Texas Rangers: Looking Into Some of the Top Prospects
Chris Woodward is in his first season as the manager for the Texas Rangers. They are 26-26 so far this season. Texas is nine games back of the Houston Astros for first place in the American League West Standings. They have missed the playoffs for the last two seasons and they are on the verge of missing it for the third consecutive season.
One of the reasons why this is the case is because this team is getting older and they are also not very deep in the farm system. It is critical to have a very good farm system. Some of the Rangers top prospects have been struggling in the minors so far this season. Anyways, who are some of the top prospects in the system that could help them in the near future?
The top prospect in the farm system is right-handed pitcher Hans Crouse. He is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Crouse is currently pitching in Single-A with the Hickory Crawdads. He is 20 years old. Hans Crouse’s record so far this season is 2-0 with a 3.35 ERA. In 37.2 innings pitched, he has given up 32 hits and 18 runs. Crouse has only walked seven batters and has struck out 39. He has a fastball that blows batters away, along with a dominant slider. Hans Crouse has the potential to be a number one pitcher in the major leagues.
The second best prospect in Texas’s farm system is right-handed pitcher Cole Winn. Winn is only 19 years old and he is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Cole Winn and Hans Crouse could potentially be the future 1,2 punch in the majors in the near future. They are both playing in Single-A right now. Winn was drafted in the first round a season ago and he didn’t pitch at all last season in the minors. Cole Winn has only appeared in three games so far this season. His record is 0-1 with a 7.56. In 8.1 innings pitched, he has given up six hits and seven runs. Winn has walked 10 batters and has struck out seven. He needs to work on his control. Cole Winn throws in the high 90s and he has a promising 12-6 curveball.
The third best prospect in the Rangers farm system is shortstop/second baseman, Anderson Tejeda. He is projected to reach the majors in 2020. Tejeda will most likely play more shortstop than second base in the majors because Elvis Andrus is 30 years old and he is the starting shortstop on the Texas Rangers at the moment. Rougned Odor is currently the second baseman for Texas and he is only 25 years old. Tejeda has improved defensively in the minors and he has a ceiling offensively as a switch hitter. Anderson Tejeda is currently playing in High-A with the Down Wood East Ducks. His batting average so far this season is .234 with four home runs and 23 RBI’s, along with nine stolen bases. Tejeda’s on-base percentage is .316.
The fourth best prospect in the Texas Rangers farm system is outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez. He is 23 years old and he is currently playing in Advanced-A. Pablo Martinez is expected to reach the majors sometime next season, but it is possible he might need more polishing in the minor leagues. Julio Pablo Martinez started the season in Single-A with the Hickory Crawdads. He has the potential to be a batter in the top of the order. Pablo Martinez is also an average defender with a mediocre arm. His batting average in the minors so far this season is .179 with four home runs and 23 RBI’s, along with nine stolen bases. Julio Pablo Martinez’s on-base percentage is .234.
The fifth-best prospect in the farm system is outfielder Bubba Thompson. He is currently on the seven-day disabled list in the minor leagues. Thompson was a first-round pick in 2017. He is currently playing in High-A. Bubba Thompson has only played in 12 games so far this season. His batting average is .150 with zero home runs and two RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Thompson’s on-base percentage is .209. His game is still raw at the moment, but Bubba Thompson could be a star if he pans out. Thompson is 20 years old and he is projected to reach the majors sometime next season.
The sixth best prospect in Texas’s farm system is outfielder Leody Taveras. It seems as if he has been the best outfield prospect in the farm system so far in 2019. Taveras might be the readiest out of any of the prospects in the outfield right now. He is currently playing in High-A and Leody Taveras is projected to reach the majors in 2021. His batting average so far this season is .311 with two home runs and 22 RBI’s, along with 13 stolen bases. Taveras’s on-base percentage is .369. He is a switch hitter and Taveras has tremendous speed.
The seventh-best prospect in the Rangers farm system is left-handed pitcher Joe Palumbo. He was a 30th round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft by Texas. Palumbo’s ceiling is most likely a fourth or a fifth starter, but he could also be a mid-reliever. Joe Palumbo is currently playing in Double-A with the Frisco RoughRiders. His record so far this season is 0-0 with a 3.47 ERA. In 46.1 innings pitched, Palumbo has given up 39 hits and 20 runs. He has walked 23 batters and has struck out 60. Joe Palumbo throws in the high 90s and he also has an effective changeup, but Palumbo needs a third quality pitch to gets hitters out. He is 24 years old and he is projected to reach the majors sometime next season.
The eighth best prospect in the Texas Rangers farm system is right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hernandez. He is 22-years-old and Hernandez many project him to reach the majors sometime this season. He is currently playing in Double-A. His record so far this season is 2-3 with 6.38 ERA. In 42.1 innings pitched, Jonathan Hernandez has given up 50 hits and 32 runs. He has also walked 20 batters and has struck out 46. Hernandez could be wild at times because he can’t locate some of his breaking pitches. Hernandez throws in the high 90s with a four-seam fastball and his sinker could be his make it or break it pitch at the next level if he gets there.
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