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  1. 1. 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: .295/.397/.489 | 12 HR | 28 SB | 397 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 60/High

    Track Record: The Rangers shocked the industry by selecting Carter with their second-round pick in 2020 and signing him away from a commitment to Duke with a bonus of $1.25 million. The combination of not playing in many summer showcase events and the lost 2020 season meant that Carter didn't get as much exposure as typical prep prospects. Area scouts Derrick Tucker and Ryan Coe saw enough to pound the table for Carter, and he has repaid their confidence in spades. The Rangers immediately showed their confidence in Carter by jumping him over extended spring training and the Arizona Complex League to send him to Low-A Down East for his pro debut in 2021. He was the youngest player in the Carolina League when he debuted, and was the third-youngest player on a full-season roster on Opening Day, behind only Oakland's Robert Puason and the Marlins' Eury Perez. Carter showed hints of his potential with Down East before a back injury ended his season after jut 32 games. He arrived in 2022 no worse for wear and showed a tantalizing combination of contact, barrel accuracy, strike-zone discipline and speed in a season spent mostly at High-A Hickory. The staggered minor league schedule allowed Texas to push Carter to Double-A for the season's final week and the Texas League playoffs. He went 9-for-21 in the regular year and helped Frisco claim the TL championship.

    Scouting Report: Carter has all the ingredients to be an impact player at the top of a lineup. His knowledge of the strike zone is extraordinary for someone so young and with such little experience. These traits showed in his outstanding chase and in-zone miss rates of just 17% and 15%, respectively. Overall, he swung and missed just 22% of the time, a figure that places him among the best in the system. He also did an excellent job hitting balls with the ideal combination of exit velocity and launch angle. Now, he needs to get stronger, and the Rangers believe his frame has plenty of room for extra muscle. Internal evaluators point to Carter's large hands and feet as reason to believe that the strength gains will come as he continues to grow into his body, though outside scouts are a little more skeptical based on his narrow frame. Defensively, Carter is athletic enough that he should be able to balance strength gains with the lithe athleticism needed to remain in center in the long term. He already plays an excellent center field, with range in all directions. Carter also blends plus speed with the instincts to swipe plenty of bags as he moves up the ladder. He stole 28 bases in 2022, but the total might have been higher if he hadn't played through a foot injury resulting from a foul ball at the plate.

    The Future: Carter will return to Double-A to begin 2023, when he'll continue his quest to marry his top-flight plate discipline with a bit more thump. He has the ceiling of an excellent regular with a few all-star appearances.

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

  2. 2. 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: 9-2 | 3.59 ERA | 104 SO | 23 BB | 81 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Almost since the moment he was drafted, White's development has been stagnated. The Rangers rested him post-draft, he missed the 2019 season with Tommy John surgery and then lost 2020 to the pandemic. His 2021 season was limited to just 35.1 innings by a broken hand suffered during his first start of the season. He made up for lost time by pitching in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named the league's pitcher of the year. The 2022 season was White's fullest yet, but he still missed two months of the second half at Double-A Frisco with fatigue in his pitching arm. White returned for the Texas League playoffs and struck out all six hitters he faced in Frisco's championship-clinching win.

    Scouting Report: Despite pitching just 113.2 innings since being drafted in 2018, White has established himself as the clear top arm in Texas' system. He boasts a full four-pitch complement, led by a mid-90s fastball that peaked at 98 mph and grades as plus despite just average shape. White's best offspeed pitch is a mid-80s slider with excellent spin and shape that got chases at rate of nearly 39%. His slider is followed closely by a curveball that averages nearly 3,000 rpms of spin and shows powerful downer break in the high 70s. Though his changeup is the fourth pitch in his arsenal, White throws it for plenty of strikes and scouts believe it could get to an average offering. He also throws a low-90s two-seamer, but it isn't a featured part of his mix. White ties everything together with plus control and a fierce competitive streak that draws raves throughout the organization.

    The Future: After closing the year in Double-A, White will likely move to Triple-A Round Rock to begin 2023 and could push for a callup by season's end. He was added to the 40-man roster in November.

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

  3. 3. 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: .266/.326/.540 | 9 HR | 1 SB | 124 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: When Jung stays healthy, he hits. Unfortunately, he's had serious trouble staying on the field since being drafted eighth overall out of Texas Tech in 2019. After earning co-Big 12 Conference player of the year honors in his draft season, Jung signed for $4.4 million, then spent what would have been his first full season as a pro at the Rangers' alternate training site in 2020. A broken foot limited him to 78 games in 2021 and shoulder surgery delayed the start of his 2022 season until July 28. Nonetheless, he recovered in time to make his big league debut on Sept. 9. He hit five home runs in 26 games, including one against 2021 American League Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray.

    Scouting Report: The 2022 season was the first time Jung showed real weakness at the plate. Between Triple-A and the big leagues, he struck out 74 times against just 11 walks. He was extremely aggressive during his time in the minor leagues, swinging nearly half the time and missing on pitches in the zone around 20% of the time. Rangers officials believe Jung was pressing a little bit and expect him to look a bit more like himself with further experience. That's especially true considering injuries and the pandemic have limited him to just 777 plate appearances in three seasons. Jung is mostly steady at third base but struggles on hard shots hit his way. He's got the body control and agility to make accurate throws from a variety of angles, which mitigates his below-average arm strength. He's a below-average runner.

