The Midseason Top 10 Prospect lists are compiled from conversations with front office officials and scouts from all 30 teams. Players who have exhausted prospect eligibility or were in the Major Leagues on June 26 are not eligible. Draftees from the 2015 draft are also not eligible.
As the all-star break neared, the Rangers found themselves in the difficult netherworld of the mediocre middle.
Texas was 41-43 four days before the all-star break. A disastrous, injury-plagued April put the Rangers so far back (8-16 at one point) that the team has had to fight just to return to respectability. At its best, Texas looks like a potential playoff contender–the Rangers went 21-8 at one point to vault back into spitting distance of the Astros only to collapse back to the muddled middle once again.
In many ways, fighting back to around .500 is an accomplishment for Texas, which has had to figure out how to survive significant injuries to starting pitchers Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison and Derek Holland as well as a second season-ending injury for middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Josh Hamilton has played well since returning from Los Angeles, but he's also joined the injury brigade, and the usually durable Adrian Beltre has also spent time on the disabled list.
The Rangers now have to figure out how much they are willing to spend to shore up some clear holes and paper over the injuries in what looks to be a competitive AL West race.
The good news for Texas is that the farm system is having an outstanding year. Even with four members of the preseason Top 30 Prospects list graduating to the big leagues, the Rangers are stronger in the minors than they were when the season began thanks to steps forward for Nomar Mazara, Nick Williams, Ryan Cordell and a number of pitchers.
MIDSEASON TOP 10
1. Joey Gallo, 3b
Gallo's month-long cameo in Arlington gave Rangers fans a good look at his strengths and weaknesses. He hits massive home runs, has some defensive versatility (he played third, left and even center field with the Rangers) and draws enough walks to counteract some of his strikeout tendencies. Even in his short stay, he was intentionally walked three times—second on the team to Prince Fielder. But he's currently nearly helpless against lefthanders (.477 OPS) which becomes even more important in a very lefthanded Rangers' lineup, and was sent to Triple-A.