Jun 28, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (73) hits a single against Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh inning at Rogers Centre. Blue Jays beat Rangers 3 – 2. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
One area in which the Texas Rangers have had success in over the years is signing top international players. This list includes several top current and former prospects, such as Nomar Mazara (Dominican Republic), Jorge Alfaro (Colombia), Rougned Odor (Venezuela), and Jurickson Profar (Curacao).
This year’s group has started to take form as the 2015-2016 international signing period opened yesterday with many moves being made quickly. Although teams are not allowed to sign players until after July 2nd, teams often have deals in place with their top targets to ensure they will be signing with them as soon as possible. The Rangers continued their trend of signing top talent and have rounded out their top talent this year after taking Dillon Tate, Eric Jenkins, and Michael Matuella in the MLB Draft. They have been able to keep the team competitive this year and are setting up their farm system to remain in the top 10 heading into the 2016 season. They are also building up their assets if they are looking to make a move at this trade deadline or in the years to come. Let’s take a look at the two major signing the Rangers made yesterday.
The top international prospect available was a name that many Rangers fans will be familiar with. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., son of Vladimir Guerrero, was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays.