Oftentimes, we judge the Texas Rangers‘ farm system or any team’s system based on a top-30 prospect list. It’s easily accessible and convenient and gives us a rundown of the supposed “top” talent in the minors for a the team.
But lists are subjective, and rankings vary widely across different platforms. One thing you’ll notice about this list, though: you won’t find these names across different iterations of a Texas Rangers top prospect list for 2021. That doesn’t make these players less talented or intriguing to watch over the next few months and years, though.
The depth of the Rangers’ system is lauded across baseball, and it’s time to show that off a bit. With that, here are 3 underrated prospects we suggest keeping an eye on the rest of the season.
Texas Rangers underrated prospects: 1B/3B Dustin Harris
An 11th round draft pick by the Oakland A’s in 2019, Harris was dealt to the Rangers as part of the Mike Minor trade in 2020.
Not a well-known prospect, that hasn’t stopped the infielder from raking in both Low-A Down East and High-A Hickory, with a combined .316/.392/.899 triple slash in 294 at-bats. He also has 12 home runs and 22 steals on the season.
With that kind of athleticism, MLB.com believes he has what it takes to handle any of the four corner positions of first base, third base, left field and right field.
We were wondering if Texas received enough in return for Mike Minor after trading him to division rival Oakland in 2020, and I think it’s safe to say with the way Dustin Harris is playing in the minors, the answer is yes.
Look for him to graduate to some top prospect lists as others receive promotions to the big leagues.