2018 Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects

Rangers Top 10 Prospects
1. Willie Calhoun, OF/2B
2. Leody Taveras, OF
3. Hans Crouse, RHP
4. Cole Ragans, LHP
5. Yohander Mendez, LHP
6. Ronald Guzman, 1B
7. Kyle Cody, RHP
8. Miguel Aparicio, OF
9. Bubba Thompson, OF
10. Chris Seise, SS

GOT QUESTIONS? Rangers Top 10 Chat


For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: RHP Jose Leclerc (22).

Trending: ◀️▶️ Adding Willie Calhoun in the Yu Darvish deal helps Texas keep pace with last year's standing.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: While Willie Calhoun is ready to make an impact in 2018, the players in the system with the most upside are at the lower levels. Leody Taveras is a dynamic center fielder with exciting tools in the batter's box and in the field. Righthander Hans Crouse, lefthander Cole Ragans, shortstop Chris Seise and outfielders Bubba Thompson and Miguel Aparicio are all Top 10 Prospects who have either little or no experience in full-season leagues.

Weaknesses: The Rangers have a promising young core of position players in Texas with Rougned Odor, Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, but they are light on prospects at the upper levels. Lefthander Yohander Mendez should help this year, but the arms with the highest ceilings in the organization won't factor into the 2018 picture.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Willie Calhoun.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Willie Calhoun.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Drew Robinson.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Bubba Thompson.
🔸Best Athlete: Bubba Thompson.
🔸Best Fastball: Hans Crouse.
🔸Best Curveball: A.J. Alexy.
🔸Best Slider: Kyle Cody.
🔸Best Changeup: Yohander Mendez.
🔸Best Control: Collin Wiles.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Jose Trevino.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Michael De Leon.
🔸Best INF Arm: Anderson Tejeda.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Leody Taveras.
🔸Best OF Arm: Leody Taveras.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Matt Whatley (25)
🔸1B Ronald Guzman (26)
🔸2B Rougned Odor (27)
🔸3B Joey Gallo (27)
🔸SS Elvis Andrus (32)
🔸LF Miguel Aparicio (22)
🔸CF Leody Taveras (22)
🔸RF Nomar Mazara (26)
🔸DH Willie Calhoun (26)
🔸SP Hans Crouse (22)
🔸SP Cole Ragans (23)
🔸SP Cole Hamels (37)
🔸SP Yohander Mendez (26)
🔸SP Kyle Cody (26)
🔸CL Keone Kela (28)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: SS Elvis Andrus (Rangers) | WAR: 28.8
🔸2009: RHP Neftali Feliz (Royals) | WAR: 7.5
🔸2010: RHP Neftali Feliz (Royals) | WAR: **
🔸2011: LHP Martin Perez (Rangers) | WAR: 6.1
🔸2012: SS Jurickson Profar (Rangers) | WAR: 0.0
🔸2013: SS/2B Jurickson Profar (Rangers) | WAR: **
🔸2014: 2B Rougned Odor (Rangers) | WAR: 4.2
🔸2015: 3B Joey Gallo (Rangers) | WAR: 3.3
🔸2016: 3B Joey Gallo (Rangers) | WAR: **
🔸2017: OF Leody Taveras (Rangers) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: 1B Justin Smoak (Blue Jays) | WAR: 4.7
🔸2009: LHP Matt Purke (Did Not Sign, White Sox) | WAR: N/A
🔸2010: C Kellin Deglan (Yankees) | WAR: N/A
🔸2011: LHP Kevin Matthews (Braves) | WAR: N/A
🔸2012: OF Lewis Brinson (Brewers) | WAR: N/A
🔸2013: RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (Rangers) | WAR: 0.4
🔸2014: RHP Luis Ortiz (Brewers) | WAR: N/A
🔸2015: RHP Dillon Tate (Yankees) | WAR: N/A
🔸2016: LHP Cole Ragans (Rangers) | Top 10
🔸2017: OF Bubba Thompson (Rangers) | Top 10


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