The Texas Rangers future is made up of the prospects currently in the organization. Which prospect continues the rankings at #15?
As we continue this offseason into Spring Training, 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.
#15: SS, Chris Seise
Continuing our Top Prospect rankings here at Nolan Writin’ is shortstop, Chris Seise. Seise was drafted in the first round of the 2017 draft by the Texas Rangers with the 29th overall pick. The now 20-year old infielder was drafted out of West Orange High School in Florida and signed for $2,000,000. Seise is a player that has shown tremendous upside since he was drafted but he did miss all of the 2018 season after requiring rotator cuff surgery.
In 2017, Seise split time between the Arizona Rookie League and with the Short-Season Spokane Indians. In Rookie League, Seise played in 27 games hitting an impressive .336 with a .509 slugging percentage. His OPS was an outstanding .904 and he was able to produce runs driving in 27 runs for an RBI per game average.
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In his time with Spokane, Seise played in 24 games making up the rest of his first pro season. He hit .222 which was a significant dip from his time in Rookie Ball and saw his OPS nearly cut in half to just .504. Obviously, the jump to Short-Season was a quick one for a player fresh out of high school but expectations are that he can bounce back fairly well.
Having missed the entire 2018 season, we can expect Seise and the Texas Rangers to take it slow this upcoming season with no need to rush. MLB Prospect Watch notes Seise’s above-average speed and arm paired with a quality glove and believes Seise has the ability to stick at shortstop in the long-term.
In 2019, I’d expect Seise to spend the majority of the season back in Short-Season with Spokane as he works his way back from injury. He’s a player with the ability to quickly climb his way up the prospect charts and the organizational ladder. He has the tools defensively and if he can continue to develop at the plate, he could become a lethal offensive and defensive shortstop.