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

    Leiter was a first-round talent out of high school and ranked as the No. 21 prospect in the 2019 class, but a high price tag and strong Vanderbilt commitment meant he got to campus in Nashville. Draft-eligible in his second year with the Commodores, Leiter—the son of long-time big league pitcher Al Leiter—dominated in his first full season of collegiate baseball, posting a 2.12 ERA over 76.1 innings and 13 starts, while striking out 127 batters (15 K/9) and walking 34 (4.0). Known for his polish and pitchability out of high school, scouts continue to praise Leiter's moxie on the mound, with a deep pitch mix that includes five offerings if you count a two-seam and four-seam fastball. Leiter is a shorter righthander, listed at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, but he has added strength to his frame since high school, particularly in his lower half. This spring, Leiter has primarily worked with a fastball, curveball, slider combination. His fastball has been up to 98 mph, but averages 93-95 mph, with excellent carry that generates plenty of whiffs in the zone and above it. Teams love the metrics on Leiter's fastball, and the combination of his size, extension and carry on the pitch allow it to play up, even when he's sitting in the 90-93 mph range. His curveball is his best secondary offering now, an upper-70s, 12-to-6 downer that he lands consistently in the zone when he wants but can also bury for a put-away pitch. Leiter throws a slider in the low 80s that has less depth but might wind up being a better out-of-the-zone chase offering and he also infrequently throws a mid-80s changeup that scouts loved out of high school and could become an above-average secondary with more reps. Durability was the one concern scouts had with Leiter, and while he did post most weeks throughout the season, he skipped one start to manage fatigue and at times was a bit homer-prone. While Leiter might not project as an ace, scouts see a pitcher who should fit in a No. 2 or No. 3 role and pitch in the big leagues for a long time.

  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: .317/.388/.579 | 17 HR | 2 SB | 278 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Running: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: The Rangers made Jung the eighth overall pick in 2019 after a star-studded career at Texas Tech. He signed for $4.4 million and got his feet wet with a productive but not flashy 44-game run in the Rookie-level Arizona League and at low Class A Hickory. With the minor league season canceled in 2020, Jung was added to the Rangers' 60-man player pool and made the most of his time facing older, more experienced players at the alternate training site. He finished the year at instructional league, where he starred as one of the top hitters in Arizona.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The Rangers believe Jung is going to hit in the middle of their lineup for years to come. His bat-to-ball skills are the best in the organization, and he works over pitchers during an at-bat. It's not just his strike-zone judgment that stands out, but his ability to adjust within an at-bat. His ability to make contact, which might be his best tool, allows him to be aggressive early in counts and still line a ball into the gap if he falls behind. His hand speed fuels his ability to hit, and he has a sharp eye and an understanding of how to manipulate the barrel. Jung is going to be difficult to strike out, something that will stand out in the whiff-heavy Rangers lineup. The goal in 2020 was to transition Jung from simply a contact hitter, which he was in college, into a hitter who can do more damage. His power was mostly to right-center field at Texas Tech. He was that hitter again at low Class A, where he hit only one home run in 157 at-bats. Jung worked on pulling fastballs in 2020 and developed to the point where 30-homer power is possible. He should be around 20 homers on the low end, but when a game is on the line, Jung is the hitter the Rangers will want at the plate. Though he played shortstop his final season in Lubbock and flirted with second base during instructs, Jung is a third baseman. He's not flashy, but he makes every play and has enough arm to handle the hot corner. His bat is going to force him into the lineup, and that helped influence the Rangers' decision to move Gold Glove third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa to shortstop, where Elvis Andrus is on the decline and not performing consistently enough to warrant everyday playing time.

    THE FUTURE: The Rangers need some prospects to become stars for their rebuild to be a success, and Jung has a strong chance. He has what it takes to be a solid regular and possibly an impact player. He will begin 2021 at Double-A, with a chance he makes his big league debut by the all-star break.

