The Texas Rangers will be busy in free agency this winter as they try to put together a winning roster for next season. While adding big-name free agents is cool and exciting, let’s look at promoting some of the top prospects to the Opening Day roster. Here are five prospects that could be promoted to the majors next season.
Texas Rangers prospects to promote: 5. 3B Josh Jung
Let’s start off with someone who we all know will probably make the roster. Josh Jung is the top prospect right now for the Texas Rangers (Jack Leiter has yet to actually play).
Jung’s batting average in the minors last season was .326 and had 19 home runs on the season. He doesn’t need to improve on anything there next season and should be on the Opening Day roster as the starting third baseman in Texas.
He could’ve been up in 2021 if not for injuries.
Texas Rangers prospects to promote: 4. Jack Leiter
Jack Leiter will most likely be sent down to Double-A to start his career with the Rangers to start the season. The only reason I have him on here is if the Rangers strike out on big-name pitchers like Clayton Kershaw or Marcus Stroman, among others. He could be a training camp surprise and not need any time in the minors, though that’s just a pipe dream at this point. We’ll see him in 2023 for sure.
Texas Rangers prospects to promote: 3. Cole Winn
Cole Winn did pretty well posting a 2.31 ERA and striking out 97 batters in Frisco last season. I think he will start in Triple-A next season, but don’t be surprised if he is a training camp standout and makes the roster if we don’t get a decent starter in free agency.
Texas Rangers prospects to promote: 2. Justin Foscue
Justin Foscue had a high on-base percentage of .317 with the Frisco Roughriders last season. His batting average was also consistent with what major league players averaged last season as well.
After going on a homer tear in Hickory, he was promoted to AA Frisco, where he’ll begin the season in all likelihood. Should he make the big leagues next season, though, he would be a perfect backup player for the roster if Nick Solak needs a day off.
Texas Rangers prospects to promote: 1. Blaine Crim
Blaine Crim, also known as “the Crimm Reaper” had a good season last year, with 29 home runs and 80 RBI’s. If he comes in and has a good spring season in 2022, more than likely he will be promoted to the 40-man roster and even more exciting, the opening 26 as a bench player.
Texas Rangers prospects to promote: Conclusion
It will be interesting to see if the Texas Rangers can pull any big fish free agents to play in Arlington next season. It will be disappointing for fans if they can’t persuade any big free agent to play given how much the front office has talked up free agency this off-season, so we hope for their sake and ours, that doesn’t happen. If the Rangers do strike out, though, they have plenty of big-name prospects that can fill up spots on the roster.