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Texas League Top 20 Prospects

By Will Lingo
September 26, 2002

1. Mark Teixeira, 3b, Tulsa Drillers (Rangers)
Though his season almost ended before it started because of a spring-training elbow injury, Teixeira made quite an impression, Managers tabbed him as baseball's next great power switch-hitter.

"To get him out, he takes it as a personal insult," said Tim Ireland, Teixeira's manager at Tulsa. "He has all the attributes of a natural hitter, and that's from both sides of the plate."

Some teams tried to pitch him in with fastballs, while others thought he had more trouble with pitchers who changed speeds. Overall, managers were just wowed by his approach and his power.

What's more, Teixeira's defense was better than expected. Some said his rumored move to first base shouldn’t be a foregone conclusion and that he will be a better third baseman than fellow Rangers prospect Hank Blalock. Teixeira has better agility and is more athletic than he looks at first glance.

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