Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: Texas Rangers

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)



Jurickson Profar (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

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).