  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: 3-3 | 2.56 ERA | 101 SO | 27 BB | 81 IP

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

    TRACK RECORD: The 2018 High School Player of the Year and a product of prep powerhouse Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, Winn was drafted 15th overall by the Rangers and experienced the ups and downs of many young pitchers during his first full season of pro ball. He posted a 4.46 ERA at low Class A Hickory in 2019, but rebounded in 2020 with a strong showing at the alternate training site before dominating hitters in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Everything the Rangers thought they were getting when they drafted Winn came to fruition in 2020. He pitched confidently at the alternate training site against much older hitters and showed improved stuff in instructional league. Winn's fastball now sits 93-97 mph with good vertical break. His plus curveball, which has always been his best secondary pitch, has been joined by an above-average slider and a developing changeup. Winn throws strikes, remains composed and is a diligent worker. He succeeded at processing lessons quickly and translating them into games.

    THE FUTURE: A quality four-pitch mix could allow Winn to become a mid-rotation starter, but there's a long way to go to reach that ceiling. The Rangers plan to start him at high Class A and hope he quickly earns a bump to Double-A.

  4. 4. 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

    Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Running: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 45.

    TRACK RECORD: Foscue had a stellar sophomore season at Mississippi State in 2019 and was the starting second baseman for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team that summer. He was off to a blazing start in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic cut the college season short. The Rangers drafted him 14th overall and signed him for $3.25 million, more than $725,000 under slot. Foscue spent the summer at the Rangers' alternate training site and finished in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Foscue was the second straight college hitter the Rangers selected in the first round, after Josh Jung was drafted in 2019. Foscue is an offensive-oriented second baseman who has the potential to hit .280 with 25 homers. He doesn't have a prototypical swing and has struggled swinging a wood bat in the past, but he took to a few tweaks the Rangers suggested and earned high praise from team officials. He understands how pitchers will attack him, works counts and covers the entire strike zone. Foscue's offense is well ahead of his defense. He is a below-average runner and fringe-average defender who needs a lot of refinement.

    THE FUTURE: Foscue has a chance to launch his pro career at Double-A with a strong showing in spring training.

  5. 5. Ezequiel Duran | 2B
    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.
    Minors: .267/.342/.486 | 19 HR | 19 SB | 416 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Clerical issues meant that Duran had to wait a little later than most to turn professional, but he eventually signed "for just $10,000" and immediately proved worth the investment. The best example of what Duran can do came in July 2019, when he hit .333/.392/.630 with six homers for short-season Staten Island. He ranked No. 7 in the New York-Penn League's Top 20.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Evaluators both inside and outside the organization are intrigued by Duran's abilities. Scouts see a player with hit and power tools that range from average to plus, and bat speed and exit velocities that rank among the best of the system's middle infield prospects. He's made strides in pitch recognition and swing decisions, which should unlock more of his potential. On defense he shows aboveaverage speed, average range and a plus arm that could allow him to fill in at shortstop if needed.

    THE FUTURE: Duran participated in the Yankees' instructional league in the Dominican Republic in December and will start 2021 at a Class A level. He has the ceiling of an everyday second baseman with offensive impact.

  6. 6. Josh Smith | SS
    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

    TRACK RECORD: After an excellent track record of production in the Cape Cod League and Louisiana State, Smith produced as expected in the short-season New York-Penn League after signing in 2019. He ranked as the No. 16 prospect on the circuit.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Smith doesn't have a standout tool, but he doesn't have any glaring weaknesses either. The Yankees will continue to develop him at shortstop, but he'll get plenty of exposure at other infield spots as well. He's one of the system's best pure contact-makers and shows excellent plate discipline. Put simply: He swings at the right pitches.

    THE FUTURE: Smith's pedigree is strong enough that he could begin at high Class A in 2021.