    The Future: The Rangers have the middle infield locked up for a long while, but they have a vacancy at third base. Jung will battle with Ezequiel Duran for the spot, but first base is an option, too.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50

  4. 4. Luisangel Acuna | SS/2B
    Luisangel Acuna
    Born: Mar 12, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 181
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Rafic Saab.
    Minors: .277/.369/.426 | 11 HR | 40 SB | 357 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: Acuna is the younger brother of Braves superstar Ronald Acuna Jr. and signed out of Venezuela in 2018. He had a breakout season in 2021 at Low-A, where he was the ninth-ranked prospect in the Carolina League. Acuna's chance at an encore was cut short almost immediately when he strained his hamstring in his first at-bat of the season when he stepped on first base awkwardly while trying to leg out an infield hit. He recovered to overwhelm High-A before hitting a speed bump in Double-A. He made up for the early lost at-bats by playing in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Acuna's offensive impact will depend on whether he can tone down his aggression. He doesn't swing and miss at an alarming rate, but he swings roughly 46% of the time and hits the ball on the ground at a rate higher than 50%. The Rangers expected Acuna to struggle once he got to Double-A and promoted him to the Texas League to let him find the holes in his game against more experienced pitchers. Acuna makes plenty of impact on contact, with a lot of high-end exit velocities hit at optimal angles. Defensively, there's little chance Acuna sticks at shortstop because of fringy arm strength and an internal clock that doesn't befit the position. He'd be fine at second base, though, and could be an intriguing option in center field given the Rangers' current logjam in the middle infield from the majors down to the lower levels of the minors. Acuna is an above-average runner, which helped him steal 40 bases in 49 tries.

    The Future: Acuna will return to Double-A in 2023, when he'll attempt to refine his approach and improve his batted ball profile. The Rangers added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 40

  5. 5. Anthony Gutierrez | OF
    Anthony Gutierrez
    Born: Nov 25, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .259/.299/.407 | 1 HR | 6 SB | 81 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 60/Extreme

    Track Record: Before the Covid shutdown, Gutierrez's body was raw and lanky. Once the sport resumed, he was stronger and more developed. He inked with the Rangers for $1.97 million on Jan. 15, 2022, and began his career in the Dominican Summer League but was impressive enough to earn a promotion to the Arizona Complex League on July 11. The Rangers brought Gutierrez with them on their annual instructional league barnstorming trip against college teams in and around Texas.

    Scouting Report: Simply by moving Gutierrez to the U.S. in his first pro season, the Rangers made it clear how highly they value him. He has all the hallmarks of a high-end prospect--twitchy athleticism, an advanced idea of the strike zone and the physical projection to buttress his tools with further strength. Now, he needs to combine those gifts with even further strength gains on a frame that could easily take 20 more pounds of muscle. Gutierrez's offensive profile will likely be power over hit, and his early holes are at the top of the strike zone and against higher quality breaking balls. His high chase rate was counterbalanced by an in-zone miss rate of just 12% and a knack for being on time against fastballs. In center field, Gutierrez uses above-average speed to glide to balls hit in all directions. His throwing arm teeters between above-average and plus and could get to the latter grade if his body takes the requisite strength gains as he matures. Evaluators peg Gutierrez's arm as the best among the system's outfielders.

    The Future: After 22 games in the ACL, Gutierrez will likely continue his aggressive move up through the system by heading to Low-A Down East as an 18-year-old. If he develops as the Rangers hope, he could be the system's top prospect in a couple of years.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 60. Speed: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55

  6. 6. Aaron Zavala | OF
    Aaron Zavala
    Born: Jun 23, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 193
    Signed By: Gary McGraw.
    Minors: .277/.420/.453 | 16 HR | 14 SB | 411 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Very High

    Track Record: Zavala was one of the 2021 draft cycle's highest-rising prospects. He dominated for Oregon as a junior by hitting .392/.526/.628 while his power surged. He hit nine home runs after hitting only one in his previous 58 games. He showed a tremendous batting eye throughout his collegiate career, finishing with more walks (75) than strikeouts (68). The Rangers selected him in the second round in 2021, then signed him for a well-below slot bonus of $830,000 after a medical issue popped up during his physical.

    Scouting Report: Zavala's sublime strike-zone discipline is both a blessing and a curse. The tool is easily the best in the system, but his approach sometimes means he passes on pitches he should impact. Power is in there--Zavala's 90th percentile exit velocity of 103.9 mph was among the better marks in the system--but he swings at one of the lowest rates (37.9%) in the organization. Zavala's numbers--including a significant weakness against lefthanders--translated almost identically during his stops at High-A Hickory and Double-A Frisco. As a right fielder, Zavala will need to adjust his approach to get to the power more often to fit a corner player's profile. Scouts see him as an average defender with below-average arm strength that plays a tick higher because of a short stroke and a quick release. He's an average runner.

    The Future: Zavala has an intriguing mix of skills buoyed by an outstanding batting eye, but his career is also clouded by injuries. He was sent to the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time, but his stint was limited to five games after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required surgery. He is anticipated to return roughly two months into the season. When he does, he'll likely head back to Double-A.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 40. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50

  7. 7. Jack Leiter | RHP
    Jack Leiter
    Born: Apr 21, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Derrick Tucker.
    Minors: 3-10 | 5.54 ERA | 109 SO | 56 BB | 93 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Very High

    Track Record: The son of longtime big league lefthander Al Leiter, Jack was selected in the 20th round of the 2019 draft out of high school in New Jersey but chose to attend Vanderbilt. He became an eligible sophomore after the 2021 season, which because of the pandemic was his only full season of college. The Rangers selected him second overall and let him rest after a heavy college workload. Texas assigned Leiter to Double-A to begin his pro career in 2022, and he spent the year taking his lumps against advanced hitters in the Texas League.

