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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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