Prospects #16 – #20
#20 RHP Owen White, Injured List
White, 20, was the Rangers 2nd round pick last season and has three quality pitches (fastball and curveball grade 60, and grade 55 changeup). The Texas Rangers made White sit out after he was drafted last season to work on learning and conditioning. Before White could even make his professional debut with the Rangers, he suffered an injury, requiring Tommy John surgery, and is expected to be out until the 2020 season.
#19 LHP Cole Ragans, Injured List
Cole Ragans, 21, was the Rangers 1st round pick in 2016, and pitched really well in the minors, but suffered an injury during the spring of 2018 that resulted in him having Tommy John surgery. As he was nearing his return from Tommy John, and preparing for a rehab start, he suffered another UCL injury, causing him to have yet another Tommy John surgery, keeping him out until at least mid-2020.
#18 RHP Demarcus Evans, Frisco Roughriders (AA)
Evans, 22, has dominated out of the bullpen at both of his stops so far this season, posting a 1.11 ERA across 40.2 innings. With a plus-plus fastball and a plus curveball, Evans has been able to dominate hitters, striking out 72 of his opposing batters. The issue for him is his command, as he has issued 30 walks. There is a good chance that Evans may find himself in the majors this season.
#17 RHP Joe Barlow, Nashville Sounds (AAA)
Joe Barlow has climbed from A+ ball at the beginning of the season to now find himself in AAA with the Sounds. He very well may be the next relief pitcher that the Texas Rangers call up when they are in need of one. Across his three stops, he has posted a 0.87 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 41.1 innings.
#16 RHP Jonathan Hernandez, Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
Hernandez, 23, was one of the rapidly up-and-coming prospects for the Rangers last season but has run into a brick wall since he was promoted to Frisco, posting a 5.40 ERA, and his ERA has gotten even higher this season. Early in the season, Hernandez was considered a top 10 prospect by most of the prospect lists for the Rangers, but he has just been horrible this season, as his 5.78 ERA proves. Hopefully, he can right the ship and get back on track, because he has terrific grades. Concerns about his ability to start long-term may force him into the bullpen.