  7. 7. 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

    Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Running: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: The younger brother of Braves' superstar Ronald Acuña Jr., Luisangel Acuña packs a big punch into a smaller package. He lit up the Dominican Summer League in 2019, hitting .342 with more walks than strikeouts as a 17-year-old, and his bat was among the loudest during 2020 instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Ask Acuña Jr., and his little brother is already hitting balls at 18 farther and harder than he did at the same age. Still, the Rangers aren't sure what will become of the rail-thin, 5-foot-8 Luisangel. Ronald underwent a late growth spurt that the Rangers hope filters down the family tree. If not, they know Luisangel can find the barrel and has a good idea of the strike zone. He's fearless in the box, can hit velocity and projects to reach 15-20 homers at his current size. He does need work on hitting spin. Acuña needs reps defensively, and the Rangers worked him at third base and second base in addition to shortstop, which is a crowded position in the system. He has the range and arm to play around the infield.

    THE FUTURE: Aggressive as always, the Rangers are planning for Acuña to open 2021 at low Class A. He might not be as good as his older brother, but his bat and potential defensive versatility give him a chance to join him in the majors.

  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

    TRACK RECORD: The Rangers shocked the industry when they drafted Carter with the 50th overall pick in 2020. He signed for a below-slot $1.25 million to forgo a Duke commitment. The Rangers believed the prep outfielder would have been a big riser had the high school season not been canceled. Carter made that belief look prescient with an impressive showing at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The Rangers see five-tool potential in Carter, who was only 17 when drafted. He already hits for power, something assisted by how well he commands the strike zone, and should only get stronger as he physically matures. Carter posted a .304/.467/.446 slash line at instructs with as many walks as strikeouts. The Rangers believe Carter can add another 25 pounds to a long-levered frame that already passes the eye test. Carter has above-average speed and the athletic ability to play center field, where he already projects as above-average.

    THE FUTURE: The Rangers plan to send Carter to low Class A Hickory to start 2021. He could be a draft steal if he lives up to the expectations created at instructs.

  9. 9. Sam Huff | C
    Sam Huff
    Born: Jan 14, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Phoenix, 2016 (7th round).
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: .242/.314/.469 | 13 HR | 0 SB | 207 AB

    Hitting: 40. Power: 70. Running: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: An unheralded seventh-round pick in 2016, Huff hit 28 home runs during a breakout 2019 season and won MVP at the Futures Game. The Rangers brought Huff to the alternate training site in 2020 and called him up to the majors for the final three weeks. He didn't disappoint.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Huff struggled with game-calling and too often chased spin at the plate when he first came up, but he adjusted and was one of the Rangers' best hitters the final 10 games of the season. Huff's plus-plus power stands out, and his improved approach gives him a chance to get to it. He will likely never hit for a high average, but improved pitch recognition could help produce high-end offensive production at the catcher position. Huff's arm is the strongest among Rangers catchers, and his catching has improved after working with ex-big league backstop Bobby Wilson, a Rangers coach. Though massive for a catcher, Huff's athletic ability should allow him to stick there.

    THE FUTURE: Huff would benefit from more time in the minor leagues, but the Rangers are open to the idea of him starting the season in the majors. If Huff's hit tool develops, he could be a star. At minimum, he and Jose Trevino could be the Rangers' catching tandem for years to come.

  10. 10. Maximo Acosta | SS
    Maximo Acosta
    Born: Oct 29, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 187
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Carlos Gonzalez/Jhonny Gomez/Rafic Saab.
    Minors: .246/.279/.393 | 1 HR | 7 SB | 61 AB

    Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

    TRACK RECORD: The Rangers signed Acosta for $1.65 million out of Venezuela as part of their touted 2019 international signing class. His pro debut was delayed by the pandemic, but he spent the fall as one of the youngest players in instructional league and earned rave reviews from the Rangers' player development staff.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Acosta has drawn comparisons with the Yankees' Gleyber Torres as a potential offensive star who plays up the middle. Acosta's bat produces plenty of line drives and consistently finds the barrel, and the belief is he will have 20-25-homer power once he matures. He recognizes pitches, controls the strike zone and has an all-fields approach that portends an above-average hitter. Somewhat surprisingly, the Rangers clocked Acosta as a below-average runner but expect that to improve once he's in full game shape. He does have a thicker lower half that will have to be maintained. Acosta overcomes his lack of speed defensively with excellent anticipation at shortstop and plus arm strength.

