Texas Rangers 60-Man Roster Prospect Analysis
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3B Josh Jung and C Sam Huff, the top two prospects in the system, are not on the 40-man roster, but the Rangers added them here for their 60-man player pool this season. Their next two highest-ranked prospects, CF Leody Taveras and 2B/OF Nick Solak, are on the 40-man and are here as well, as is LHP Joe Palumbo, RHP Jonathan Hernandez and RHP DeMarcus Evans. Palumbo is a potential back-end starter, Hernandez has starter experience but has a fastball he can dial up to 99 mph in short stints, while Evans throws a power invisiball and could possibly play a role in the big league bullpen this year. 3B Sherten Apostel and SS Anderson Tejeda, two other 40-man roster members, are also here, mostly for development purposes.
The most surprising player not on the 40-man roster who the Rangers added to their 60-man player pool is RHP Alex Speas. A second-round pick in 2016, Speas is a 22-year-old reliever who pitched in 28.2 innings for low Class A Hickory in 2018, then had Tommy John surgery that erased nearly all of his 2019 season, though he has shown a triple-digit fastball in his return.
RHP Hans Crouse, the team's top pitching prospect, hasn't pitched above low Class A Hickory yet and is not on the roster. Neither are Ronny Henriquez or Cole Winn, two righthanders who joined Crouse in that 2019 rotation for the Crawdads. They also left off two of their brightest young shortstops, Maximo Acosta and Luisangel Acuña, or any of their 2020 draft picks.
One of the most exciting parts of the Rangers' system is the depth of talent they have at the lower levels of the system, but it has yet to reach full-season ball and the Rangers didn't include any of those players in their 60-man player pool. While Solak figures to play a key role on the major league club from the start, Jung, Huff, Taveras and Apostel are the big prospects to watch when it comes to players who are primarily here for development purposes.