    Scouting Report: Against upper-level competition, Leiter learned which parts of his arsenal play better and which ones need more refinement. The shape of his fastball backed up considerably and proved hittable despite sitting in the mid 90s and touching 100 mph. To be more successful, he needs to use his fastball in the upper part of the strike zone, where it will play better with the rest of his mix. Leiter's best offspeed pitch is his slider, which sat in the mid 80s and got whiffs and chases at easily the highest rates of his repertoire. Leiter's big-breaking, upper 70s curveball has significant break and would pair well with his fastball if he threw the latter pitch up in the zone more often. His curve is easily recognizable out of his hand, however, and got the lowest rates of strikes, swings and chases of any pitch in his mix. Leiter's mid-80s changeup is his weakest pitch and was used sparingly. Leiter threw strikes just 59% of the time as well, leading to an elevated walk rate of 5.4 per nine innings. Lefthanded batters hit Leiter particularly hard, including eight of the 11 home runs he allowed.

    The Future: If Leiter can tweak his arsenal and improve his control and command, he has a chance to be a midrotation starter. If not, he might fit more toward the back of a rotation.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 40

  8. 8. Brock Porter | RHP
    Brock Porter
    Born: Jun 3, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 208

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: After the Rangers took Kumar Rocker at No. 3 overall in 2022, the industry wondered if they had a plan to spend big with their next selection, which came in the fourth round after they'd forfeited their second- and third-round picks by signing free agents Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. That theory proved true with Texas' selection of Porter, whom they signed for $3.7 million. The bonus is far and away the highest for a fourth-round pick, besting Giants righthander Eric Silva's 2021 bonus by roughly $2.2 million. Porter did not pitch during the remainder of the regular season and participated in instructional league without getting into a game.

    Scouting Report: Porter stands out for his mid-90s fastball with heavy sink and a devastating low-80s changeup that rivaled Padres first-rounder Dylan Lesko for the best in the 2022 class. His changeup is effective because it's thrown with excellent conviction, features a velocity separation of roughly 18-20 mph from his fastball and has hard, trapdoor action down and away from righthanded hitters. Porter still has plenty of projection remaining on his 6-foot-4, 208-pound frame and could begin touching triple digits--he has a goal of reaching 103 mph one day--as he adds strength. The next step will be to settle on a breaking ball that best fits his arm action. He currently throws both a curveball and a slider, with the latter a bit ahead of the former. The Rangers are leaning toward a slider or a slurve going forward. Porter's arm action is very long and could stand to be cleaned up to improve his control and command.

    The Future: Porter's first official action is likely to come in the Arizona Complex League in 2023 with a chance at a move to Low-A late in the year. If he can find an ideal breaking ball to complement his fastball and changeup, he'll have a chance as a midrotation starter.

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

  9. 9. Dustin Harris | OF/1B
    Dustin Harris
    Born: Jul 8, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Trevor Schaeffer (Athletics).
    Minors: .257/.346/.471 | 17 HR | 19 SB | 331 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Harris was drafted by the Athletics in the 11th round in 2019 and made it to their short-season affiliate in the New York-Penn League in his first pro season. A year later, with the minor league season lost to the pandemic, Oakland traded him to Texas as part of the two-player package used to obtain Mike Minor. Harris crushed two Class A levels in 2021 and won the Rangers' minor league player of the year award. He had an up-and-down 2022 season, which ended with a sprained right wrist on Aug. 10.

    Scouting Report: When the minor leagues began enforcing the new pitch clock rules, Harris suffered. He was forced to speed up his pre-pitch routine and consequently got out of his rhythm. The result was a difficult May before a strong second half of the season. He also got a bit out of whack with his mechanics, sometimes letting the ball travel too deep and hooking hittable pitches foul to his pull side. Once he tweaked his mechanics and bat path, he started looking more like himself. Harris' under-the-hood numbers were quite good, including a high rate of hitting balls at an optimal mix of exit velocity and launch angle, as well as solid rates of chase and in-zone miss. Drafted as a third baseman and primarily a first baseman as a pro, Harris' transition to the outfield was a bit of a bumpy ride. He has average speed and gets decent jumps on balls, but early on he looked tentative in left field simply trying to catch the ball. Outside evaluators believe he won't be much more than fringe-average.

    The Future: Harris was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster after the season and should head to Triple-A Round Rock to begin 2023. He'll be a bat-first player no matter where he lands on the diamond, but a successful transition to the outfield would give him a lot more value.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 45. Arm: 45

  10. 10. Kumar Rocker | RHP
    Kumar Rocker
    Born: Nov 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 245

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Rocker was Freshman of the Year at Vanderbilt in 2019, when he threw a no-hitter with 19 strikeouts against Duke in super regionals. In 2021, he racked up 173 strikeouts, tying him with Vandy rotation-mate and fellow Rangers prospect Jack Leiter for the most in the nation. The Mets selected Rocker 10th overall that year, but the sides failed to come to terms after a physical turned up something the Mets didn't like. Rocker's only pre-draft action in 2022 came with Tri-City of the MLB Partner Frontier League. The Rangers drafted him with the third overall pick and signed him for $5.2 million, roughly two-thirds of the recommended slot value. Rocker did not pitch during the regular season or instructional league but made six starts in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: When Rocker got to the AFL, the first thing that jumped out was an arm slot noticeably lower than the one he had used in college and with Tri-City. This allowed Rocker to pitch as comfortably as possible while easing the stress on his pitching shoulder. The delivery itself is upright and rotational, with limited use of his lower half. Scouts in the AFL noticed that he slowed his arm speed on both his slider and changeup. Rocker's fastball in the AFL sat in the mid 90s and showed late darting action. His mid-80s slider, while inconsistent, showed flashes of the wipeout offering that helped make him an elite prospect. Rocker's changeup lags behind his other two offerings, but it does show enough fading action to at least be usable.

