Rangers: Three Rule 5 draft prospects team should consider
By Ethan Worley
1) Packy Naughton
Packy Naughton is a 24-year old left handed starter currently in the Los Angeles Angels organization. He is listed as Los Angeles’ 12th best prospect and could be a valuable pickup for the Texas Rangers.
He spent 2019 between Class A advanced and Double-A, putting up impressive stats in both leagues.
Starting in High-A, Naughton put up an impressive 2.63 ERA with a 5.56 K/BB ratio. After being promoted to Double-A, he continued his impressive pitching, throwing to a 3.66 ERA through 105.2 innings. While his strikeout per nine innings ratio fell to 6.9 in Double-A, he kept his walk rate low, only allowing 2.2 walks per nine innings.
With Lance Lynn gone, Kyle Cody is the only starting pitcher left from 2020 with a sub-5 ERA. While Dane Dunning will take one of the spots in the rotation, the current rotation is weak enough that Naughton could earn a spot given the chance.