    THE FUTURE: It's easy to get excited about Acosta, even though he hasn't made his official pro debut and still has a lot of developing to do. He will likely begin 2021 in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

  11. 11. Aaron Zavala | OF
    Aaron Zavala
    Born: Jun 23, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 193
    Minors: .293/.419/.400 | 1 HR | 9 SB | 75 AB

    Zavala made an impact the moment he stepped foot on Oregon's campus, appearing in 43 games as a freshman before breaking through in the truncated 2020 season, with a .418/.493/.491 slash line. He's kept up that performance this season, while showing more power, hitting .392/.525/.628 with 50 walks compared to just 31 strikeouts. Zavala's excellent play has caught the attention of scouts, who showed up to the Eugene Regional to watch Zavala cap off his season with a 6-for-18 showing with two homers in four games. Not ranked in the BA 500 coming into the season, Zavala has shot up draft boards and become one of the most talked-about players in the Pacific Northwest, led by an above-average hit tool. Zavala has a short, quick bat with a flat path through the zone from the left side and consistently gets the barrel on the ball. Zavala's low strikeout rates stood out to evaluators, and he works long at-bats. Zavala has strength in his 6-foot, 199-pound frame, with more line-drive power with a gap-to-gap approach. His power did tick up this year, but some evaluators feel he'll need to make some swing adjustments to lead to more juice in the future. Zavala is a good athlete for his size, with solid-average speed and has been clocked at 4.18 seconds down the line. He's played right field this year, but he's shown the ability to play third base and second as well. Zavala's arm is below-average, leading some evaluators to think he profiles better in left field, though he'll likely need to show more power to stay there.

  12. 12. Glenn Otto | RHP
    Glenn Otto
    Born: Mar 11, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 240
    Minors: 9-4 | 3.20 ERA | 134 SO | 24 BB | 96 IP

    Otto is the rare pitcher whose results have skyrocketed while his velocity has taken a step back. His fastball now sits in the low 90s, but the addition of a slider has made all the difference in the world because it pairs with his curveball to give him weapons to hitters from both sides of the plate. Otto got a chance to work together in the 2019 Arizona Fall League with Rangers scout Mike Anderson, who served as the pitching coach for the Surprise Saguaros. Two years later, Otto was the only pitcher included in the teams' Joey Gallo blockbuster.

  13. 13. Bayron Lora | OF
    Bayron Lora
    Born: Sep 29, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Willy Espinal.

    TRACK RECORD: Lora was the top power hitter in the 2019 international signing class when he signed with the Rangers for $3.9 million. His pro debut was delayed when the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 minor league season. Lora got on the field for instructional league after the season but was limited by a wrist injury.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Those who worship exit velocity will go crazy for Lora, who produces readings of 115 mph. His batting practice sessions are comparable to those of the best power hitters in the game. His power is rooted in a good foundation, natural sequencing and plenty of leverage and torque. His massive size doesn't hurt, either, and the Rangers were encouraged by how well Lora took care of himself during the shutdown. While there was some concern Lora might grow too big and be limited to a designated hitter, the Rangers believe he can play right field. He's a below-average defender with below-average speed and will have to watch his weight. His arm strength is average, but accuracy needs work.