    The Future: Rocker will enter his first full pro season at 23 years old, which means he will likely be pushed at least to High-A. If he can kick off the rust and find more consistency with his new delivery, he could fit in a rotation. If not, his fastball/slider combination would work out of the bullpen.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 45

  11. 11. 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: .288/.367/.482 | 15 HR | 3 SB | 400 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: After starring in the Southeastern Conference and earning a spot with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team after his sophomore season, Foscue was selected by the Rangers in the first-round of the 2020 draft. Despite dealing with injuries, Foscue tore up the lower levels in his official debut in 2021, including 17 home runs in just 62 games. He concluded his season with a turn in the Arizona Fall League. He put together another solid season in 2022, though his home run power didn't show up until late, including five longballs at offensive oasis Amarillo.

    Scouting Report: Nearly all Foscue's value is centered around his offense, which is why the Rangers went to work rescuing his power from an early-season funk. To do so, they tweaked his hitting mechanics to keep him from collapsing on his back side, which had left him hitting with a more handsy approach that promoted contact at the expense of power. Foscue makes excellent decisions, as shown by a chase rate of 22%, a whiff rate of 17.4% and a stellar in-zone miss rate of just 12%. Foscue also makes plenty of impact on contact, with an average exit velocity of 87.3 mph and a barrel rate of 14.1%. Scouts are intrigued by his pull-side power, but some believe he can be coaxed into weak contact by soft stuff on the outer part of the plate, and internal evaluators note that he's made strides to close a previous hole on hard fastballs near the top of the zone. Defensively, evaluators inside and outside the organization see player who was already short on quickness and athleticism and lost a few steps this year. There's plenty of doubt he can stick up the middle, and some scouts even believe he might not even be a strong enough defender to play first base. There's also plenty of concern given his injury history, which has included a plethora of issues in his midsection, including back soreness entering this year that lingered into the season's early months.

    The Future: After helping Double-A Frisco to a Texas League crown in 2022, Foscue will move to Triple-A in 2023. The Rangers are loaded for bear in the middle infield anyway, so he's likely to dabble at other positions as well. If he stays healthy, he could make his big league debut late in the year.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 40. Fielding: 40. Arm: 45.

  12. 12. 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: 9-8 | 6.51 ERA | 123 SO | 87 BB | 122 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: In his draft year, Winn helped lead his Orange Lutheran squad to the National High School Invitational title. He also won BA's High School Player of the Year award and wa drafted in the first round. He had a breakout season in 2021 and appeared in the Futures Game but took a step back in 2022, when he was the second-youngest pitcher in the Pacific Coast League on Opening Day.

    Scouting Report: A chunk of Winn's troubles in 2022 stem from a line drive he took off his ankle early in the season. He tried to pitch through the injury but struggled to land properly and his timing and command suffered. Even when he was healthy, Winn's fastball command was not ideal. The pitch itself was fine--sitting around 94, touching 98 and showing excellent carry through the zone--but he threw it for strikes the least often of any of his four pitches. Winn's best secondary pitch is his curveball, which is a deep breaker in the low 80s. He finishes his mix with a mid-80s slider and a changeup that comes in a touch hotter. Winn threw his changeup the most frequently of his three offspeed pitches--around 21.5% of the time--and the Rangers would like to see that number decrease a bit.

    The Future: The Rangers added Winn to their 40-man roster and will likely send him back to Triple-A in 2023 for a bit of a reset. He'll pitch all year at 23 years old and will need to focus on refining his control and getting better at getting outs within the strike zone.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 45. Control: 40

  13. 13. Yeison Morrobel | OF
    Yeison Morrobel
    Born: Dec 8, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Willy Espinal.
    Minors: .315/.391/.455 | 3 HR | 7 SB | 178 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Morrobel was the biggest target in the Rangers' 2021 international class and has lived up to expectations so far at the lowest levels of the minor leagues. He walked more often than he struck out in the DSL in 2021 and then continued to solid swing decisions in 2022, when he posted a strikeout-to-walk rate of exactly 2-to-1 in a year spent mostly in the Arizona Complex League. He was one of three Rangers prospects--along with Gleider Figuereo and Anthony Gutierrez--to place among the Top 10 in the ACL.

    Scouting Report: None of Morrobel's tools jumps off the page, but he's got a solid foundation on which to build and the possibility of plenty of strength gains to come leads evaluators to believe there will be more power throughout his game. He's got a sound lefthanded swing that allows him to handle breaking balls from both righthanders and lefthanders and permitted him an in-zone miss rate of just 14%. Morrobel will continue to play center field but will likely head to a corner-outfield spot as his body takes the expected strength gains. External scouts believe he'll have the arm and corresponding power to play in right field. He's an average runner now but might slow down as he matures.

