Texas Rangers Prospects: Josh Jung is knocking on the big league door
Texas Rangers‘ No. 2 prospect Josh Jung is all aboard the Round Rock Express!
On Friday, the organization announced that their top position player prospect (and 2nd best overall) would be promoted from AA Frisco to AAA as he prepares for a potential September call-up.
No. 2 prospect Josh Jung is one level away from joining the big league Texas Rangers
In 169 at-bats for Frisco in 2021, the 2019 first rounder slugged to a .910 OPS with 10 home runs and a .366 on-base percentage, making good on those elite bat-to-ball skills scouts have praised Jung for having as a prospect.
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Jung is the latest in a recent wave of promotions within the Texas Rangers’ organization, and it’s both validating and exciting to see the fruits of rebuild labor knock on the door of the big leagues.
Hampered by a foot injury for most of the season, it looked like 2021 would be a lost year for Josh Jung. He was out for months and only got back to regular game action by June, followed by a recent stint on the COVID IL. It’s quite possible that without the injury, the 23-year-old would’ve made his Arlington debut already, as he was trending in that direction.
All in all, Jung still has a fighting chance to be a September call-up to the Rangers, which would be a boon for him and for the organization given all he’s been through to this point.
At the very least, a strong September impression (should he get the opportunity) at the big league level would put Jung in a favorable position to land the starting third base job right out of spring training in 2022. Continuing his torrid hitting pace at Round Rock over the next few weeks should determine whether he ultimately receives the call this season or not.
Nonetheless, it’s finally happening: Josh Jung is on the doorstep of becoming a big leaguer.