Found April 24, 2014 on Batting Leadoff:
The Texas Rangers have a pretty good farm system despite recent promotions for elite prospects like Jurickson Profar and Martin Perez. There aren’t any bona fide stars among the Rangers’ current prospects, but Odor, Alfaro, and Gallo could become special players. Choice and Jackson should develop into good Major League players and Bostick is a high floor, low ceiling prospect who should become a good utility infielder. The rest of the players on this list are raw, high ceiling prospects. 1. Rougned Odor, 2B                 5’11”   170 lbs. Odor had a great year in the Carolina League and Texas League in 2013 as a 19 year old. He hit .303 with a .362 OBP, 58 extra base hits (11 HR), and 31 SB. Odor is an excellent hitter, especially given his age. However, he could stand to draw more walks (34 in 2013). Odor is a good athlete with a high ceiling. He’s a little unpolished at 2B, but should be able to remain at the position in the long run. Odor could become an All-Star. 2. Jorge Alfaro, C                       6’2”     185 lbs. Alfaro spent most of 2013 in the South Atlantic League and made a few appearances in both the Arizona League and Carolina League. He hit .265 with a .346 OBP, 43 extra base hits (18 HR), and 18 SB. While Alfaro flashes solid power and gets on base, his BA was low and he struck out 122 times last year. He’s fairly raw behind the plate and must improve to remain at the position. He projects as a good Major League catcher. 3. Joey Gallo, 3B                         6’5”     205 lbs. Gallo showcased his immense power in the South Atlantic League and Arizona League in 2013. He hit .251 with a .338 OBP, 68 extra base hits (40 HR), and 15 SB. Unfortunately, he did strike out 172 times last year. Gallo is difficult to project as he seemingly either crushes the ball or strikes out. Gallo is an average defender at 3B and will most likely move to a corner outfield spot in the long run. Gallo will impact a Major League roster with his bat, but he has to refine his plate approach and defense to become an everyday player. 4. Michael Choice, OF                6’         215 lbs. Choice was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft and has played well thus far in his career. In the Pacific Coast League in 2013, he hit .302 with a .390 OBP and 44 extra base hits (14 HR). Choice hits well for average and is good at getting on base. However, his power hasn’t yet developed as scouts had thought. He can play CF, but is better suited to a corner outfield spot. Choice has the ability to develop into a good everyday Major League player. 5. Luke Jackson, RHP                6’2”     185 lbs. Jackson had a great year in the Carolina League and Texas League in 2013. In 128.0 total IP, he had a 2.04 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 9.4 K/9. He performed well on all three of those metrics, demonstrating his potential. His fastball works in the mid-90s and he flashes a plus curveball. He’s still pretty raw and his control needs to improve if he is to succeed against more advanced hitters. If he reaches his potential, Jackson will become a mid-rotation starter in the majors. 6. Luis Sardinas, SS                    6’1”     150 lbs. Sardinas split 2013 between the Carolina League and Texas League. His combined stats (.288 BA, .342 OBP, 24 extra base hits, 32 SB) were solid, but not great. Sardinas hits well for average and shows good speed on the bases, but he generates virtually no power. He’s an excellent defensive player who is adept at both middle infield positions. Regardless of his offensive limitations, Sardinas should become a good everyday Major League player. 7. Nick Williams, OF                  6’3”     195 lbs. Williams played fairly well in the South Atlantic League in 2013. He hit .293 with a .337 OBP, 19 doubles, 12 triples, and 17 HR. Williams flashes good power and hits for a good average. However, he rarely walks (15 in 95 games) and he strikes out far too often (110 K last year). Williams has to improve his approach at the plate to trim his strikeouts and draw more walks. This will be essential to his success at more advanced levels. Williams has the tools to play all three outfield spots. He could develop into a solid everyday Major League player. 8. Chris Bostick, 2B                    5’11”   185 lbs. Bostick played well in the Midwest League in 2013. He hit .282 with a .354 OBP, 47 extra base hits (14 HR), and 25 SB. Bostick is a solid player: he can hit for average, get on base, steal bases, and he shows good pop for his position. The only real hole in his game is that he strikes out too often (122 K in 129 games last year). Defensively, he can handle both SS and 2B, but will most likely play 2B in the long run. He has the skills to be a solid Major League player. 9. Alex Gonzalez, RHP              6’2”     195 lbs. Gonzalez was the Rangers’ 1st round pick in the 2013 draft. In 14 starts between the Northwest League and Carolina League last year, Gonzalez had a 3.80 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 7.4 K/9. Even though 14 starts is a limited sample and last season was his first as a professional, those numbers are less than ideal from a 1st round pick. Despite his performance thus far, scouts still feel that Gonzalez has a high ceiling due to his makeup, velocity, and potentially plus slider. Gonzalez has to refine his control to become a relevant prospect. If this occurs, he’ll be a mid-rotation starter in the majors. 10. Lewis Brinson, OF                  6’3”     170 lbs. Brinson was the Rangers’ 1st round pick in the 2012 draft and his performance thus far hasn’t justified his draft position. His 2013 performance in the South Atlantic League was fairly pedestrian as he hit .237 with a .322 OBP, 41 extra base hits (21 HR), and 24 SB. Brinson has to improve his BA and reduce his mind-boggling strikeout total (191 K in 122 games last year). He cannot succeed against more advanced pitching if he doesn’t trim his strikeouts. Brinson is a good defensive CF and has the tools to remain at the position in the long run. If he develops, he could become a good everyday Major League player. Image courtesy of Scott Lucas The post Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects appeared first on Batting Leadoff.
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