Hopefully Davis can take some of hitting coach Clint Hurdle's teaching to heart and cut down on the strikeouts. Hurdle has been preaching patience at the plate and it appeared to be sinking in with the team as a group early in Spring Training, but the strikout numbers have been up recently. There isn't much time to work on that before the season starts in 5 days.
Backing up Davis at first, at least at this point, is the very inexperienced Max Ramirez. Max is the third catcher as well, which may prove to be his real position with the catcher woes the Rangers have been facing. I don't have any scans of Ramirez cards, but I did find these two AWESOME play at the plate pics from 2008.
Max Ramirez vs. Jeff Mathis, Angels
July 7, 2008--Mathis was out
Smoak got in a little Spring Training action, appearing in 10 games. He had 14 at bats and hit .250.
The Rangers had many years of solid play from first base from these guys.
2003 E/X Behind the Numbers Rafael Palmeiro
1997 Pinnacle XPress Will Clark
2004 Topps Crackerjack Mark Teixeira
Palmeiro and Tex are pretty much scorned around here now, but you can't argue with the solid defense and numbers these three guys put up for Texas over the years. You can question the methods perhaps, but not the results. Hopefully Davis can add his name to the list of productive first baseman Texas has enjoyed over the years (and stay in the good graces of the fans while he's at it).