SEE ALSO: Midseason Top 10 Prospects
|Rangers Midseason Top 10|
|1. Leody Taveras, CF|
|2. Ronald Guzman, 1B|
|3. Bubba Thompson, OF|
|4. Yohander Mendez, LHP|
|5. Cole Ragans, LHP|
|6. Ariel Jurado, RHP|
|7. Miguel Aparicio, OF|
|8. Hans Crouse, RHP|
|9. Josh Morgan, C/SS|
|10. Joe Palumbo, LHP|
From the top of the organization to bottom, 2017 has been a major disappointment for the Rangers.
After winning 95 games and winning the American League West last year, the Rangers are treading water just below .500, stuck in a difficult place of being neither obvious buyers nor sellers, though as the Astros pull away with a commanding division lead, the latter seems more likely.
The team's young big league talent hasn't broken out. Rougned Odor has regressed, Joey Gallo shows humongous power but struggles with contact and Nomar Mazara hasn't developed into the middle-of-the-order hitter the Rangers had hoped.
Not much has gone right in the minors either. A thinned-out farm system has seen several players struggle, with more spare parts than impact talent or projected everyday regulars in the organization.
That could change quickly, of course, depending on whether the Rangers become sellers and how much they're willing to trade. Yu Darvish (whose contract expires at the end of the season) and Cole Hamels (under contract through 2018 with a 2019 club option) would be valuable trade chips who could help the Rangers restock the system in a hurry.
As of now, however, the Rangers' appear hesitant to move in that direction. A year ago, the Yankees were in a similar position, but they used the trade deadline to reload the system with Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and Dillon Tate. It's time for the Rangers to think along those lines.