Texas Rangers: Ranking Top Young Players by Long-Term Potential

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 22: Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers celebrates a three-run homerun with Nomar Mazara #30 against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 22, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 22: Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers celebrates a three-run homerun with Nomar Mazara #30 against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 22, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 16: Jose Trevino #71 of the Texas Rangers looks on during an at bat against the Colorado Rockies during the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 5-2. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 16: Jose Trevino #71 of the Texas Rangers looks on during an at bat against the Colorado Rockies during the eighth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 16, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 5-2. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

The Recurring Cast

These are the guys that will play a role in the immediate depth of the Texas Rangers. Whether that be the first guy on the bench, consistent bullpen pitchers or back end of the rotation starters.

Jose Trevino, C (Age: 25)

Whilst the story surrounding Trevino’s debut was a blast to experience, Trevino won’t probably see himself as a starting catcher in the MLB. Despite some initial hopes that he could be a long-term replacement for Chirinos, I find it hard to believe the Rangers will put him in the starting role. He is stellar defensively but doesn’t offer much at the plate.

Future Role: Backup Catcher

Yohander Mendez, LHP (Age: 23)

Yohander Mendez struggled in his first MLB start and then found himself sent to the Minors as punishment for violating team rules. Now he’s all the way down in Single-A as part of a reset program to get him on the right track. Despite all the negativity recently, he still has some potential as pitcher in the Rangers organization with some development.

Future Role: 4th/5th Starter

Ricardo Rodriguez, RHP (Age: 25)

Ricardo Rodriguez is the newest addition the the Rangers active roster and is currently providing some bullpen depth due to injuries. He could though find himself as a long-term option as a reliever with some good showings.

Future Role: Bullpen Depth

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