Who thought Texas Rangers top prospect Josh Jung was going to have one heck of a Major League debut last Friday night? Jung got a huge ovation from the home crowd that attended his debut against the Toronto Blue Jays.
What happened next is like something out of a storybook or a movie script. He took a high fastball and sent it over the left field wall for his first major league home run. I’ll get to the highlight in just a second but I wanted you guys to see the interview Bally Sports Southwest Rangers In-Game Host Emily Jones did with his parents after the home run.
Let’s find out who made the lists this week in this edition of the Texas Rangers Weekly Report.
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Hot
I guess Mathias wants to make sure he cements a roster spot for himself for next season. In the last 22 at bats, Mathias has six hits, three homers and eight RBIs. He also hit his first ever walk-off home run the other night against the Athletics. He could be our utility player next year if he finishes the season strong.
The man of the hour made sure Ranger fans who attended his major league debut got a taste of what he can do for this team. Jung has seven hits, two homers and four RBI’s in his first week in the major leagues. The sky is the limit for this man and I can’t wait to see how he finishes the season. Here is the highlight and the best moment of the season for the Rangers.
Ornelas is one of those “flying under the radar” prospects for the Rangers. Ornelas leads Double A with the most hits this season. He has helped propel the RoughRiders into a possible playoff spot which they can clinch in the final series against the Arkansas Travelers. I’d keep an eye on him as he could be promoted to Triple-A next season.
Garcia will not let the Rangers get blown out by an opponent this season and he showed it this week. Garcia basically jump started the Rangers back into games this week with home runs. Check out this home run that got us back into the game Sunday against the Blue Jays. I can’t wait to see who will join him in the outfield next season.
Marcus Semien is another player that has provided the offense this past week. Semien had 11 hits, seven RBI’s and two homers this past week. He also had the most embarrassing moment of the week when he forgot he was the lead off batter against the Athletics Wednesday Night. See, he’s just like us!
Texas Rangers Weekly Report: Who’s Not Hot
Dane Dunning, Kohei Arihara and Cole Ragans
Two of these pitchers will more than likely not be back next season. Dunning and Arihara had terrible outings this past week which cemented them not being back with the team next season. Cole Ragans however, I want to see him under the new pitching staff next season before moving on from him.
I think Doug Mathis and the current pitching staff has “wrecked” his progress and his mental state on the mound. Along with Cole Winn, Ragans has one more season to show the Rangers he’s worth keeping around before moving on from them.
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