The Texas Rangers have all but accepted their fate – playoffs are probably off the table for 2022. While they certainly haven’t been eliminated yet, and there’s still much baseball to be played over the next seven weeks, the eyes are set on 2023 and beyond. If you ask me, this year more than anything symbolizes what the Rangers are trying to prioritize going forward: creating, not buying their future stars.
Yes, the club opened up the pocketbooks for a star-studded middle infield. However, one of the most criminally misunderstood aspects of the Rangers direction as a franchise is that many fans of other teams believe Texas shelled out $500 million hoping two players would fix its losing woes. This could not be any more fundamentally incorrect – they brought in Semien and Seager to anchor an emergence of a farm system that has been completely revamped, while veteran guys like Brad Miller, Charlie Culberson, and Kole Calhoun have been given plenty of opportunities.
The last four months have been frustrating at many points for a fan base hungry for a return to October baseball, but they have provided us with the emergence of many young Rangers players who could be key contributors for years to come. Jonah Heim has emerged as one of the best catchers in baseball, both with the glove and the bat. Leody Taveras has completely transformed his game as a reliable run producer with great athleticism. Cole Ragans has looked (mostly) pretty great in his first couple of starts. There are more examples, but the larger point is that the organization is prioritizing a structure around their prospects – prospects who now have a chance to showcase their talents during the final month of the year.
Hence, we have finally reached the point in the season where teams have a clearer picture of where they’ll be in October and how they can utilize the two extra roster spots in September to best suit their needs, thanks to the MLB’s September Call-Up rule. The Texas Rangers have been staunch in vocalizing their desires: They intend to compete for (and in) the playoffs in 2023. So who are the last two pieces of the youth puzzle this year that should get a month of Major League service time and possibly chip in to those plans?
3 Texas Rangers prospects that could be called up in September
There are three guys that I think each have their own case and bring specific benefits in their hypothetical call-ups.