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  1. 1. Jack Leiter | RHP
    Jack Leiter
    Born: Apr 21, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Derrick Tucker.

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: Leiter was drafted by the Yankees out of the Delbarton School in New Jersey, where he was teammates with Anthony Volpe, the Yankees’ current top prospect. Leiter chose to honor his commitment to Vanderbilt, where he spent the 2021 season as arguably the most dominant pitcher in college baseball. He made national headlines on March 20 when he threw a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts against South Carolina. He followed that performance with seven more hitless innings against Missouri in his next start, cementing his starts as appointment viewing. He finished with 179 strikeouts, tied at the top of the NCAA leaderboard with teammate Kumar Rocker. He and Rocker helped lead the Commodores to the College World Series finals, which they lost to Mississippi State. Come July, Leiter was in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick. He fell to No. 2 overall, but his $7,922,000 bonus was the fourth-highest bonus ever and the largest of the 2021 draft by more than $1 million. The draft bonus is the second most a pitcher has ever received, just behind the $8 million Gerrit Cole got in 2011.

    Scouting Report: Leiter had one of the most electric pitch packages in the country, led by a fastball that averaged 94 mph and touched 99. The velocity, coupled with efficient spin, an elite vertical approach angle, horizontal break and carry through the zone, helped the pitch play when located to upper and lower quadrants. Eventually, the Rangers believe, all those characteristics will combine to form a true plus-plus pitch. Both of Leiter’s breaking pitches—a high-70s, downer curveball and a slicing slider in the low 80s—were excellent and generated plenty of swings and misses while with the Commodores. Leiter completes his arsenal with a mid-80s changeup he threw just 4% of the time but still drew whiffs on 39% of swings. Leiter predominantly used his fastball and curveball in college, and one of the first bits of his development will be to incorporate his slider and changeup more often so he can more effectively pitch to advanced hitters. The only true knock on Leiter as an amateur had to do with his smaller stature and ultimate durability. He skipped one start in 2021 due to fatigue, and shorter righthanders—Leiter is listed at 6-foot-1—have long faced questions about whether they can handle the workload required of a big league starter. His height will also generate questions about whether he can generate enough angle on his pitches to avoid becoming homer prone as a professional, something that was an issue in college. Of the 26 runs Leiter allowed in 2021, 17 came on home runs.

    The Future: Leiter did not pitch either in the regular season or at instructional league, though he was at the team’s camp briefly before heading back to Vanderbilt to continue working toward his degree. While there, he continued his workout regimen as if he were going to pitch in a typical college fall ball setting. For his pro debut, the Rangers are strongly considering sending Leiter to Double-A Frisco, where he’ll work toward achieving his ceiling as a top-end starter who can help lead the Rangers into their new era of contending in the AL West.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 55. Control: 50

  2. 2. Josh Jung | 3B
    Josh Jung
    Born: Feb 12, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Tech, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: .326/.398/.592 | 19 HR | 2 SB | 304 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Jung was the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2019 out of Texas Tech, where he spent three seasons and earned Big 12 conference co-player of the year honors in his draft year. He signed for $4.4 million. Jung spent 2020 at Texas’ alternate training site before seeing game action in instructional league. His 2021 season was delayed by a broken foot, but he recovered in time to show his development into a more complete hitter.

    Scouting Report: Jung’s offensive profile took a big step forward in 2021. He worked to make contact earlier, and the result was an increase in pull-side power. He has big-time bat speed and plus raw power, which showed up in a 91.1 mph average exit velocity that tied for second in the organization and was nearly the same as big league power brokers Pete Alonso and Jorge Soler. While he rehabbed his foot injury, he used virtual reality to simulate at-bats and would often watch extended spring training games at the team’s complex in Arizona. Jung has worked hard to up his game defensively and shown a better first step and pre-pitch anticipation. He’s unlikely to be a standout at third base, but he should reach fringe-average with continued work. He has the arm strength to stick at third base, too, and has worked to improve his throwing stroke. Jung is a below-average runner.

    The Future: After a standout look at the upper levels, Jung will likely start 2022 at Triple-A Round Rock and should push for his big league debut. He has the ceiling of a third baseman who fits nicely in the middle of the Rangers’ remade lineup.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

  3. 3. Cole Winn | RHP
    Cole Winn
    Born: Nov 25, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 203
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Orange, Calif., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Steve Flores.
    Minors: 4-3 | 2.41 ERA | 107 SO | 31 BB | 86 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Winn was Baseball America’s 2018 High School Player of the Year and led his Orange Lutheran team to the championship at the National High School Invitational. He struggled with his control at Low-A in 2019, but after a season at the alternate training site and instructional league emerged a much improved pitcher. He was the American League’s starting pitcher at the Futures Game.