    The Future: Morrobel finished the year at Low-A Down East and will return to the level in 2023. He'll work to continue adding the necessary strength to reach his ceiling of an everyday right fielder.

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

  14. 14. Mitch Bratt | LHP
    Mitch Bratt
    Born: Jul 3, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Takeshi Sakurayama.
    Minors: 5-5 | 2.45 ERA | 99 SO | 28 BB | 81 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: The Canadian-born Bratt moved to Georgia during the pandemic in order to take advantage of the laxer restrictions that would help him get seen by scouts. The move worked and Bratt was taken in the fifth round of the 2021 draft as the first prep arm in Texas' 2021 class. His $850,000 bonus was tied for the second-most in the round. Bratt got his feet wet in pro ball in the Arizona Complex League after the draft, then spent all of 2022 at Low-A Down East, where he produced a 2.45 ERA in 80.2 innings.

    Scouting Report: Bratt employs an uptempo delivery and works with a full four-pitch mix led by a low-90s fastball that touched 95 and plays better because of some deception in his delivery as well as run and carry through the zone. He shows feel to land both his mid-70s curveball and low-80s slider for strikes, but needs to do a better job making them look like two disparate pitches. Bratt's mid-80s changeup is a clear fourth pitch in his mix and projects to be below-average. Bratt is one of the system's most athletic pitchers and the organization believes the way his hips move is a sign of more power to come. Bratt's game is also a bit too reliant on chases right now and he'll need to a better job of getting outs in the strike zone.

    The Future: Bratt will move to High-A in 2023, where he look to continue to build strength and sharpen his offspeed pitches. He has the upside of a back-end starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 45. Slider: 50. Changeup: 40. Control: 50

  15. 15. Cam Cauley | SS
    Cam Cauley
    Born: Feb 6, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: .209/.306/.289 | 2 HR | 38 SB | 287 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Cauley's father Chris played three seasons in the minor leagues with the White Sox and was a member of the staff at Cameron's high school in Texas. The younger Cauley was drafted in the third round in 2021, when he was the first prep player selected in the Rangers' class. He spent all of 2023 at Low-A Down East save for two weeks on the injured list.

    Scouting Report: Cauley is an extraordinary athlete with a swing that whips through the zone and lashes line drives. Despite that, he still is working to learn to pull the ball with authority. He covers the outer half of the plate well but gets tied up on pitches on the inner half. To help alleviate that, the Rangers worked with Cauley at instructional league to tone his lower half a little bit and increase the mobility in his hips. Cauley is a double-plus runner who has the potential to be a plus defender if he can make his actions more consistent. If not, his speed would allow him to slide into center field, where his plus arm strength would also be an asset.

    The Future: Cauley's numbers weren't pretty in 2022, but the Rangers believe with further refinement he has the upside of an everyday player. He'll work on turning his potential into reality when he moves to High-A Hickory.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 40. Speed: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  16. 16. Gleider Figuereo | 3B
    Gleider Figuereo
    Born: Jun 27, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Minors: .268/.349/.550 | 9 HR | 7 SB | 149 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: Figuereo wasn't a big-name signing out of the 2021 international class, but big time strength gains with the help of trainer and former big leaguer Edinson Volquez. Figuereo scorched the ACL with nine home runs, which tied him for second on the circuit. His offensive numbers were all over the league leaderboard and he was one of three Rangers to rank among the league's Top 10.

    Scouting Report: Figuereo's added strength complemented a loose, whippy swing with an excellent bat path to go with sound swing decisions to go with enough raw juice to produce max exit velos of 106 mph. He also tweaked his setup, becoming more upright to generate even more power and improved leverage. He's also shown the ability to manipulate his barrel and make loud contact on more than just fastballs. Defensively, Figuereo has significant improvements to make. His throwing arm is plenty strong for the hot corner but needs to get much more accurate if he's to stick there in the long term. He's got OK footwork but he has a tendency to rush through plays.

    The Future: Figuereo got a taste of Low-A to end the season and will return there in 2023. His goals for the season will revolve around getting better defensively and maintaining the progress he showed in Arizona. If he does it again, he could shoot up the rankings.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 40.

  17. 17. Zak Kent | RHP
    Zak Kent
    Born: Feb 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Brian Matthews.
    Minors: 3-4 | 3.94 ERA | 110 SO | 43 BB | 110 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Kent pitched three successful seasons at Virginia Military Institute and whiffed 132 hitters in his junior year. The Rangers took him in the ninth round and let him get his feet wet in the lower levels of the minor leagues. He reached Double-A in 2021 and ascended to Triple-A by the end of 2022. The Rangers were intrigued enough by the progress Kent made to add him to their 40-man roster and shield him from the Rule 5 draft.

    Scouting Report: Kent dealt with a litany of injuries in 2022 to his hip and back and oblique muscles, which required three separate stays on the injured list. At his best, Kent mixes and matches with a five-pitch repertoire that include four- and two-seam fastballs with the latter being introduced in the middle of the season as a way to get more grounders. Kent previously threw a split-fingered fastball but had trouble building up the necessary callouses and began throwing a traditional changeup during the season. Scouts outside the peg the changeup as fringe-average.

