I’ve been critical for many years of how the Texas Rangers have approached their prospects. They fall in love with toolsy high-end players with questionable hit tools, and the result has not been good. That has changed.
There are still plenty of those toolsy players in the system, but over the past three years, they have added players that can hit. Josh Jung, Evan Carter, Justin Foscue, and Aaron Zavala are great examples. While the upside might not be a superstar, they all have full-time regular upside, with several having an All-Star upside. By taking this approach, they have lowered the overall risk of their system by adding more certainty with higher floor players.
On the pitching side, they have added two top college arms, Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker. Leiter had a tough season, and there will be questions about Rocker’s health until there isn’t. However, both have top-of-the-rotation ceilings.
I love the direction the team is taking and believe it will work. Combine that with ownership’s desire to spend money in free agency, and Texas’s future looks promising.
Prospect Quick Shot
- Top Prospect: Josh Jung
- Biggest Mover: Aaron Zavala
- Emerging Prospect: Emiliano Teodo