MLB Pipeline has released the Texas Rangers’ updated list of prospects for the 2021 season, with surprise risers and fallers throughout.
Every year MLB Pipeline updates each of the 30 team’s’ farm system rankings.
Beginning with the AL West, they provided an overview of the Texas Rangers‘ system.
Predictably, the top-five remained the same, with Josh Jung, Sam Huff, Dane Dunning, Leody Taveras and Cole Winn occupying those spots.
The top-10, however, looked a little different than in years past.
Rounding out spots six through 10 were Maximo Acosta, Justin Foscue, Luisangel Acuna, Hans Crouse and Davis Wendzel.
New year, new rankings for the Texas Rangers’ farm system.
Of the notable risers, Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline mentions right-hander Owen White as the biggest jumper.
The former 2018 second rounder was not listed in 2020 and has since jumped into the top-20 for this upcoming season (19th).
After battling injuries since his signing, White is finally healthy and looking for his first chance at professional baseball.
Another guy who made a big jump in the rankings is Evan Carter, the Rangers’ second round pick from 2020.
Carter has yet to play professionally, but has had high projections and has been considered the steal of the 2020 draft by the Texas Rangers. He sits at 16th in MLB’s 2021 rankings.
With every spot taken by a new name, however, one has to get bumped off the list.
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Unfortunately for the Texas Rangers, that guy was Bubba Thompson, who is currently in big league spring training.
Thompson was a highly-recruited two-sport athlete out of high school, but since signing with the Texas Rangers, has yet to play a full, healthy season of baseball.
Thompson could be considered one of the best athletes in the system, but you have to stay on the field to fully showcase that potential.
MLB Pipeline also lists the players who have the best tools in the farm system.
No surprise on the first three, as Josh Jung has the highest-rated hit tool (60), Sam Huff has the highest-rated power (60) and Leody Taveras ranks as the best runner in the system (70).
Defensively for the Rangers, Anderson Tejeda has the best rated arm (60) and showed it off last season at the big league level, while Leody checks off his second box as the best overall defensive player (65).
On the pitching front, three Rangers are tied for the best fastball in the system.
A.J. Alexy, Hans Crouse and Ricky Vanasco all have fastballs listed at 65 on the 20-80 scale, but of course, they have all dealt with one injury or another in their careers. Most notably, Vanasco had Tommy John this past offseason.
Cole Winn, Alexy, Joe Palumbo and Owen White are all tied for the best curveball in the system, each ranking at 65.
Hans Crouse is listed as having the best slider in the system (65), and with his overpowering heater and funky delivery, he could be a very impactful big league arm.
Yerry Rodriguez and Dane Dunning are both tied for their changeup and control, both ranked at 55 a piece. Ronny Henriquez and Cole Winn also have 55 rated changeups.
If you’d like to see the full top-30 list of prospects, click here.