    Scouting Report: With a much tighter, more compact delivery, Winn showed improved command and control and started to tap into his massive potential. Winn uses a four-pitch mix fronted by a mid-90 fastball with promising analytic characteristics. The pitch grades out as at least plus in terms of both induced vertical break and vertical approach angle. His most-used secondary pitch is a mid-80s slider which got swings and misses at a roughly 35% clip. The slider pairs nicely with his powerful downer curveball, which has high spin and deep break and remains his signature offspeed offering. Winn worked with pitching coordinator Jomo Arnold to tighten the break on the curveball and turn it into a pitch he could use for early-count strikes as well as chases. Winn also focused this season on sharpening his mid-80s changeup, which has above-average potential.

    The Future: Winn will likely return to Triple-A Round Rock to begin 2022. He has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

  4. 4. Ezequiel Duran | 2B/SS
    Ezequiel Duran
    Born: May 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Juan Rosario/Raymon Sanchez/Victor Mata. (Yankees).
    Minors: .267/.342/.486 | 19 HR | 19 SB | 416 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: The Yankees signed Duran for $10,000 in 2017 and were intrigued by the offensive potential he showed in the first few years of his professional career. He was part of the package Texas received in exchange for Joey Gallo and Joely Rodriguez from the Yankees, and immediately joined the Rangers’ glut of middle infield talent.

    Scouting Report: Duran’s offense is his calling card, especially his big-time power potential. His 90.8 mph average exit velocity was among the best in the organization, as was his maximum of 112 mph. Before the trade, Duran had worked hard to improve his contact rates against breaking balls, and opposing scouts saw the results. His ability to hit those pitches improved, as did the confidence he showed when he took them for balls. Defensively, Duran can hack it at shortstop, but he’s more likely a third baseman. His hands are fine, but his range and internal clock are somewhat limited. He has plenty of arm strength for the position, but his throwing accuracy will need to be addressed.

    The Future: Like all of the Rangers’ young, talented infielders, Duran will need to add versatility to his game after the additions of Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. He played second, third and shortstop in the Arizona Fall League and has the upside of an offensive-minded infielder at any spot.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  5. 5. Dustin Harris | 1B/3B
    Dustin Harris
    Born: Jul 8, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Trevor Schaeffer (Athletics).
    Minors: .327/.401/.542 | 20 HR | 25 SB | 404 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Harris was Oakland’s 11th-round selection in the 2019 draft out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC. He made it to short-season ball with the A’s before being dealt to Texas in the middle of the 2020 season as part of a two-player package for Mike Minor. In 2021, Harris surprised evaluators both inside and outside the organization with his combination of plus contact paired with above-average power, and finished the year as one of the sport’s biggest breakouts.

    Scouting Report: Harris is as pure of a hitter as can be found in the Rangers organization. He was the only player in the minor leagues in 2021 with 20 or more doubles, home runs and stolen bases with fewer than 100 strikeouts. He accomplished those numbers thanks to a short, compact swing, an innate sense of barrel accuracy and an excellent knowledge of the strike zone. He hits the ball plenty hard, too, with a 90th percentile exit velocity of 101.7 mph. That figure is identical to fellow Top 10 prospect Josh Smith and just a tick below that of Evan Carter. Where Harris plays on defense is a bigger question. He’s not going to be a third baseman long term, which gives him a likely home of first base. At instructional league Harris worked some in left field, where some evaluators believe his athleticism will allow him to play.

    The Future: After dominating the Class A levels, Harris will move to Double-A in 2022. If he can dominate there the way he did in 2021, his stock will soar.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 45.

  6. 6. Justin Foscue | 2B
    Justin Foscue
    Born: Mar 2, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi State, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Brian Morrison.
    Minors: .275/.371/.590 | 17 HR | 2 SB | 229 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Foscue starred at Mississippi State and earned a spot on USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team during his sophomore season. The Rangers made him their first-round pick and signed him to an under-slot bonus of $3.25 million, then let him get his feet wet at the alternate training site and at instructional league. He showed a combination of power and hittability during his pro debut but scuffled a bit once he got to Double-A.

    Scouting Report: Foscue’s season was interrupted by a pair of injuries to his midsection, but when he was on the field, especially at High-A, he showed the ability to hit for both average and power. The latter was especially clear during a torrid stretch in July when he hit nine home runs in eight games. He’s got plenty of power from a short swing, but he will fall in love with the home run at times and get out of his approach. Opposing scouts also saw a player with a stiff swing and holes on the outer third of the strike zone, which became somewhat exposed once he got to Double-A. Defensively, Foscue is not a particularly rangy or agile player, but he will make the routine plays and has a fringe-average arm. He’s a below-average runner.

    The Future: After struggling at Double-A, he’s likely to return there to begin 2022. Foscue will have to shore up his hit tool in order to reach his ceiling as an offensive-minded second baseman.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 45.

