Texas Rangers: Established Core, Top Prospects Destined for Greatness?
By Kenneth Nash
Future Impact Options
With a core of established players already filling out a lot of the key pieces, we can shift our attention to those future players who are sure to have an impact at the big league level. These young players will slot in where the club has holes and needs and potentially put this team over the top in terms of competitiveness.
Having already looked at the contracts of those core big league players, the Rangers have prospects who aren’t far away from making their mark in Arlington and where they rank in our Texas Rangers Top Prospects list.
LHP Taylor Hearn (10), INF Eli White (12), LHP CD Pelham (17), OF Willie Calhoun (NR), OF Carlos Tocci (NR), C Jose Trevino (NR), RHP Ariel Jurado (NR), RHP Brett Martin (NR), RHP Ronald Herrera (NR)
LHP Brock Burke (6), LHP Joe Palumbo (7), RHP Jonathan Hernandez (9), RHP Wei-Chieh Huang (NR), C Josh Morgan (NR)
A+ Down East
OF Bubba Thompson (3), OF Leody Taveras (4), INF Anderson Tejada (8), RHP Tyler Phillips (14), RHP AJ Alexy (20, RHP Demarcus Evans (22), RHP Michael Matuella (NR), INF Diosbel Arias (NR), 1B Tyreque Reed (NR), OF Eric Jenkins (NR)
RHP Hans Crouse (1), OF JP Martinez (2), SS Chris Seise (15), 3B Jonathan Ornelas (18), OF Pedro Gonzalez (19), C Sam Huff (NR), 3B Sherten Apostel (NR)
For fear of just listing out the roster of every minor league team in the organization, I’ll stop there. Hopefully, though, that gives a good picture of what this system holds in terms of top talent. Not every single one of these players will make it to the bigs and some of those that do won’t make it in Arlington. However, at the top of the system, we see pitchers that while they may not be “ranked” prospects, seem to have the potential to be impact players.
Drop down into Down East and Hickory and you see where the best players in the Rangers system lie. Plenty of hard-throwing pitchers and athletic fielders open up a world of possibilities for the future.