Texas Rangers Top 25 Prospect Rankings: #24, Scott Heineman

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 05: Infielder Miguel Gomez #52 of the San Francisco Giants throws over the sliding Scott Heineman #85 of the Texas Rangers to complete a double play during the second inning of the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 5, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 05: Infielder Miguel Gomez #52 of the San Francisco Giants throws over the sliding Scott Heineman #85 of the Texas Rangers to complete a double play during the second inning of the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 5, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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The Texas Rangers future is made up of the prospects currently in the organization. Which prospect continues the rankings at #24?

As we hit the middle of the offseason, we’re looking at the Top 25 prospects in the Texas Rangers organization. These are the players that have performed through the 2018 season and offer the most for the club moving forward.

#24: Scott Heineman, OF

The 24th ranked prospect in the Texas Rangers system is 26-year old, Scott Heineman. Heineman is a name that Rangers fans likely are somewhat familiar with as he has spent a fair amount of time in the upper levels of Texas’ organization. Heineman was drafted by Texas in the 11th round of the 2015 draft out of the University of Oregon. A right-handed hitter who has spent time in all the outfield positions, Heineman has a shot at hitting the big league club in Arlington at some point this upcoming season.

After being drafted in 2015, Heineman spent the majority of 2016 with the Rangers High-A affiliate at the time, High Desert. In 134 games Heineman managed a .303 batting average and a .891 OPS getting him some notice within the organization. In just his 2nd year of pro ball, Heineman spent all of 2017 with Double-A Frisco. A consistent .284 average in 117 games paired with a .790 OPS showed the promise that Heineman had so quickly into his pro career.

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In 2018, Heineman spent time in both Double-A and Triple-A. For Frisco, he appeared in just 7 games skewing his numbers a bit but he did get 12 hits in 23 at-bats, good for a .522 average. He made the jump to Triple-A Round Rock where he spent most of the season playing in 107 games for the Express. This is where his number really jump off the page because of the substantial sample size. Heineman hit .295 while with Triple-A Round Rock with a .355 on-base percentage. His OPS was .784 and he’s not a crazy power threat but he did manage 20 doubles and 11 homers last season.

The reason Heineman isn’t with the MLB club already is due to the logjam of outfielders Texas currently has. Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara, Willie Calhoun, Carlos Tocci and Delino DeShields are all expected at this point to be with the Rangers at the start of next season leaving no room for Heineman to get his shot. His best bet is for Texas to trade one of these guys opening up a spot for him to get some playing time. Until then, he likely will be stuck in Triple-A again in 2019.

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