ARLINGTON -- Brandon Snyder, a right-handed hitter, started at first base for the Rangers against the A's on Wednesday, with left-hander Tommy Milone on the mound. Snyder entered the game hitting .333 (10-for-30) with three home runs and eight RBIs in 16 games.
The Rangers are evaluating him closely. They left Spring Training concerned about the need for a right-handed hitter off the bench, and that was an area they identified as a possible upgrade as the season progressed.
Right now, Texas is content giving Snyder an extended opportunity.
"So far so good," general manager Jon Daniels said. "You have to give him credit. It's a tough role for a young player, and [manager Ron Washington] has done a good job keeping him engaged. Being able to play multiple positions allows him to move around and stay fresh. That's all you want is someone to make a meaningful contribution within their roles. He's done a good job against left-handed pitching."
Daniels said right now the Rangers aren't looking around for ways to possibly upgrade the team.
"We're not really focused on that right now," Daniels said. "We're still in the process of getting that going. I'm pleased overall with how the club has played. There will be a point in time when we'll look at that more closely. But we're not making any changes right now."