Minor league baseball will be wrapping up the regular season on all four levels in the next couple of weeks. Some teams have been promoting some of their top prospects to see if they belong at the next level to start the 2024 season. That is exactly what the Texas Rangers did on September 3rd with their first-round selection in the 2023 MLB Draft.
After having huge success with the Hickory Crawdads to start his professional career, Wyatt Langford got his first taste of Double-A baseball this past week when he got promoted. Rangers fans in the metroplex packed Dr. Pepper Ballpark to get their first look at the top prospect.
He will probably remain with the RoughRiders through the end of their regular season. Let's take a look at how he did this past week against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and what it means for his next steps in his first full season in the minor leagues next season.
Wyatt Langford: How did he do this past week in Frisco?
Langford was exceptional this week as he continued what he did with Hickory. He finished this past week with a batting average of .300 and an OPS of .894. He got a taste of playing in left field and as the designated hitter. He also made a spectacular play to catch a foul ball which you can see in the replay below.
The one thing that really stuck out to me this past week was his patience at the plate. He walked six times and only struck out once. Moving him up to the Double-A level was the right move for the Rangers to make. He finished learning all that he could with the Hickory Crawdads and playing against tougher teams is the only way he can continue to develop.
Wyatt Langford: What does it mean for next season?
More than likely we will see Langford return to Frisco or get promoted to Round Rock. There is a very slim chance that he will be on the 2024 Rangers Opening Day roster next season. He will more than likely spend a full year down in the minors before making it to the big leagues.
In conclusion, Langford demonstrated to RoughRiders fans why he will be a part of the Rangers franchise moving forward. With his excellent fielding skills and patience at the plate, he will fit right in with the Texas Rangers in a couple of seasons. For now, sit back and enjoy watching him develop into a potential MLB All-Star.