    THE FUTURE: As long as his wrist is healthy, Lora should make his pro debut in 2021. He is likely to skip the Dominican Summer League and open in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

  14. 14. Trevor Hauver | 2B
    Trevor Hauver
    Born: Nov 20, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona State, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Troy Afenir.
    Minors: .274/.416/.473 | 15 HR | 2 SB | 351 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Despite the 2020 draft being shortened to just five rounds, Hauver was one of five Arizona State teammates to hear his name called. Hauver was the third of that group, at No. 99 overall. A high school shortstop, Hauver moved to the outfield thanks to a glut of talented Sun Devils infielders.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Before college baseball shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, Hauver was having an excellent start to the season. He finished with a slash line of .339/.494/.695 with five home runs. He'd showed improved plate discipline and a continued ability to hit for both average and power, though scouts did have some swing-and-miss concerns in the long run. The Yankees drafted him as a second baseman, and if he can stick at the position and continue to produce at the plate, he would be a boon of a pick.

    THE FUTURE: The pandemic forced the cancelation of the minor league season and the Yankees did not hold domestic instructional league, which means that Hauver's official pro debut won't take place until 2021. His pedigree gives him a chance to start at High-A.

  15. 15. Tekoah Roby | RHP
    Tekoah Roby
    Born: Sep 18, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 2-2 | 2.45 ERA | 35 SO | 7 BB | 22 IP

    Roby was the Rangers' third-round pick, chosen out of a Florida high school. His signature is a high-spin, big-breaking curveball, which he pairs with a fastball that features plus velocity but plays a tick lower because of a lack of deception in his delivery. His changeup has further to go but the team believes it could get to plus thanks to Roby's commitment to improvement and understanding of analytics. He's an extremely confident pitcher but is currently on the injured list with a right elbow sprain.

  16. 16. Ricky Vanasco | RHP
    Ricky Vanasco
    Born: Oct 13, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Williston, Fla., 2017 (15th round).
    Signed By: Brett Campbell.

    TRACK RECORD: The Rangers signed Vanasco for an above-slot $200,000 as a 15th-round pick in 2017 after he created some buzz during Florida prep showcases. He quickly impressed with a 2.38 ERA through his first three professional seasons and pitched well at the Rangers alternate training site in 2020, but he suffered a torn elbow ligament and had Tommy John surgery in September.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Vanasco's fastball velocity jumped to 94-98 mph in 2019 and he maintained it into 2020 after an offseason focus on adding quality weight. Once he arrived at the alternate site, he showed an 82-86 mph power curveball that remains his best offspeed pitch and a potentially average slider at 89-91 mph. He started to show the feel for an average changeup, which clocked 88-90 mph. Vanasco has the potential for four quality pitches, but he has below-average control and still needs to learn how to pitch as opposed to just throw. That comes only through reps, which he won't get until he returns from surgery.

    THE FUTURE: Vanasco will miss all of 2021 recovering from surgery. He was trending toward a midrotation starter, but now must wait to see how his stuff comes back when he returns.

  17. 17. Cole Ragans | LHP
    Cole Ragans
    Born: Dec 12, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Brett Campbell.
    Minors: 4-3 | 4.35 ERA | 87 SO | 34 BB | 81 IP

    After three lost seasons because of Tommy John surgery and the pandemic, Ragans is back. His signature changeup has returned intact, and it still plays nicely off of his fastball. His slider is ahead of his curveball, with the former used for swings and misses while the latter plays better for called strikes. He was also one of the Rangers' two reps at this year's Futures Game.

  18. 18. Cody Bradford | LHP
    Cody Bradford
    Born: Feb 22, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 6-4 | 4.11 ERA | 128 SO | 21 BB | 97 IP

    The Rangers' sixth-rounder in 2019 out of Baylor missed most of the last two seasons. He was limited to three starts in 2019 because of thoracic outlet syndrome, then lost the 2020 season because of the pandemic. This year, he's made strides thanks to a new slider in his arsenal. The result was 79 strikeouts through his first 57 innings with High-A Hickory.

  19. 19. Dustin Harris | 1B
    Dustin Harris
    Born: Jul 8, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .327/.401/.542 | 20 HR | 25 SB | 404 AB

    Harris was acquired as one half of the return from the A's in exchange for Mike Minor in 2020. He's surprised internal evaluators with his ability to consistently put the barrel on the ball and make hard contact. The team believes that gift, combined with his advanced approach and sound understanding of the strike zone will one day lead to power befitting of a first baseman.

