Respect has been hard to come by for the Texas Rangers‘ minor league pipeline. At the beginning of the season, many of the major experts and prospect sites had the system ranked below average, providing a dim outlook for the future.
The organization’s minor league ranks had always been deep, but never getting the credit it rightfully deserved. But an active July featuring a memorable trade deadline and draft have shook things up some in the new farm system rankings across baseball, the Texas Rangers included.
Now, the team finally appears to be commanding the respect of experts in the prospect arena.
In the latest farm rankings update from Baseball America, the Texas Rangers placed 11th in all of baseball, just missing the top-10, but still an impressive leap from below average.
Texas Rangers’ farm system finally earning respect in latest farm system rankings
Led by top-100 prospects Cole Winn, Josh Jung and Jack Leiter, a path to a bright future is becoming increasingly clear in Arlington, and Baseball America has taken note.
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FanGraphs also released a new farm system ranking, with the Rangers placing 14th in baseball, which is roughly average. Again, a noted improvement from where they were being ranked prior to the season. The active draft and trade deadline has not gone unnoticed by the experts.
With Justin Foscue mashing, it’s possible Texas adds a fourth top-100 prospect to their ledger in time for the off-season rankings. Don’t rule out guys like 2020 second rounder Evan Carter and the prospects acquired in the Joey Gallo trade like Ezequiel Duran, Josh Smith and Trevor Hauver either. Or Luisangel Acuna. Or Sam Huff. Or Cole Ragans. Or even underrated names who don’t crack a top 30 list at the moment.
Yeah, this is fun to think about.
All this depth seems to be culminating in shooting up the farm system rankings, and with more talent infusions on the way over the next couple of years, the Texas Rangers can easily crack the top 10 pipelines in all of baseball, a sign that the rebuild has been successful and thus, readying to take the next step.
We want to be so stacked, in fact, that we’re the ones making the trade for Joey Gallo at the trade deadline rather than selling him away. And acquiring assets for the farm system is the best way to do so. Let’s confide in Chris Young and Jon Daniels, who seem to be approaching this rebuild full throttle. That’s the only way to go if winning baseball is to return to Globe Life Field.