3 Texas Rangers prospects that could be called up in September
#2 – Dustin Harris (1B/3B)
Dustin Harris, AKA the 2021 Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year, is a profoundly exciting prospect that I personally feel gets overlooked in this new wave of hope in our minor leaguers. He does not yet showcase the flashiest of statistics, but if eye tests accurately graded players, I think he’d revel in the fanfare.
Harris’s greatest strength is his versatility. Though drafted and traded to Texas as a first baseman, he’s proven his ability to play third base as well, and the club has expressed interest in trying him out in the corner outfield spots at the benefit of his powerful arm. He has respectable speed, stealing 19 of his 24 attempted bases this year. He can hit to all areas of the park as a lefty. He has commendable plate discipline and doesn’t strike out at an alarming rate. Now, I don’t necessarily think rushing guys into pro ball straight from Double-A is a smart decision. It hardly ever does any good for either the player or club, and depending on the scenario, it can completely warp the timeline of that player’s true ETA.
Yet, it’s difficult to ignore a career .873 OPS in just shy of 1,000 MiLB at-bats for a player who is only very recently 23. Though he hasn’t yet earned the promotion to Round Rock, his scouting grades lead me to believe he could really produce in a short window of time this year as the season winds down. Getting him a small major league sample size and starting him in Round Rock next year seems like the safest bet going forward, but the kid is loaded with potential in all areas of play. He could serve as a potential bright spot at any of four positions (1B/3B/LF/RF) that are all easily the most upgradeable for the big league club at the moment, and though it would kick in his service clock rather early in his schedule, it makes all the sense in the world to try and see where Harris can help out at those spots.