  20. 20. Avery Weems | LHP
    Avery Weems
    Born: Jun 6, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona, 2019 (6th round).
    Signed By: John Kazanas (White Sox).
    Minors: 4-6 | 5.06 ERA | 124 SO | 27 BB | 86 IP

    TRACK RECORD: After starting his career at Yavapai (Ariz.) JC, Weems transferred to Arizona and spent two seasons shuffling between the rotation and bullpen. The White Sox signed him for $10,000 as a senior sign and watched dominate out of the rotation at the Rookie levels. The Rangers acquired Weems with Dane Dunning for Lance Lynn after the 2020 season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Weems has taken a jump in pro ball and impressed evaluators with his performance at instructional league prior to the trade. His four-seam fastball sits 90-94 mph and has touched as high as 96. He pairs his heater with a potentially plus, low-80s curveball with 1-to-7 break as well as a mid-80s slider with slurvy shape. He also has a changeup and two-seamer. Weems' holds his velocity late into his outings and has improved his command after struggling with it in college.

    THE FUTURE: Weems could be a quick mover through the lower levels of the system. He'll start for now, but questions about his command and consistency have most projecting him as a reliever long-term.

  21. 21. 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

    TRACK RECORD: The Rangers drafted White in the second round in 2018 and gave him an above-slot $1.5 million to pass up a South Carolina commitment. To date, that is the most noteworthy part of his professional career. White has not pitched in an official game in three seasons since signing. The Rangers rested him after the draft and he blew out his elbow in 2019, requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery. He did return to pitch in 2020 instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Despite the missed time, White has starter written all over him. He features a fourpitch mix topped by a fastball that sat 93-97 mph during instructs. His best offspeed pitch is a 78-80 mph curveball with plus potential, and he throws an 83-87 mph slider and 84-87 mph changeup that flash average. Best of all, he throws a lot of strikes. He was a terrific prep athlete who is learning to repeat his delivery. He also fields his position well and keeps runners close.

    THE FUTURE: The Rangers plan to send White to low Class A Hickory to open 2021. As he continues to develop his body and gain reps, his ceiling could be a mid-rotation starter.

  22. 22. Cameron Cauley | SS
    Cameron Cauley
    Born: Feb 6, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .255/.311/.383 | 0 HR | 10 SB | 94 AB

    Although he's a high school shortstop, it wouldn't be surprising to see Cauley play a little bit of everywhere either in pro ball or at Texas Tech. He's athletic and his plus speed, feel for the game and solid hands could help him develop into an above-average defender at second base or even in center field. Cauley could end up as an average shortstop or third baseman as well, although his average arm is less than many teams want at those positions. More than anything, he's a proactive baseball player. He makes the routine play and has a good internal clock. At the plate, Cauley's skinny frame and lack of projection make it unlikely he'll ever hit more than 10-15 home runs a year, but he has excellent bat-to-ball skills. He has above-average barrel control and a simple, repeatable swing that generates plenty of contact and gives him a path to being an above-average hitter. Before helping lead Barbers Hill to its first ever Texas state tournament appearance, Cauley was a productive wide receiver for the school's football team. Cauley's father, Chris, pitched three years in the White Sox farm system and is an assistant football and baseball coach at Barbers Hill.

