Updated Texas Rangers Top Prospects: #6-15
By Cody Smith
Prospects #11 – #15
#15 RHP Ryan Garcia, Spokane Indians (Short-Season)
Kicking off the list is the Rangers 2nd round pick from the draft last month. He was terrific at UCLA, and the Rangers currently have him with the short season team in Spokane. Garcia, 21, is graded with four solid pitches that he can throw, and looks like he will be a mid-rotation player. He was the PAC-12 Pitcher of the Year for the 2019 season, and posted a high strikeout rate with a low walk total.
#14 2B/OF Nick Solak, Nashville Sounds (AAA)
Coming into the season, Solak, 24, was rated by MLB.com as the #9 second base prospect, and a top 100 prospect by Fangraphs. This season, he has been a solid hitter for Tampa Bay, and has shown great power. He probably should be higher on the list, but his age and poor arm are why he is ranked here. There is a chance he could challenge Rougned Odor for the starting 2nd base job next season if he can improve his defense.
#13 C Sam Huff, Frisco RoughRiders (AA)
21 year-old Sam Huff has been a great breakout for the Texas Rangers minor league teams. Starting the season in A ball, he dominated, hitting .333 across 30 games with 15 home runs, quickly earning a promotion to A+. Since his promotion, he has hit .266 in 55 games with 9 home runs. His exit velocity is similar to some guy that the Rangers have by the name of Joey Gallo. Huff could have a shot at a late season call-up next year, given the Rangers catching woes.
#12 INF Jonathan Ornelas, Hickory Crawdads (A)
Last seasons 3rd round pick for the Texas Rangers, 19 year-old Ornelas, hit .302 for the Rangers Arizona league team, and has been solid this season in Hickory. He should be able to play all over the infield, and shows the potential to be an above average defender, as well as a solid hitter.
#11 OF Julio Pablo Martinez, Down East Wood Ducks (A+)
23 year-old Martinez, was the highlight of the Rangers international signing class in 2018. He is higher on most lists, but given his struggles this season, as well as his age, he is lower on this one. Since his promotion to Down East, Martinez is .227, but his bat has shown life over the past 30 days, as he has hit .305. He shows plus hitting, fielding, and speed, it’s just a matter of when he can harness it.