+ RBI in an age 22-or-younger season…over the last 4 seasons (2013-16), the only other ML players with such a season were Bryce Harper (42/99 in 2015) and Mike Trout (36/111 in 2014)…led Texas in HR and 2B (33)…T12th in A.L. with 70 XBH, T13th with 304 total bases…5th-hardest in league to double up (100.8 AB/GIDP)…2nd player in MLB history with fewer than 20 walks in a 30-HR season (also Andres Galarraga - 31 HR/19 BB for 1994 Rockies).
Club's Opening Day second baseman batted .261 (111- 426) with 21 doubles, nine triples, 16 HR, and 61 RBI in 120 games, surpassing his 2014 rookie totals in every significant offensive category…was optioned to Class AAA Round Rock after just 29 games, but reclaimed the second base job upon his return on June 15 and posted the sixth-highest OPS (.781) among all second basemen last season…had two stints with the Rangers: Opening Day- May10 and June 15-end of season.
Was purchased from Frisco (AA) on May 8 and went on to start 106 games at 2B and one as the DH the rest of the season as the majors' youngest player...was selected as the Rangers Rookie of the Year...tied for 8th in the A.L. in triples (7), matching the 2nd most on the club, and placed 3rd on Rangers in RBI (48)...ranked among the A.L. rookie leaders in triples (T2nd), RBI (4th), hits (6th, 100) and multi-hit games (6th, 23)...was just the 2nd Texas rookie ever with 7 or more 2B (14), 3B (7), and HR (9) in a season, joining Ruben Sierra in 1986.
Named organization's Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year after combining to hit a career-best .305 (156-511) with 41 doubles, 6 triples, 11 HR, and 78 RBI in 130 games with Myrtle Beach (High-A) and Frisco (AA)…the .305 figure was highest among all full season Texas farmhands…finished T3rd among all minor league players with 41 doubles…ranked in both the Carolina League (3rd) and Texas League (4th) seasonending prospect lists by Baseball America.
Spent entire campaign with Hickory as the youngest regular in the South Atlantic League..tabbed the 20th-best prospect and the top defensive second baseman in the SAL by Baseball America..…appeared in 85 games at second and 15 contests at shortstop…named the SAL Player of the Week for May 21-27, batting .364 (8-22) with 5 doubles, a home run, 4 RBI, and 7 runs over 7 games…..compiled a 26-game onbase streak from April 28-May 30, batting .327 (33-101) with 9 walks…..batted .293 (56-191) with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs, and 29 RBI over 49 games prior to the All-Star break, .232 (56-241) over 60 games in the second half…..selected as the organization's Defender of the Month for July.
Assigned to Spokane in Northwest League after signing, a circuit usually reserved for college draftees…named the 7th-best prospect in the NWL by Baseball America…recorded the most putouts by any second baseman in the circuit and ranked 2nd on club in steals (10)…batted .304 (55-181) over first 43 games and .109 (6-55) over final 15 contests…hit first career grand slam on July 17 at Everett.