Texas Rangers: Ranking Top Young Players by Long-Term Potential
By Kenneth Nash
These players are the guys who are future starters for the Texas Rangers. They may not be elite or top tier, but they will hold down everyday spots on the team. As pitchers, these are mid rotation starters or guys that make regular appearances out of the bullpen.
Martin Perez, LHP (Age: 27)
Martin Perez is that player that just quite hasn’t panned out the way as hoped. Some injury struggles have slowed his development as well but he always seems to progress then take a step back. Despite this, he still is a valuable pitcher for the Rangers considering he’s only 27 years old. He’s never going be an ace but Texas will still use him regularly if he can get healthy.
Future Role: 3rd/4th Starter
Alex Claudio, LHP (Age: 26)
Alex Claudio is about as unorthodox as they come. A lefty out of the bullpen he’s made his way with lots of movement on his mid-80’s fastball and high 70’s offspeed. Even though those don’t look like Major League speeds, he’s made it work for him which is why he’s become one of the more consistent relievers Texas has.
Future Role: 7th Inning Reliever
Isiah Kiner-Falefa, INF/C (Age: 23)
As fun as it would be for IKF to turn into an All-Star player, it’s just no going to happen. We’ve seen about what his ceiling is going to be. However that’s still more than the Rangers could’ve asked for. A super utility player, Isiah could still serve in a unique position. Rather than a utility man who only plays every once in awhile, he could start regularly by slotting in at different positions as needed.
Future Role: Fringe Everyday Player
Delino DeShields, OF (Age: 25)
Delino has turned into a stellar defensive center fielder, there’s no doubt about it. He’s been able to translate his blazing speed into elite ranger. His biggest knock though is consistency at the plate. Texas has tried him as a leadoff guy but he seems to have found a role as the 9th batter in the order. If he finds more consistency at the plate, he can lockdown his role for the foreseeable future.