3 reasons to get excited about the Texas Rangers in 2022
#2- Top prospects will begin making their big league debuts
The big name free agents the Rangers signed this winter won’t be the only new faces in town for 2022.
It’s widely expected that some of Texas’ top prospects will make their big league debuts next season, among them third baseman Josh Jung and starting pitcher Cole Winn, who happen to rank second and third, respectively, on MLB Pipeline’s Rangers Top-30 prospects list.
The farm as a whole rose to the 11th spot in MLB.com’s rankings by the end of 2021, a testament to the emphasis Texas has placed on acquiring and developing young talent during this rebuild.
Jung could potentially win a job right out of spring training, which wouldn’t be surprising given that he had not been injured in 2021, he would’ve been a big leaguer already. The Rangers will likely handle him with caution, though, as they will with Winn.
Even a cautious plan of action would have Jung in the big leagues before the All-Star break in 2022, however. I could see Winn joining him closer to September with a strong carryover performance next season after a great 2021.
Top prospects aren’t the only name of the game though. Don’t sleep on hidden gems like Blaine Crim, for example. There’s lots to like on Texas Rangers’ player development front in 2022.