The Texas Rangers aren’t known for their incredible farm system, but they have collected some of the best young talent around. Which two Rangers prospects made the list, and when will they reach the MLB?
According to MLBPipeline.com, the Texas Rangers have two prospects in the top 100 list that was released on Saturday. Rangers outfielder Leody Taveras and Willie Calhoun are ranked among the top 100 in baseball right now.
19-year-old switch hitting phenom Taveras is ranked No. 34 on the list. Lefty slugger Calhoun who was acquired by the Rangers in July, is ranked No. 53 in the top 100. Both players are respectively the top two prospects on the team list.
Calhoun is considered the No. 2 prospect at second base, but will likely be fighting for playing time in left field. The 23-year-old slugger is block by Rougned Odor at second, so the Rangers must find a new home for Calhoun.
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He was incredible in the minors last season, hitting .300 with 31 home runs and 93 RBIs in 128 games in Triple-A. He joined the Rangers in September and went 9-for-34 during his short stint in Arlington.
Calhoun is expected to be the leading candidate for the starting left fielder job. Although, Drew Robinson and Ryan Rua will give him a competitive push in Spring Training. A decent performance in spring will likely be enough for the Rangers to give Calhoun the every day job.
The Rangers will likely have to wait until at least 2020 to see Taveras. He’s considered to be a five-tool player, but still has plenty of development left in him. He’s raw, but the Rangers know they have a special talent waiting in the wings.
Last season, Taveras hit .249 with eight home runs, 50 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases in 134 games in Single-A. He won’t be in Arlington for a couple of years, but many expect him to be a franchise type player once he’s here.