  23. 23. Sherten Apostel | 1B
    Sherten Apostel
    Born: Mar 11, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: Curacao, 2015.
    Signed By: Rene Gayo/Juan Mercado/Mark VanZanten (Pirates).
    Minors: .235/.321/.416 | 10 HR | 0 SB | 238 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Acquired as the player to be named later in the Keone Kela trade with the Pirates in 2018, Apostel joined catcher Sam Huff, shortstop Anderson Tejeda and lefthander John King as players who jumped from high Class A straight to the majors in 2020. He went 2-for-20 with nine strikeouts in his debut and was understandably not quite ready.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Apostel is a large man with power in his bat, and the Rangers see some quality hitting tools, too. Apostel understands the strike zone and looks to do damage when the ball is in the zone, though he is much more productive against lefthanders than righties. His power is to all fields. The main question is where Apostel ends up on defense. He moves well at third base with quick reactions and good range and has a plus arm. A switch to first base could be in the works because of the presence of Josh Jung and lack of depth at first base in the organization. Apostel logged time at first against lefthanders in his debut.

    THE FUTURE: Apostel will begin 2021 back in the minors. He may get regular at-bats in the majors depending on how incumbent first baseman Ronald Guzman produces.

  24. 24. Yeison Morrobel | OF
    Yeison Morrobel
    Born: Dec 8, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: As an amateur in the Dominican Republic, Morrobel earned a reputation as one of the best pure hitters in the country. He was the Rangers' top acquisition when the 2020-21 international signing period opened on Jan. 15.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Morrobel has a lean, athletic build and innate barrel control from the left side. He has good bat speed and makes frequent contact against live pitching, squaring up good velocity with the ability to recognize spin well for his age. It's a high-contact approach geared to put the ball in play and spread the ball around the field. His gap power has started to trend up as he's gotten stronger and he has the physical projection to hit 20-plus home runs in the future, though right now it's more of a hit-over-power offensive game. Morrobel is athletic and a slightly above-average runner who could start in center field, though his body type suggests he will end up more physical and lose a step, which would shift him to a corner. He has at least a plus arm now that would fit in right field.

    THE FUTURE: Morrobel earns high marks for his bat, but he's still a teenager who needs to be tested against better competition. He will get his first taste of pro ball in 2021.

  25. 25. Davis Wendzel | SS
    Davis Wendzel
    Born: May 23, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Baylor, 2019 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: .239/.348/.386 | 7 HR | 1 SB | 197 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Wendzel won the Big-12 Conference co-player of the year award with Josh Jung in 2019. The Rangers drafted both when they selected Jung eighth overall and Wendzel 41st overall after the season. Wendzel got into only seven games after signing, but he spent time at the alternate training site in 2020 and finished in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Wendzel's instincts at the plate and defensive versatility stand out the most about him. He controls the strike zone and makes quality swing decisions, which results in hard contact. The Rangers are confident he will rap plenty of doubles and believe there are more homers in his bat than they did a year ago. His defense isn't an issue, other than finding him a spot. He can play second base, third base and shortstop at an average clip as well as across the outfield. He played some center at the alternate site. He has the plus arm to fit in multiple spots.

    THE FUTURE: Wendzel's status as a polished college hitter should serve him well. He has a chance to move quickly alongside fellow top picks Jung and Justin Foscue.

  26. 26. David Garcia | C
    David Garcia
    Born: Feb 6, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: Rafic Saab/Jhonny Gomez.
    Minors: .256/.298/.349 | 5 HR | 0 SB | 301 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Several clubs considered Garcia the top catcher in the 2016 international class when the Rangers signed him for $800,000. Garcia has moved slowly and is yet to play above short-season ball, but the Rangers opted to add him to their 40-man roster after the 2020 season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The switch-hitting Garcia has a good idea of the strike zone for his age. That allows him to be a line-drive, gap-to-gap hitter and fairly equal from both sides of the plate. Garcia isn't much of a power threat, and what power he does have is to the pull side. His bat is behind his defense, which is the best among catchers in the system and will be his ticket to the big leagues. He is an above-average receiver who moves well with quick footwork. He has an above-average, accurate arm that has allowed him to throw out 35 percent of attempted basestealers in his career.

    THE FUTURE: Garcia will jump to full-season ball in 2021. He will try to distance himself from a pack of catchers system-wide and take the lead in the race to be Sam Huff's future backup.

