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 30: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers makes the throw to first base for the final out of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 30, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – JUNE 30: Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers makes the throw to first base for the final out of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 30, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

All-Star Caliber

Pretty self explanatory. These guys have the ability to be the one of the best at there position at some point in their career.

Keone Kela, RHP (Age: 25)

Even though he may be on the trade block, he’s still by far the best reliever in the Rangers organization. He’s firmly grabbed hold of the closer role and run with it. A high 90’s fastball paired with a sharp breaking ball, his demeanor matches what’s needed to be one of the best closers in baseball.

Future Role: Elite Closer

Jose Leclerc, RHP (Age: 24)

I continue to be part of the Leclerc fan club. A hard throwing righty, he’s shown poise in late inning situations at a very young age. Assuming he only gets better, I wouldn’t be shocked if he becomes the Rangers closer at some point down the line. The sky really is the limit for Leclerc and at some point, I believe he could crack an All-Star roster.

Future Role: All-Star Reliever

Rougned Odor, 2B (Age: 24)

This will definitely be my most controversial projection. I stand by Rougie though. Despite a poor year in 2017 and bad start to 2018, he’s still a player who was hitting nearly .270 as a 22-year old everyday starter. I fully believe he can regain that form and continue to grow. He’s improved immensely as a defensive second baseman and I believe can merge his power at the plate with better discipline.

Future Role: All-Star 2B

Willie Calhoun, LF/DH (Age: 23)

Willie “June” Calhoun is the player Rangers fans are waiting for. Considered a top tier prospect, he’s thought to have the makings of an elite big league hitter. Still in Triple-A working on his defense, when Calhoun makes the jump to the majors, expectations will be high and so will results.

Future Role: All-Star DH

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