    The Future: Kent struggled at the beginning of the season but rebounded as the season went on in between stints on the IL. His fastball-slider mix could at least make him a nasty reliever but if his other offspeeds comes forward he could have a bit more ceiling. He should make his debut in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 45

  18. 18. Danyer Cueva | SS
    Danyer Cueva
    Born: May 27, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Jhonny Gomez/Rafic Saab.
    Minors: .309/.353/.448 | 5 HR | 3 SB | 194 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Cueva was part of what appears to be an excellent 2021 international class that also netted the Rangers outfielder Yeison Morrobel and infielder Gleider Figuereo. The trio was excellent in the Arizona Complex League and could form an exciting pack of position players at Low-A Down East in 2023. Cueva trained in Venezuela with Kander Depablos and was lauded for a smooth swing from the left side.

    Scouting Report: Of the prospects clustered in the ACL, Cueva might have the highest floor but the lowest ceiling. He's a free-swinger at the plate who will have to tone down that aspect of his approach, and his chase rate will have to be reined in as well. Oppositing scouts saw a player with enough power potential to produce 12-15 home runs a year while making enough quality contact to get to the majors on the strength of his offense alone. Early in his career it was thought that he might have to move over to second base. His speed and athleticism ticked up, however, and now he has a decent chance of sticking at shortstop. That thought is not unanimous, and some believe he will slide over to second base in the long run.

    The Future: Cueva got a taste of Low-A to end the season and will return to the level in 2023. He'll get a chance to prove his offensive chops against better pitching and will work to keep himself at shortstop. He has the ceiling of an everyday, bat-first middle infielder.

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

  19. 19. Cole Ragans | LHP
    Cole Ragans
    Born: Dec 12, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Brett Campbell.
    Minors: 8-5 | 3.04 ERA | 113 SO | 31 BB | 95 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Ragans' ascent to the big leagues was one of the best stories in the minor leagues in 2022. After being drafted in the first round in 2016 and debuting the next spring,two Tommy John surgeries and the pandemic kept him off the mound until 2021, when he also made the Futures Game. He made his major league debut on August 4 and made nine starts, working to a mark of 0-3, 5.40.

    Scouting Report: After all the time recovering, it's only natural that Ragans' rust-removal process would be lengthy. More than that, the Rangers also noticed that he learned to better pace himself throughout the season in order to maintain the crispness on his stuff from Opening Day until season's end. Ragans operates with a four-pitch mix led by a 92-95 mph fastball that touched 96. His best offspeed pitch is a potentially plus changeup in the 82-84 mph range that he threw for plenty of strikes both in the zone and for chases. His repertoire also featured mid-70s curveball of varying quality and a new cutter in the low 90s that he can manipulate to make look like a slider with deeper break. Both the curve and the cutter project to be fringe-average to average, and the Rangers would like to see him add more power to both. He struggled a bit with fastball command down the stretch but overall showed average control.

    The Future: If he continues to add more power to his mix, Ragans could carve out a career as a back-end starter. He'll likely see plenty of big league time in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 45. Changeup: 60. Cut: 50. Control: 50

  20. 20. Emiliano Teodo | RHP
    Emiliano Teodo
    Born: Feb 14, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 165
    Minors: 3-6 | 3.09 ERA | 115 SO | 44 BB | 85 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Teodo signed for just $10,000 as a 19-year-old but has already rewarded the Rangers' confidence some of the system's best pure stuff. Teodo was an off-the-radar prospect who didn't even have a trainer and was identified at a tryout camp the year before he signed. The whippy-armed former position player spent his first pro season in the Arizona Complex League before moving to Low-A, where his 115 strikeouts led the team and placed seventh in the Carolina League.

    Scouting Report: Teodo works with a three-pitch mix led by a mighty four-seam fastball that averaged 96 mph and touched 101. He shows much better command of the pitch, especially up in the zone, when he doesn't try to throw it as hard as he can. Teodo's slider is a sharp-snapper as well. The breaking ball averages around 85 mph and touched 94. He has a below-average changeup that could get better with further repetitions and was thrown just 5% of the time. There's no question that Teodo has an impact arm. Now, the Rangers will have to figure out where it plays. His wiry body and spindly lower half might push him toward the pen, but Teodo stayed at Texas' minor league complex over the winter in an effort to add mass and turn himself into a potential starter who could air it out for five innings.

    The Future: Teodo will head to High-A Hickory in 2023 and will work to sharpen his command and build enough stamina to remain a starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Control: 40

  21. 21. Sebastian Walcott | SS
    Sebastian Walcott
    Born: Mar 14, 2006
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Walcott continues what has been a more fruitful pipeline from the Bahamas to pro ball in recent years, adding to a list that also includes Marlins prospects Ian Lewis and Janero Miller, as well as Marlins mainstay Jazz Chisholm. Walcott is a big, athletic player who is at shortstop for now but his athleticism could fit in the outfield as well depending on how his body develops.

    Scouting Report: Walcott is already quite tall at 6-foot-4 and has plenty of room to add power as he grows into his body. He's got bat speed and present strength, too, and has already produced exit velocities up to 105 mph. He might not be a true average defender at shortstop, but his arm strength--which is at least plus--will serve him well on the left side of the diamond. The arm and power would fit at third base or a corner outfield spot if he needs to move as he gets bigger and stronger.

    The Future: Walcott will debut in the Dominican Summer League, but the Rangers showed last year with Anthony Gutierrez that they're unafraid to be aggressive with even their youngest players if their performance warrants an accelerated timetable.

