Rangers: Three Rule 5 draft prospects team should consider
By Ethan Worley
2) Omar Estevez
Omar Estevez is a 22-year old 2B/SS in the LA Dodgers organization. Estevez is also among those expected be selected on Thursday. The Rangers have the second overall pick in the Rule 5 draft, and if they want Estevez, they will probably need to use an early pick to select him.
Estevez rose up the minor league ranks quickly. He debuted in the Dodgers minor league system at just 18 years old, jumping right into A-ball.
After spending the 2016 season in A-ball, Estevez played at High-A in 2017 and 2018. He spent all of 2019 in Double-A, except for a brief rehab stint in the Arizona League, hitting an impressive .291/.352/.431 that season.
His ability to hit for contact is needed in the Rangers lineup after they were 29th in batting average in 2020 with a .217 team batting average and a suspect .648 team OPS.
While Isiah Kiner-Falefa is expected to handle primary shortstop duties next year, second base could be a wide open competition after Rougned Odor put up a career-worst .623 OPS and a -0.8 bWAR in 2020.
Omar Estevez could be worth the gamble to help solve the Rangers’ woes at second base.