Texas Rangers: 3 underrated prospects to keep an eye on this season

Seth Carlson
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 28: A general view as Dennis Santana #56 of the Texas Rangers pitches against Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning at Globe Life Field on July 28, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 28: A general view as Dennis Santana #56 of the Texas Rangers pitches against Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning at Globe Life Field on July 28, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /
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Texas Rangers underrated prospects: RHP Zak Kent

A recent recipient of a minor league promotion to Double-A Frisco, RHP Zak Kent is having a fabulous 2021 season for the Texas Rangers.

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Drafted in the same year as Dustin Harris, Kent was selected in the 9th round by the Texas Rangers in 2019 out of the Virginia Military Institute. And also like Harris, Kent is not listed as a top organizational prospect at the moment, but that’s not stopping him from having a great season as well.

In 60.1 minor league innings and 9 games started for Hickory prior to his aforementioned promotion, Kent posted a 2.83 ERA and 78 strikeouts along with a 1.01 WHIP, which makes it easy to see why the Rangers liked him enough to move him up to AA.

Kent also reportedly has “some of the best stuff” that Texas scouts have seen this year, and while he won’t get the same level of recognition as Jack Leiter or Cole Winn, he’s worth watching as the season progresses.

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