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

  22. 22. Cody Bradford | LHP
    Cody Bradford
    Born: Feb 22, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: 10-7 | 5.01 ERA | 124 SO | 33 BB | 119 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Bradford was the Big 12 pitcher of the year in 2018 but had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome the next season. He also spent a summer with Chatham of the Cape Cod League, where he was teammates with future Blue Jays all-star Alek Manoah and future 1-1 pick Spencer Torkelson. The injury limited Bradford to just three starts in his draft year, but the Rangers still popped him in the sixth round. He reached Double-A in his pro debut and spent all of 2022 at the same level.

    Scouting Report: Bradford works with a four-pitch mix led a fastball whose movement helps it play better than its low-90s velocity. The combination of a deceptive delivery and excellent extension makes the fastball extremely difficult to hit at the top of the zone, but he's at his best when he moves it around to all four quadrants. Bradford backs the fastball with a low-80s slider and a high-80s cutter. The latter was introduced because of an inconsistency in Bradford's delivery that allowed hitters to easily tell when the slider was coming. Longer extension meant fastball and shorter extension signaled a slider. The cutter gave Bradford a similar movement profile--albeit with firmer velocity--that he could achieve with the same delivery as his four-seamer. Bradford's best offspeed, however, is his 82-85 mph changeup, which kills spin effectively and can be a useful weapon in any count.

    The Future: Bradford was inconsistent in the early portion of the season but figured it out later and got back to the best version of himself. He could fit in the back of a rotation if he carries that momentum into 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 40. Changeup: 60. Cutter: 50. Control: 55

  23. 23. Thomas Saggese | 2B
    Thomas Saggese
    Born: Apr 11, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .312/.361/.506 | 15 HR | 12 SB | 401 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: The Rangers went high school-heavy in the shortened 2020 draft, popping four prep players after taking Justin Foscue out of Mississippi State in the first round. The last player in their class was Saggese, who looks like he could be another pleasant surprise along with second-rounder Evan Carter. His average (.308), slugging percentage (.487) and OPS (.846) each placed among the top 10 in the South Atlantic League, where he was the circuit's third-youngest player on Opening Day.

    Scouting Report: Saggese is a very aggressive hitter who swung 56% of the time but made loud impact on contact. Internal evaluators said he did a good job being more patient as the year wore on but still could stand to improve even further. He chased far too often. He doesn't have the cleanest actions in the field but is nimble enough to make plays on the run thanks to average arm strength despite a throwing stroke with a bit of a hitch that could lead to inconsistency. He's a fringe-average runner who can turn in times closer to average when he gets clean breaks out of the box. The Rangers also love Saggese's baseball rat tendencies and note his intense level of focus during games.

    The Future: Saggese finished 2022 at Double-A Frisco for the last part of the regular season and then the team's run to the Texas League title. He'll return to the level in 2023, when a refined approach married with the league's hitter-friendly atmosphere could lead to a big season.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 45.

  24. 24. Chandler Pollard | SS
    Chandler Pollard
    Born: May 3, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 173
    Minors: .000/.375/0 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 5 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Very High

    Track Record: Pollard was the Rangers' fifth-rounder in the 2022 draft and was induced to turn pro instead of heading to Washington State thanks to a signing bonus of $418,500. He got into two games in the Arizona Complex League after signing before heading to instructional league. He was also part of the team's annual instructional league college tour and held his own against older competition.

    Scouting Report: Pollard stands out for his athleticism, which translates in the field and on the bases. He glides around the diamond with ease and stole 59 bases--to go with 11 home runs--in his senior season of high school in Georgia. There's little doubt he sticks at least on the left side of the infield, where his plus arm would fit perfectly. If not, his speed would also fit nicely in center field. He needs plenty of polish offensively and the Rangers have already worked with him to be more consistent in his approach. He tends to get too big with his swing and the Rangers would like to see him stay within himself with a line drive approach geared toward contact up the middle.

    The Future: Pollard will likely return to Rookie-ball in 2023. He's got a ceiling of a sparkplug-type of player who causes havoc on the bases and provides impact up the middle.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 40. Speed: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  25. 25. Marcos Torres | OF
    Marcos Torres
    Born: Sep 30, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 163

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Torres was part of the Rangers' most recent international class and began opening eyes thanks to a mature body and present tools. He performed well in the Dominican Summer League and continued impressing evaluators during fall instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Torres swing is loose and quick and produces excellent natural bat speed thanks to an incredibly strong set of hands. He impressed his organization by taking the skills he displayed during showcases and translating them into game action. He showed sound swing decisions and impact in the DSL but worked at instructional league to optimize his bat path to keep it in the zone longer. Torres will likely get chances in center field as he moves up the ladder but a thickening build could push him to a corner as he matures. Torres was exposed to all three outfield spots in the DSL but predominantly played left field. He ran the 60-yard dash in 6.6 seconds during showcases, giving him potentially plus speed as if he slows down a tick as he gains muscle.

    The Future: Torres will move stateside in 2023, when he'll try to build on the success he showed in the DSL and instructional league. If everything clicks, he could be an average regular in left field.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

  26. 26. Jonathan Ornelas | SS/OF
    Jonathan Ornelas
    Born: May 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 178
    Signed By: Levi Lacey.
    Minors: .299/.360/.425 | 14 HR | 14 SB | 525 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: After being drafted in the third round in 2018, Ornelas put up solid if unspectacular numbers. Those figures got a bump in 2022, although he also had noticeable splits favoring home games and at-bats against lefthanders. The Rangers added him to the 40-man roster after the season to shield him from the Rule 5 draft.

