3 moves we’re glad the Texas Rangers made in 2021
By Seth Carlson
Drafting Jack Leiter with the No. 2 overall pick
If Adolis Garcia was the best thing to happen to the big league team, then Jack Leiter was the best thing to happen to the minor league system in 2021 (with all due respect, Cole Winn!).
Drafting the Vanderbilt ace second overall was a moment of pure elation for Rangers fans everywhere. Leiter was the consensus best pitcher available in the draft, and it was shocking when the Pittsburgh Pirates passed up on him in favor of catcher Henry Davis first overall. A Pirate loss was a Ranger gain.
Leiter brings more upside from a pitcher in the Rangers farm system than one has in a long time. There’s real excitement about his potential and what he has a chance to be, to the point where he’s already the top-ranked prospect in the pipeline, leapfrogging Josh Jung, without having pitched a pro inning.
Not only does Leiter have big league pedigree in his DNA (Al Leiter was his father), he’s a winner and an alpha personality on the mound. And now he’s a Texas Ranger, where he’ll be one of many beacons of hope to come as the franchise starts to emerge from a rebuild.