Updated Texas Rangers Top Prospects: #6-15

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JUNE 08: Joe Palumbo #62 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the second inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 08, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JUNE 08: Joe Palumbo #62 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the second inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 08, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 25: Taylor Hearn #63 of the Texas Rangers adjusts his belt after giving up another run in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on April 25, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /

#10 3B Davis Wendzel, Injured List

The Texas Rangers used the draft pick they received in the Alex Claudio trade to draft Baylor’s former 3rd baseman, Wendzel. He hasn’t made his minor league debut yet, but there are reasons to be excited to see him. He shows some similarities to Justin Turner from the Dodgers in his appearance, and likely will at the plate. He has an above average hit tool, and should become and above average defender as well.

#9 LHP Brock Burke, Frisco RoughRiders (AA)

Lefty Brock Burke, 22, was one of the main guys that the Rangers received in the Jurickson Profar deal in the offseason. As a Ranger, he has struggled to stay healthy, and he has an 0-5 record in six starts in Frisco. Although he has a bad record, his ERA of 4.40 shows that he hasn’t been as bad as the record may indicate. Burke can become a middle of the rotation starter, once he gets his command down. At the worse, he would probably become a reliever with his solid fastball-slider combo.

#8 LHP Taylor Hearn, Injured List

Prior to his injury, Hearn, 24, was having a solid season in Nashville, where he posted a 4.05 ERA across four starts, before being called up to the majors and getting injured. Hearn was the main part of the return in the Keone Kela deal last season. He projects to become a middle to end of the rotation starter. His control is a bit iffy, so there is a good chance he could become a late-inning reliever with a plus-plus fastball.

#7 SS Anderson Tejeda, Down East Wood Ducks (A+)

Tejada, 21, has the potential to be an excellent defender, given his plus-plus arm, combined with above average fielding. Pair that with above average power, and he could become a great infielder when he makes it to the show. He has some work to do, and is still waiting on his power to come in, but with some work he could find himself playing in Arlington in a few seasons if he has a breakout campaign in the minors.

#6 LHP Joe Palumbo, Nashville Sounds (AAA)

24 year-old lefty, Joe Palumbo has flown through the Rangers farm system since his return from Tommy John surgery last summer. After starting in the rookie league in 2018, he jumped all the way to Frisco to end the season, and has already made his MLB debut this season. He is believed to become a middle of the rotation starter, given that he has three above average pitches to pair with good control. Depending on what the Texas Rangers do at the trade deadline, he could find himself as an regular big league starter by the end of this season.

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