    Scouting Report: Ornelas doesn't have a standout tool but he hits the ball plenty hard and has enough defensive versatility to move around the diamond with ease. He's an extremely aggressive hitter who has below-average swing decisions and pitch recognition. He made some swing adjustments to help him stay behind the ball better and increase his impact on contact, though the Rangers would still like to see him get the ball in the air more often. Ornelas took most of his defensive reps at shortstop and third base but got four games apiece at second base and center field.

    The Future: After a year bouncing around the diamond for Texas League-champion Frisco, Ornelas will head to Triple-A to try to prove his breakout was real. Better pitch recognition skills and more fly balls will aid that effort. He could make his big league debut in 2023.

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

  27. 27. Luis Ramirez | RHP
    Luis Ramirez
    Born: Apr 6, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Ramirez is an alumnus of Salesian HS in Los Angeles, which counts two NFL players among its alumni base. He matriculated to Long Beach State and started for three years sandwiched around a stellar turn in the Cape Cod League in 2021, when he tied for the league lead in strikeouts. A shoulder injury ended Ramirez's season on April 22 but the Rangers popped him in the seventh round.

    Scouting Report: At his best, Ramirez operates with a heavy sinking fastball in the low 90s that plays particularly well to his glove side. He also does a fantastic job manipulating the shape of his low-80s, slurvy slider. The next step will be bringing his changeup forward. The pitch flashed above-average in college but was not thrown enough to comfortably to project it to reach those heights as a pro. Ramirez has also shown solid control and command with decent feel to move his pitches around all quadrants of the strike zone. The Rangers would like to see that aspect of his game take a step forward.

    The Future: Ramirez did not pitch after signing but was invited to the team's instructional league camp in Arizona. His pedigree should allow him to begin his career at one of the Class A levels. He has a ceiling in the back of a rotation.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 55

  28. 28. Tekoah Roby | RHP
    Tekoah Roby
    Born: Sep 18, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Brian Morrison.
    Minors: 3-11 | 4.64 ERA | 126 SO | 35 BB | 105 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Roby was the Rangers' third-round pick in the shortened draft during the pandemic year of 2020. He was lauded for his ability to post high spin rates as well as his fiery demeanor on the mound. His 2021 season was cut short by an elbow strain, but he made every turn during a full season at High-A Hickory.

    Scouting Report: Roby works with a four-pitch mix led by a low-90s fastball that peaked at 96. He needs command the pitch better, especially in the lower part of the zone. Roby backs the fastball up with a high-80s curveball with spin rates around 2,800 rpm as well as a changeup in the low 80s. He changed the grip on the pitch during the season to help it play better. The Rangers added a slider to Roby's repertoire near the end of the season to give him something with a velocity in between his four-seamer and his curveball-changeup duo and holds the same line as his fastball for longer on its way to the plate. Command was Roby's biggest issue this year, and it led to 19 home runs allowed. Scouts were a little surprised by Roby's command issues because his arm action and delivery are fairly clean.

    The Future: Roby will head to Double-A in 2023 and will be severely challenged to improve his command in the hitter-friendly Texas League.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 50. Slider: 40. Changeup: 50. Control: 40

  29. 29. Tommy Specht | OF
    Tommy Specht
    Born: Jun 24, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 200
    Minors: .200/.333/.300 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 10 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Specht was the Rangers' sixth-round pick but fourth selection overall because they lost their second- and third-round picks for signing free agents. He drew interest for his lefthanded offense, and Texas bought him out of his commitment to Kentucky with a $450,000 signing bonus. He played in three games in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League.

    Scouting Report: Specht has a smooth swing from the left side that is geared for more impact than contact. His power is mostly to the gaps now but should turn into home runs as he finishes filling out his frame. The Rangers are especially buying in on Specht's power potential based on strong batting practices and a solid idea of the strike zone. He's an above-average runner who could handle center in a pinch but will likely move over as he gains mass. His plus arm will fit nicely in right field.

    The Future: Specht could head to Low-A Down East or stay back in Arizona for extended spring training and the Arizona Complex League depending on how the rosters shake out in April. He has a chance to be an everyday right fielder with further seasoning and a more refined hit tool.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

  30. 30. Echedry Vargas | 3B
    Echedry Vargas
    Born: Feb 27, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 170

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Vargas was signed in the Rangers' most recent class for a small bonus of just $10,000. He quickly proved his worth in the Dominican Summer League, where he produced an .878 OPS. His offensive skills mask his lack of a true defensive home or standout athleticism.

    Scouting Report: Vargas' best attribute is his contact ability. He needs to stay in the zone more, but his high rate of chase was mitigated by excellent bat-to-ball skills on pitches in the zone. He reminds some within the organization of an early-stage version of Ezequiel Duran because of his ability to make loud contact despite a bit of a free-swinging approach. The Rangers worked with Vargas at instructional league to try to clean up his bat path. Vargas is not the most athletic player in the world but has the chance to stick on infield--either at second or third base--and has the arm strength to handle the left side. He's a fringe-average runner who can steal bases on a combination of instincts and aggression rather than being any sort of burner.

    The Future: Vargas will move to the Arizona Complex League in 2023, when he'll try to harness his approach to make the most of his contact ability and try to point himself toward a ceiling as a utility infielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 50. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

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