What Texas Rangers prospects can make MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 in 2021?
By Kenneth Nash
SS Maximo Acosta
Maximo Acosta has a much shorter sample size to rely on with the Texas Rangers organization having just signed with the club in 2019’s J2 period. He joined the organization as the #16 prospect in the system per Pipeline after being the #20 international prospect in this year’s class. However, since he signed with Texas, his stock has soared as he has shown on numerous occasions that he is advanced for a 16-year old. Defensively, he has the tools to stick at short which is key but his offensive upside continues to grow each time he steps into the box.
MLB Pipeline thinks he could become a 20 homer, 20 steal player and considers him an advanced hitter for his age. When Pipeline releases their 2020 organization rankings, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see Acosta near the top five and he should be a lock to be in the top ten. He’s already gained high praise from Jamey Newberg who covers Texas for The Athletic as well as national publications like Baseball America.
We have yet to see him make his pro debut in the US but that could come as early as this year. If he continues to improve and puts out a strong showing in the minors in 2020, he could catapult up many prospect charts. He trails Taveras in this potential Top 100 ranking just because he lacks the long-term pedigree of Taveras but there are many who think Acosta is the next big thing in the Texas Rangers prospect pool.