Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 3 days ago

Moreland went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Saturday against the Angels.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Moreland's third bomb of the year put the finishing touches on a six-run third inning of a game the Rangers won easily. He's starting to warm up, as he's now collected five hits in his last 11 at-bats to close out April with a .257/.313/.459 slash line.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 6 days ago

Moreland is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The left-handed Moreland will get the day off as the Rangers take on C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees as the Rangers have seven righties in the lineup. Moreland is hitting .239 with two home runs and seven RBI, but is coming off a two-hit day on Tuesday night.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 2 weeks ago

Moreland is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Astros.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Moreland will take a seat Thursday with the Astros turning to lefty ace Dallas Keuchel on the mound. Ryan Rua will take Moreland's spot at first base and bat seventh in the order against Keuchel. With the Rangers facing another left-hander Friday with Jose Quintana on the mound, it's possible that Moreland doesn't return to the starting lineup until Saturday.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 2 weeks ago

Moreland hit a solo home run as part of a 2-for-4 game in Tuesday's win over the Astros, his second of the season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Moreland has seven extra-base hits on the season to power his .255/.300/.489 line. However, Moreland has 18 strikeouts and just two walks this season, and if he can't improve that ratio, he's bound to hit an extended slump at some point. Moreland struck out 21.7 percent of the time in 2015, when he hit .278/.330/.482 with 23 home runs.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 3 weeks ago

Moreland was 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Friday's 11-5 loss to the Orioles.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The power-hitting lefty finally broke the ice on the long ball in 2016, connecting in the second inning of starter Vance Worley. Moreland has struggled to put wood on the ball so far this season, even against the righties he terrorized last season. The 30-year-old is sporting an atrocious 56 percent contact rate so far in the new season, and has only managed a .206 average over 34 at-bats against right-handed pitching. With no known injury affecting him-- and a proven track record at the plate-- Moreland figures to regain his footing as the campaign unfolds.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 3 weeks ago

Moreland is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, Rangers VP of Comm. John Blake reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Moreland had started the team's last five games -- striking out 10 times in that span -- but he'll take a seat against the left-handed Wade Miley. Ryan Rua will take over at first base in his stead and bat eighth.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 4 weeks ago

Moreland is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This is not a big surprise, with lefty Wade Miley on the mound for the Mariners. Ryan Rua will start at first base and hit sixth -- a trend that could continue against southpaws going forward.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 1 month ago

Moreland finished Cactus League play with a .806 OPS in 39 at-bats.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Moreland will open the season as Texas' every day first baseman, but could find himself being platooned against left-handed pitching if Ryan Rua is able to handle first base defensively.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 3 months ago

Moreland revealed Wednesday that he played the final two months of 2015 with a stress fracture in his left foot, but said the foot is now completely healed, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Reconstructive left ankle surgery ended Moreland's 2014 campaign abruptly, and the left foot apparently presented issues throughout the second half of 2015, but Moreland was able to stay on the field and log a career-high 471 at-bats for the Rangers. There has been nothing to suggest he will be limited in any way at the start of spring training. Moreland is expected to serve as the primary option at first base again in 2016.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 3 months ago

Moreland agreed to a one-year, $5.7 million contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Moreland's 2015 campaign was his best as a full-time major league player, earning him a nice payday in his last year of arbitration before the 30-year-old is eligible to hit the open market. While he's not one of the top-tier first baseman, Moreland provides enough power (23 home runs last season), and bats in the middle of an order good enough to make him a nice fantasy option for those deciding to wait.