1. Yu Darvish is making the adjustment just fine
It was the top question heading into camp. A handful of cameras waited three full days before Darvish even got to Surprise, Ariz., on Feb. 21 and watched his every move. He did exactly what the Rangers hoped: He made a steady progression this spring and is prepared for the season.
The fastball command was a bit wobbly to start and Darvish had to figure out a rhythm from the windup, but under the watchful eyes of pitching coach Mike Maddux, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins and future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, Darvish leaves spring training fresh off a quality start against a lineup full of Colorado Rockies regulars. He had 11 strikeouts Friday and left no doubt that if he commands his fastball, the breaking stuff is going to fool a lot of hitters in 2012.
It makes April 9 one of the most anticipated opening-week dates in baseball.
10. Double-A Frisco's infield should be fun to watch this year.
The left side of the Rangers' infield is one of the best in baseball with Adrian Beltre at third base and Andrus at shortstop. And perhaps the best left side of baseball in the minors will be at Double-A Frisco, with third baseman Mike Olt and shortstop Jurickson Profar.
Add in Leury Garcia, who should trade off with Profar playing shortstop and second base, and you've got a pretty fun infield to watch when the Rangers are out of town. Olt will also play first base as the organization tries to add to his versatility.