  27. 27. Steele Walker | OF
    Steele Walker
    Born: Jul 30, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Oklahoma, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Rob Cummings (White Sox).
    Minors: .251/.320/.414 | 15 HR | 10 SB | 399 AB

    TRACK RECORD: A native of Prosper, Texas, Walker was one of college baseball's top hitters at Oklahoma when the White Sox drafted him 41st overall in 2018. The Rangers acquired him for Nomar Mazara at the 2019 Winter Meetings. Walker joined the alternate training site in September and showed off an experienced, polished offensive game.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Walker has a solid track record of hitting. He has an advanced approach and good plate discipline. He has excellent hand-eye coordination and hits the ball hard back up the middle and to right field. He has average power with enough natural lift in his swing to find gaps and clear fences. The power he has now is to his pull side. Though athletic enough to play center field, Walker projects as a solid right fielder. He's very confident, which has led some to see aloofness from time to time and questions about if he will bring his best every day.

    THE FUTURE: Walker does a lot of things well, which makes the Rangers confident he will be a major league contributor sooner rather than later. He will likely open 2021 at Double A Frisco, only miles from his hometown.

  28. 28. Justin Slaten | RHP
    Justin Slaten
    Born: Sep 15, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 197
    Minors: 4-8 | 6.01 ERA | 110 SO | 31 BB | 83 IP

    Slowly but surely, the Rangers have seen Slaten round into the form they expected when they selected him in the third round of the 2019 draft. When he's right, his fastball sits in the mid-to-upper 90s and is complemented by one of the breaking balls from a righthander in the system. His changeup needs further development, but he found success in July with 34 strikeouts and just four walks in 20.1 innings.

  29. 29. Ronny Henriquez | RHP
    Ronny Henriquez
    Born: Jun 20, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Willy Espinal.
    Minors: 5-7 | 4.71 ERA | 105 SO | 25 BB | 94 IP

    TRACK RECORD: A converted outfielder who signed for just $10,000, Henriquez had a sterling debut in the Dominican Summer League before hitting a few bumps in an aggressive assignment to low Class A Hickory in 2019. His only 2020 action came during instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Henriquez might not look the part at 5-foot-10, but the Little Engine That Could stands out as a premium strike-thrower with the best delivery in the system. His fastball sits in the mid- 90s, but it tends to be flat and plays down from its raw velocity, so he has worked to try to get more vertical movement to his heater. Henriquez's real weapons are his plus slider and a changeup that has flashed plus. He has a knack for controlling his emotions and staying calm when trouble arises.

    THE FUTURE: Henriquez will likely never be a 200-inning starting pitcher but he may be able to cover 150-180 innings. The biggest test will be to see if his stuff, namely his fastball, is good enough once he gets to Double-A.

  30. 30. A.J. Alexy | RHP
    A.J. Alexy
    Born: Apr 21, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Honey Brook, Pa., 2016 (11th round).
    Signed By: Rich Delucia (Dodgers).
    Minors: 3-1 | 1.66 ERA | 76 SO | 27 BB | 65 IP

    TRACK RECORD: One of three players acquired from the Dodgers in the Yu Darvish trade, Alexy made only five starts for low Class A Hickory in 2019 before he suffered a season-ending strained lat and received a platelet-rich plasma injection. He was not invited to the alternate training site in 2020, but showed enough during instructional league that the Rangers added him to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Alexy's bread and butter is his 94-98 mph fastball with big vertical movement. When his curveball is right, it's a nasty pitch with big 12-to-6 break. The pitch doesn't always hold its shape, but it's his best secondary offering. Alexy also has a feel for a fringy but usable changeup. Whether he can improve his below-average control will make or break Alexy's bid to be a starter. He impressed the Rangers with the dedication he showed during the shutdown, staying in Arizona to work on the mechanical side of things and also gain a better understanding of how to pitch.

    THE FUTURE: Alexy will continue starting for now. His future is likely as a reliever, where his power fastball-curveball combination could be devastating in short bursts.

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