Texas Rangers Top Prospects Prior to the Deadline: 11-20

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: C.D. Pelham #58 of the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Team works the eighth inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: C.D. Pelham #58 of the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Team works the eighth inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: C.D. Pelham #58 of the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Team works the eighth inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: C.D. Pelham #58 of the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Team works the eighth inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

15. RHP Jason Bahr

Jason Bahr is one of the more intriguing prospects the Rangers have right now. At 23, Bahr wasn’t initially a very highly rated prospect. When Texas acquired him from the Giants though earlier this month, Bahr was shooting up prospect rankings as he was dominating lower minor leagues. In 13 starts for the Giants Single-A affiliate, Bahr went 6-4 and held opponents to a .211 batting average while posting an impressive ERA of 2.75. He still needs development and he’s struggled a bit with the Rangers Single-A Advanced team, Down East, but he the potential to be a back end of the rotation starter. At worst he becomes a reliever in the majors.

ETA: 2020

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14. LHP CD Pelham

Pelham, 23, has one of the most electric arms in the Rangers system which is a reason to be excited. A 6’6″ lefty who was once a 33rd round draft pick, Pelham has made improvements in leaps and bounds over the past season. Currently with Double A Frisco, Pelham sports a mid to upper 90s fastball and a low 90s cutter. He struggles with control but his stuff is still menacing to say the least. He’s split 2018 better High-A and Double-A but his number in High-A Down East were fantastic. Working out of the bullpen he appeared in 23 games recording 11 saves while sporting a 1.95 ERA. He’s struggled in Frisco thus far but if he can build up his control a bit he has the makings of a late inning reliever, possibly a closer.

ETA: 2019

13. SS Chris Seise

Seise, 19, has enough potential to be higher up this list, but season ending injury has knocked him down a bit. Still, the 2017 1st round pick of the Rangers has loads of potential. In 2017, Seise split time between Rookie ball and Low-A hitting .284 in 51 games. He has decent power potential but could stand to work on his plate discipline moving forward. His bat, paired with speed give him the tools to stick in a lineup in the bigs. Defensively, he can be a big league shortstop if he can stay healthy.

ETA: 2021

12. RHP Tyler Phillips

A 16th round draft pick of the Rangers in 2015, Phillips is highly ranked because of his potential. A 6’5″ pitcher, he has a low 90s fastball that can create a lot of groundballs. The 20-year old has spent 2018 with Single-A Hickory where he’s made 17 starts posting an 8-5 record with a 3.18 ERA. If he can develop some stuff that’s less hittable, he could develop into a decent end of the rotation starter as he has all the physical tools necessary. I’d peg him as a potential number 4 starter in the big leagues.

ETA: 2021

11. INF Anderson Tejada

Anderson, 20, is currently the highest ranked infielder in the Rangers organization. Naturally a shortstop, Tejada sports an above average arm from the position. In 2018, he’s played in 92 games for the Single-A Adv. Down East Wood Ducks and hit .256 with 14 homeruns. A lefty at the plate, he could stand to work on plate discipline as he strikes out a bit much already but he has the power to be a major league hitter. If he continues to develop, Tejada could be a major league shortstop, although I see him moving to 2nd or 3rd due to speed.

ETA: 2020

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