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Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects for 2014

Written By on 19th November, 2013

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The Rangers system has fallen off some from a stretch of prolonged excellence over the last few years. That’s not unusual to find when a team is drafting 25th to 30th every year, though. There is plenty of high impact, toolsy guys around the Texas farm still, but much of it comes with considerable risk. Some strong off the radar picks continue to bolster the system. When I asked about a draft pick this year one Rangers scout remarked to me: “we do things a little differently.” They do, and it works. – AS

Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects for 2014

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1Jorge AlfaroCA raw receiver with a plus arm, athleticism and a potential above average hit tool that could make him a perennial all star, Alfaro's is one of the top two or three best catching prospects in baseball. - CB

A man with a truly rare skillset as a catcher with big athleticism, pop, and arm strength, Alfaro remains raw in his receiving and plate discipline but has intriguing upside. - NS VIDEO VIDEO
2Rougned Odor2BOdor resembles Rangers 2B Jurickson Profar in some way. Both guys have great natural bat to ball ability and make adjustments. Both guys have good but not electric raw tools otherwise, but they play above their tools because of their tremendous feel for the game. The convoluted middle infield love triangle in Arlington is close to becoming a love square. - AS VIDEO
3Luke JacksonRHPJackson combines premium arm speed and velocity with enough command and secondary stuff to be truly dangerous, and projects to be a good third starter. - NS
4Luis SardinasSSWhile I'm not a big believer in the bat, Sardinas is a shortstop who can hit some. That has a lot of value. It would have even more value on a team that didn't have so many quality shortstops already. -AS VIDEO
5Nick WilliamsOFWilliams stings the ball to all fields, and often over fences, his approach isn't as raw as his numbers suggest, and he has good athleticism as well, making him one of the best outfield prospects in the low minors. - NS VIDEO
6Joey Gallo3B/1BArguably the strongest teenager playing professional ball last year, Gallo is a potential three outcome type player who will need to shorten his swing to cut down on a astronomical strikeout rate that could plague his development. - CB

Nobody in the minors has more power, but it may also be true that nobody has a longer swing. Gallo led Low-A in homers but he almost certainly also led in swinging strikes. He is surprisingly athletic, though, which takes some pressure off the bat. - NS VIDEO VIDEO
7Nomar MazaraOFMazara joined a number of other players on this list with a challenging assignment to Hickory in the SAL. Like the others Mazara K'd a lot. He lacks the flashy non-power tools of Brinson, but could settle well in a corner. Mazara is a project, like all the Hickory guys. - AS VIDEO
8Lewis BrinsonOFAn athletically gifted defender with borderline plus speed and a strong throwing arm, Brinson future projection is contingent on cutting down his swing significantly and making consistent contact. - CB VIDEO
9Alex GonzalezRHPGonzalez is a sinker/slider pitcher with a good feel for pitching. His game is more about weak contact than missed bats, but he looks to be able to help the back of a major league rotation in short order. - AS
10Travis DemeritteSS/3BThe Rangers love athletes with bat speed and Demeritte fits the bill. Unlike poor Mike Olt, this Rangers 3B prospect may have a chance to be ready around the time Adrian Beltre's deal is up. - AS

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Other Rangers Prospects of Note

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Alec Asher
RHPTexas may have got a good one in Asher. This large framed power pitcher with a history of elbow problems showed up to pro ball with improved stuff and velo. - AS
Jairo BerasOFThis big Dominican teenager remains on the edge between myth and legend after his year suspension and a broken hamate bone. Tools are there for him to be an impact bat. - AS
Pat CantwellCAn excellent catch and throw guy. Cantwell won't impress with the bat, but can potentially carve out a nice niche as a MLB backup.

Texas Rangers Notable 2013 Draft Picks

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PICK
PLAYER
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SCHOOL
123Alex GonzalezRHPOral Roberts
130Travis DemeritteSSWinder-Barrow HS (GA)
262Akeem BostickRHPWest Florence HS (SC)
399David LedbetterRHPCedarville HS (OH)
4130Isiah Kiner-FalefaSSMid-Pacific Institute
5160Joe JacksonCThe Citadel
6190Sam WolffRHPNew Mexico
7220Nick GardewineRHPKaskaskia CC (IL)
8250Evan Van Hoosier2BJC of Southern Nevada
10310Cole WiperRHPOregon
21640Luke LanphereRHPCitrus Valley HS (CA)

Draft Recap:┬áThe Rangers grabbed a couple players they really liked early in Oral Roberts’s Chi-Chi Gonzalez and Georgia prep shortstop Travis Demeritte. Both had solid debuts. Gonzalez didn’t really impress me last summer on the Cape, but he had a lot of helium in the Spring. The rest of the draft has already yielded a number of players who showed better than expected in their pro debuts – in typical Rangers fashion. – AS

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