  7. 7. Owen White | RHP
    Owen White
    Born: Aug 9, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--China Grove, N.C., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jay Heafner.
    Minors: 4-1 | 3.06 ERA | 56 SO | 12 BB | 36 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Although White was drafted in 2018, he didn’t make his official pro debut until 2021. He was rested post-draft in 2018, missed 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery and then lost 2020 to the coronavirus pandemic. His 2021 season was shortened after he broke his hand during the opening start of the season and didn’t return until August before shining down the stretch and again in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: During his time rehabbing his broken hand, White evolved. He tweaked the grip on his four-seam fastball to give it more true riding action, and the results showed in the data. His mid-90s four-seamer posted a truly elite swing-and-miss rate of nearly 46% and showed strong spin rates and movement patterns. White also throws two-seam and cut fastballs to give him an array of pitches that move in different directions. He backs up the fastballs with a full mix of curveball, slider and changeup. Both breaking balls show promising analytical qualities but still need refinement. He worked this year to throw his high-70s curveball for strikes and chases, and he’s trying to become more consistent in general with the way he throws his low-80s slider. His changeup, thrown in the mid 80s, has excellent separation from his fastball and projects as average.

    The Future: White was excellent in the AFL, where he was mostly making up as much lost time as possible. He’ll move to High-A next year and is one of the system’s most promising pitching prospects.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.

  8. 8. Evan Carter | OF
    Evan Carter
    Born: Aug 29, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS-- Elizabethton, Tenn., 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Derrick Tucker/Ryan Coe.
    Minors: .236/.438/.387 | 2 HR | 12 SB | 106 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Carter was one of the biggest surprises of the 2020 draft and flew under nearly everybody’s radar. The Rangers’ amateur scouting department was ecstatic on draft day and have grown even more so with the way Carter has performed as a pro. He opened the year as the youngest position player on a full-season roster but had his year cut short by a hairline fracture in his back.

    Scouting Report: The Rangers were excited by Carter’s tools when they drafted him, but the polish he’s shown both at instructional league and in his time at Low-A have immediately validated those feelings. He did an excellent job commanding the strike zone and rarely chased pitches out of the zone. When he swung, he hit balls hard. His average exit velocity was just a hair above 91 mph, which is impressive for any player, but especially one so young. He has the speed and instincts to play center field, too, and the average arm to fit in a corner if necessary.

    The Future: Despite the small sample in 2021, Carter should move up to High-A in 2022. He’s got one of the bigger upsides in the organization and could become a center fielder who can do a little bit of everything.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

  9. 9. Josh Smith | SS/2B
    Josh Smith
    Born: Aug 7, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Louisiana State, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Mike Leuzinger.
    Minors: .309/.429/.535 | 13 HR | 26 SB | 288 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Smith was a standout both at Louisiana State and in the Cape Cod League, where he was teammates with future NL Rookie of the Year Jonathan India and future NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray. The Yankees selected Smith in the second round of the 2019 draft, then traded him in 2021 to the Rangers as part of the package used to acquire Joey Gallo and Joely Rodriguez.

    Scouting Report: Smith’s season was delayed by a few weeks after he dove into a tarp during minor league spring training, but once he got on the field he showed an enticing blend of tools and polish. He did an excellent job working counts to get pitches to drive, then punished balls from gap to gap. He rarely chases, and when he swings at pitches in the zone he almost never misses. Smith hits the ball hard as well, with an average exit velocity of 91.1 mph and a max of 106 mph. Smith is a capable shortstop but likely will begin to move around the diamond to increase his versatility.

    The Future: Now that the Rangers have locked up Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to fill their middle infield spots, Smith likely fits the role of a super-utility player. He could make his big league debut in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  10. 10. Luisangel Acuna | SS
    Luisangel Acuna
    Born: Mar 12, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 181
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Rafic Saab.
    Minors: .266/.345/.404 | 12 HR | 44 SB | 413 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Ronald Acuña Jr.’s younger brother is starting to create a name for himself. He was signed as one of the headliners of the team’s 2018 class and responded by raking in the Dominican Summer League in his first season as a pro. After starring again at instructional league, Acuña had a promising year at Low-A Down East, where he ranked as the league’s No. 9 prospect.

    Scouting Report: Acuña’s excellent glovework at shortstop nabbed him the organization’s defender of the year award. He has smooth, athletic actions in the field and a plus arm to play on the left side of the diamond and the footspeed to move to the outfield. At the plate, Acuña is an aggressive hitter with a quick, whippy swing and the strong hands to drive balls out with authority. His 12 home runs led the Wood Ducks. He’s made improvements to the way he understands the strike zone, which will help hit and power tools the Rangers believe are both average or better. He’s an above-average runner whose stolen base totals were helped by the rules at Low-A designed to promote movement on the basepaths.

    The Future: Acuña will move to High-A Hickory in 2022. He’ll continue to play up the middle but could see some time in the outfield because of the logjam created up the middle by the signings of Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

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