Brad Snyder, with new swing and new position, gets chance with Rangers

Brad Snyder, with new swing and new position, gets chance with Rangers

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September 30, 2010, San Diego, CA: Chicago Cubs right fielder Brad Snyder (56) hits a RBI single in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports

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by LANDON HAAF

WFAA Sports

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 5:33 PM

Brad Snyder played Monday night against the Albuquerque Isotopes. After getting on a 7:15 a.m. flight and arriving in Arlington, Snyder is in the starting lineup against the Miami Marlins.

He’s penciled in at first base, a position at which he has played just two games professionally. Snyder said Rangers’ bench coach and infield instructor Tim Bogar, who used to be Snyder’s manager in the minor leagues, will be a resource for him in learning the position.

“Bogey’s going to help me a lot, he’s going to be right there in my back pocket pretty much until I get the hang of things,” Snyder said. “I completely trust him.”

Bogar worked with Snyder Tuesday afternoon on footwork and glove work at first base early Tuesday afternoon at Globe Life Park. He has taken reps in the last week while with the Express. Snyder said he has played a few games at the position in college and in Winter ball.

First base is a position that is generally expected to produce power and RBI numbers. Snyder’s promotion comes in the wake of Mitch Moreland’s injury news, only after Mitch Moreland was slotted as the everyday first baseman due to Prince Fielder’s season-ending neck injury.

Neither has produced stellar offensive numbers in 2014.

Snyder recorded 18 home runs at Triple-A Round Rock this season before his trip to Arlington. He said that, while he has been a “front-foot hitter” most of his career, he decided this season to focus on power in every at-bat.

“It was a conscious decision before the season. I really wanted to set career highs for myself no matter where I was,” he said. “I definitely wanted to increase my power numbers.”

Triple-A hitting coach Justin Mashore, who has also worked with the likes of Joey Gallo in the Rangers’ farm system, helped Snyder with his transformation into a power hitter.

“He has a feel for that kind of swing,” Snyder said.

The Rangers rank 28th in MLB with just 44 home runs on the year. In other words, Snyder, Gallo and Travis Demeritte have combined for more home runs on the season than the entire major league squad.

While Snyder has seen the Big Leagues before, playing 20 games with the Chicago Cubs in 2010-11, an extended stay has been the primary goal of the 32-year-old who retains his rookie status. Injuries have created the opportunity Snyder has been waiting for.

“That’s always in the back of your mind. This team has had hard luck with its injuries. Everybody tries to stay hot and stay ready to go. You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time and it worked out this time,” he said.

Snyder said his minor league coaches had hinted at the idea of him making it to Arlington, but nothing was official until after Round Rock played its game Monday night.

“Any time you get a chance to play in the Big Leagues you want to make the most out of the opportunity,” Snyder said. “This is a chance to show I can play anywhere on the field, and I’m going to do that.”

Moreland to get second opinion Thursday

Mitch Moreland will fly to Charlotte on Thursday to be evaluated by Dr. Robert Anderson and get a second opinion on what is best for his ankle.

Moreland said the ankle injury has been bothering him since Spring Training. He knew that surgery was inevitable, but wanted to play through the pain and have surgery at the end of the year.

"This team has been through a lot this year and I wanted to do everything I could to help the team," Moreland said. "It was affecting me individually and affecting us as a team. It was to the point where I don't think I'm helping as much as maybe I'm hurting as far as myself and the team."

Moreland has had two shots to help the pain in the ankle, one during Spring Training and another in May.

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