Nolan Ryan was talking about his Texas Rangers and the fears of fans that the days of leading the AL West are now over with. According to Yahoo Sports on Feb. 22, Ryan said he still expects the team to be competitive in 2013.
He also said that Texas is a better team now than they were the day that Josh Hamilton left to sign with the division rival Los Angeles Angles.
That was a tough week to be a Rangers' fan. The best player on the team left for a division rival, the Rangers' were unable to sign pitcher Zack Greinke and then they traded Michael Young to Philadelphia. It looked like the end was near.
However, Ryan points to the signings of catcher A.J. Pierzynski to replace Mike Napoli and Lance Berkman to replace Michael Young. Ryan said he knows there is no way to replace Josh Hamilton's bat, but he feels the Rangers will survive.
Nolan Ryan also talked about Jurickson Profar, the player ranked as the No. 1 prospect in all of Major League Baseball. While hopes are high for Profar, his natural positions are held by two All-Stars in Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus. Ryan said that, unless he could play every day, the best place for Profar is the minor leagues.
''If we can't get him the at-bats that I think are appropriate for his development, then we'd probably be doing him a disservice to have him as a utility guy, and not getting the at-bats and opportunity to play every day,'' Ryan said.