|WHERE THE TOP 10 PROSPECTS ARE|
|1||Jurickson Profar||2/20/1993||ss||Round Rock Express (AAA)|
|2||Mike Olt||8/27/1988||3b/1b||Round Rock Express (AAA)|
|3||*Martin Perez||4/4/1991||lhp||Texas Rangers|
|4||Leonys Martin||3/6/1988||of||Texas Rangers|
|5||Justin Grimm||8/16/1988||rhp||Round Rock Express (AAA)|
|6||Luke Jackson||8/24/1991||rhp||Myrtle Beach Pelicans (HiA)|
|7||Luis Sardinas||5/16/1993||ss/2b||Myrtle Beach Pelicans (HiA)|
|8||Cody Buckel||6/18/1992||rhp||Frisco RoughRiders (AA)|
|9||Jorge Alfaro||6/11/1993||c/1b||Hickory Crawdads (LoA)|
|10||Joey Gallo||11/19/1993||3b||Hickory Crawdads (LoA)|
HE’S WHERE? Uber-tooled catching prospect Jorge Alfaro heads to low Class A Hickory, where he played 74 games last year, to tighten his strike zone (5.3 BB%, 28 SO%) and refine his catching mechanics.
WHO’S MISSING: First baseman Ronald Guzman begins on the disabled list, but he’ll join Hickory when he’s recovered from a knee injury. The 6-foot-5 lefty batter hit .321 in the Arizona League during his pro debut last year.
GO SEE: Texas’ depth is apparent with great prospect pairings up and down the system. At Triple-A Round Rock you’ll see shortstop (for now?) Jurickson Profar and third baseman Mike Olt, the Rangers’ top two prospects. At high Class A Myrtle Beach, shortstop Luis Sardinas and second baseman Rougned Odor reteam as double-play partners. Hickory features the aforementioned Alfaro as well as powerful right fielder Nomar Mazara, who signed for an international-record $4.95 million in 2011, as well as Texas’ top two picks from last year’s draft, center fielder Lewis Brinson (29th overall) and third baseman Joey Gallo (39th).