"We've felt like we have been in that mode with as many kids as we have," Washington said. "We're doing everything we can to make them better as we move forward. That includes our veterans. Everybody in that lineup, we're trying to make better."
The Rangers went into Friday's game having lost eight straight. With any realistic chance of making the playoffs fading with each day, the Rangers want to make sure they identify those players who are going to be a part of the team going forward and do everything they can to make them better.
The Rangers currently have seven rookies on the active roster in pitchers Nick Martinez, Ben Rowen, and Aaron Poreda, infielders Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor and outfielders Michael Choice and Dan Robertson. Pitchers Shawn Tolleson and Nick Tepesch are in their second full season as a Major Leaguer.
"I want to see improvement," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Game to game, week to week, month to month ... I don't know where we're going to be in the standings. I'm still hopeful obviously that we get hot and put something together here, but that aside, I want to look up at the end of the year [and see] we're better. We've got some answers, we know where these guys stand, we know who has the aptitude and the ability to help us going forward and obviously later on all the guys that'll be back from injury.
"I don't say that to suggest that we're looking past this year exclusively, just trying to be realistic. From a staff standpoint, both front office and the coaching staff, that's going to be a big part of how we evaluate the year. Group of 20-something players and where they go from here. We've got get better."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.