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1. Jurickson Profar, ss
2. Mike Olt, 3b/1b
3. Martin Perez, lhp
4. Leonys Martin, of
5. Justin Grimm, rhp
6. Luke Jackson, rhp
7. Luis Sardinas, ss/2b
8. Cody Buckel, rhp
9. Jorge Alfaro, c/1b
10. Joey Gallo, 3b
Best Hitter for Average Jurickson Profar
Best Power Hitter Joey Gallo
Best Strike Zone Discipline Jurickson Profar
Fastest Baserunner Leury Garcia
Best Athlete Lewis Brinson
Best Fastball Wilmer Font
Best Curveball Justin Grimm
Best Slider Nick Tepesch
Best Changeup Martin Perez
Best Control Nick Tepesch
Best Defensive Catcher Jorge Alfaro
Best Defensive Infielder Luis Sardinas
Best Infield Arm Leury Garcia
Best Defensive OF Engel Beltre
Best Outfield Arm Preston Beck
Catcher Jorge Alfaro
First Base Mike Olt
Second Base Jurickson Profar
Third Base Adrian Beltre
Shortstop Elvis Andrus
Left Field Ian Kinsler
Center Field Lewis Brinson
Right Field Leonys Martin
Designated Hitter Joey Gallo
No. 1 Starter Yu Darvish
No. 2 Starter Matt Harrison
No. 3 Starter Derek Holland
No. 4 Starter Martin Perez
No. 5 Starter Justin Grimm
Closer Neftali Feliz
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Mark Teixeira, 3b Yankees
2004 Adrian Gonzalez, 1b Dodgers
2005 Thomas Diamond, rhp Out of baseball
2006 Edinson Volquez, rhp Padres
2007 John Danks, lhp White Sox
2008 Elvis Andrus, ss Rangers
2009 Neftali Feliz, rhp Rangers
2010 Neftali Feliz, rhp Rangers
2011 Martin Perez, lhp Rangers
2012 Jurickson Profar, ss Rangers
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 John Danks, LHP White Sox
2004 Thomas Diamond, RHP Twins
2005 John Mayberry, OF Phillies
2006 Kasey Kiker, LHP Rockford (Frontier)
2007 Blake Beavan, RHP Mariners
2008 Justin Smoak, 1B Mariners
2009 Matt Purke, LHP Nationals
2010 Jake Skole, OF Rangers
2011 Kevin Matthews, LHP Rangers
2012 Lewis Brinson, OF Rangers
Leonys Martin, 2011 $5,000,000
Nomar Mazara, 2011 $4,950,000
Mark Teixeira, 2001 $4,500,000
Jairo Beras, 2012 $4,500,000
Justin Smoak, 2008 $3,500,000
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With nine games to go in the regular season, the Rangers had the best record in the American League and looked poised to make a run to their third straight American League pennant. But when Texas lost seven of its final nine contests, including five to the hard-charging Athletics, it ceded the AL West crown to Oakland.

The A’s defeated the Rangers 12-5 in the final game of the season, relegating them to the AL Wild Card Game, which Texas lost at home to the Orioles by a score of 5-1.

Much like his team, Josh Hamilton faded down the stretch. He seemed destined for his second AL MVP award in three seasons when he batted .368/.420/.764 with 21 homers in the first two months, but he did little in June or July and didn’t homer in his final 52 at-bats of the season.

Rangers fans booed Hamilton lustily after he struck out twice and grounded out weakly, seeing just eight pitches, in the wild-card game defeat. No doubt they remembered that he dropped a routine flyball in center field the day before to key an A’s rally. The boos were a sign of how much expectations for him—and the team—have changed during the last three seasons.

Hamilton will test free-agent waters this offseason, with a cloud of uncertainty hovering over his potential return. If he departs Texas—as premier free agents Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson did following the 2010 and 2011 seasons—then the Rangers have the talent to replenish from within.

The roster retooling actually began in 2012, when the Rangers spent $111.7 million ($51.7 million posting fee, $60 million contract) to import Yu Darvish from Japan. Rookie relievers Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers carved out significant bullpen roles, while second-year lefty Michael Kirkman held opponents to a .182 average.

Texas also gave a preview of coming attractions by promoting shortstop Jurickson Profar and third baseman Mike Olt from Double-A before the end of the season. Two of the game’s top prospects, neither played much but could carve out regular big league roles in 2013 despite being blocked by all-stars Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre at their best positions.

For the third year in a row, the Rangers sacrificed minor league talent during the season to strengthen the big league team. The most significant losses came when they surrendered third baseman Christian Villanueva and righthander Kyle Hendricks to acquire Ryan Dempster from the Cubs at the July deadline.

In years past, trades for Mike Adams, Cliff Lee and Koji Uehara cost the Rangers young players like Blake Beavan, Chris Davis, Robbie Erlin, Tommy Hunter, Justin Smoak and Joe Wieland. That the system continues to thrive even after the defections testifies to the job Texas does scouting at all levels, domestic, international and professional.

The Rangers continue to be as active in Latin America as any club. One year after committing $13.4 million in bonuses to sign Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin and Dominican outfielders Ronald Guzman and Nomar Mazara, Texas agreed to terms in February with Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million. MLB later suspended Beras for one year—though his contract was approved, and he can be reinstated July 1—when it learned that the outfielder originally had understated his age.

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