The Texas Rangers‘ farm system has a unique identity: it’s loaded with tons of depth, but it lacks in the way of frontline talent.
That’s not to discredit the importance of having quality depth in the minor league ranks, but it’s certainly an anomaly among the top systems in baseball, to which the Rangers have the 11th-best per MLB Pipeline.
Elite talent is present on the farm, with Jack Leiter heading that crop, along with Josh Jung and potentially Cole Winn. But outside of Leiter and perhaps Jung and Winn, the Texas Rangers’ farm system is stacked with a bunch of good, not great players. Some, however, have tantalizing upside, including pitchers Owen White, TK Roby and Ricky Vanasco. We’ll see what that ultimately means down the line.
For now, though, Texas is definitely lacking in the frontline talent department when it comes to the minors.
That’s where Pablo Guerrero could help.
Pablo Guerrero is the type of impact talent that could boost the Texas Rangers’ farm system even more
Guerrero, the brother of Toronto Blue Jays star Vlad Jr. and the son of former Ranger Vladimir Guerrero Sr., recently posted a workout video on social media, and it’s evident that he has that Guerrero family baseball touch.
He bats right-handed just like brother and son, displaying impressive pop at just 15 years old. He’s also got an cannon of an arm from what we can gather in the video.
Clearly, Guerrero has the kind of raw tools (and lineage) that can make him one of MLB’s next bright young stars. The Texas Rangers drafted Jack Leiter this past summer, the son of former MLB pitcher Al Leiter, and can continue along this trend by signing Vladimir Guerrero Sr.’s son.
Guerrero wouldn’t come without risk, of course. He’s just 15 years of age, but that gives him plenty of time to mature into his frame. The Rangers would be in no rush with his development, just as they’ve taken their time with other international signings.
For Texas, the reward of having a high-upside outfield prospect in a system that mostly lacks upper echelon talent at the position would far outweigh any risk. They should jump in and make a splash for Guerrero.