The Texas Rangers are the envy of baseball when it comes to hitting prospects, particularly when it comes to middle infielders. They boast one of the top prospects in baseball in shortstop Jurickson Profar. The depth is incredible and as you read on pay particular attention to the absurd display of talent from the 2012 draft class in the Arizona League. This is certainly a fun time to be a Rangers fan.
AAA – Round Rock Express
Leonys Martin OF – Age 24 – The Villa Clara Cuban Martin isn’t the most complete player in the Rangers organization, however he plays excellent defense, runs the bases very well, tremendous plate discipline, has some pop, and is an excellent contact hitter. He was hitting .344 with 5 HRs and 7 SB to go with a 20/15 K/BB ratio over 128 at bats with Round Rock before getting promoted to the Rangers almost a month ago. He’s played sparingly since the promotion, going 6 for 29 with a 5/3 K/BB ratio in 11 games.
AA Frisco RoughRider
Jurickson Profar SS – Age 19 – Arguably the top prospect in baseball at this time, Profar can do it all. He’s hitting .291 with 10 HRs, 40 RBI, 54 Runs, and 9 SB to go with a 52/40 K/BB ratio over 323 at bats. It’s no longer a matter of the Rangers rushing him as it is how long can they hold him back? He will certainly be a reason if the Rangers decide to let Ian Kinsler walk away.
Mike Olt 3B – Age 23 – Olt quickly went from one of the hottest players in baseball to 1 of the coldest. Despite his 10 game slide where he’s just 6 for 35 with 9 K’s, he’s hitting .292 with 22 HRs, 63 RBI, 53 Runs, and 4 SB to go with a 85/51 K/BB ratio over 291 at bats. It remains to be seen if he gets a peek at Arlington this season, but he should find his way to Round Rock before the season is over.
Jared Hoying OF – Age 23 – Hoying is hitting .383 with 2 HRs and 8 RBI along with a 9/4 K/BB ratio over 60 at bats since being promoted from High-A a couple of weeks ago. The 2010 10th round pick has a little pop and a little speed, but don’t expect him to keep this type of average up, in fact, if he hits 100 points lower the Rangers will be happy with it.
Leury Garcia SS/2B – Age 21 – Garcia from the Dominican Republic is hitting .268 with 1 HR, 7 Triples, and 15 SB to go with a 56/7 K/BB ratio over 228 at bats on the season. There isn’t any pop here, but is a threat to steal 30 plus bases. Could turn into a nice utility infielder.
Engel Beltre OF – Age 22 – Beltre is hitting .242 with 7 HRs, 11 Triples, 32 RBI, 46 Runs, and 24 SB to go with a 78/14 K/BB ratio over 355 at bats. His .285 OBP is holding him back and he just hasn’t lived up the promise he once had when he was traded from Boston to Texas as part of the Eric Gagne trade in 2007. Still he’s still young enough and he can make some adjustments he could be pretty good.
High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Odubel Herrera 2B – Age 20 – The Venezuelan has hit for average at every level and over the past 2 seasons has displayed a little more speed. He’s hitting .292 with 2 HRs, 5 Triples, 13 Doubles, 31 RBI, 47 Runs, and 17 SB along with a 72/19 K/BB ratio over 329 at bats on the season. The Rangers continue to crank out middle infielders like nobody else.
Hanser Alberto SS – Age 19 – The 5’11” Dominican had a bit of a tough time adjusting to North American play last season, but has really busted out this season. He’s hitting .322 with 5 HRs, 3 Triples, 19 Doubles, 46 RBI, 49 Runs, and 17 SB to go with a 28/18 K/BB ratio over 332 at bats. 86 of those at bats coming since his promotion to High-A. See my above statement about Rangers middle infielders. He’s a player to keep tabs on for sure.
Christian Villanueva 3B – Age 21 – One of the top prospects in a deep Rangers organization, Villanueva from Mexico is hitting .274 with 8 HRs, 18 Doubles, 46 RBI, 42 Runs, and 8 SB to go with a 72/20 K/BB ratio over 314 at bats. It’s not quite the pace he was on last year, but it’s not bad and there are many who believe his the Rangers 3B of the future over Mike Olt.
Low-A Hickory Crawdads
Rougned Odor SS/DH – Age 18 – The 5’11” Venezuelan jumped onto everyone’s radar last season with his feisty play in the NWL. Having Andrus, Profar, Alberto, and Odor at the same position in the same organization is just wrong. Odor his hitting .297 with 8 HRs, 3 Triples, 19 Doubles, 35 RBI, 45 Runs, and 12 SB to go with a 40/16 K/BB ratio over 266 at bats on the season. His .184 ISoP for a 170 pound 18 year old kid in the SALLY is pretty remarkable and suggests there may be more power yet to come.
Luis Sardinas SS/DH – Age 19 – At 6’1″ and all of 150 pounds Sardinas presents yet another Venezuelan middle infielder who should be noticed, but is clearly shadowed by the depth in the Rangers system. He is hitting .296 with 42 Runs and 21 SB to go with a 34/18 K/BB ratio over 233 at bats. He’s been on the DL since the 4th of July, but should be back soon.
Drew Robinson 3B – Age 20 – The 2010 4th round pick is hitting .284 with 8 HRs, 3 Triples, 16 Doubles, 48 RBI, 49 Runs, and 10 SB along with a 74/59 K/BB ratio over 264 at bats. He’s was hampered with injuries last season, so he didn’t really get noticed in the NWL. He’s worth keeping an eye on as a someone who has a nice mix of power and speed.
Zach Cone OF – Age 22 – The 2011 37th overall pick out of Georgia wasn’t overly impressive in his pro debut in the NWL last season. This season however, he’s brought his thumping stick with him to the Sally. He’s hitting .269 with 11 HRs, 3 Triples, 11 Doubles, 38 RBI, 40 Runs, and 6 SB to go with a 67/21 K/BB ratio over 253 at bats. He’s too old for the Sally and needs to start moving through the system quicker.
Jorge Alfaro C – Age 19 – We’re a big fan of Alfaro and he’s a very good candidate to stick at catcher and could be above average on both sides of the plate. He’s hitting .269 with 3 HRs, 3 Triples, 5 Doubles, 19 RBI, 23 Runs, and 3 SB to go with a 38/10 K/BB ratio in 119 at bats. A very promising young player that should be watched closely.
Short Season-A Spokane Indians
Christopher Garcia OF – Age 19 – Like Jurickson Profar, Garcia is from Willemstad, Curacao. Unlike Profar he’s not in AA at age 19, but rather SS-A in his North American debut. He’s hitting .276 with 1 HR, 3 Triples, 3 Doubles, 10 RBI, 14 Runs, and 6 SB to go with a 21/10 K/BB ratio over 87 at bats. I should be taking some video of him pretty soon.
Smerling Lantigua 3B – Age 18 – The young Dominican has tools but is struggling early in his debut state-side. He’s just 7 for 55 with 22 strikeouts to just 1 walk. 4 of his hits have been for extra bases and when he puts wood on ball it is with authority. I look forward to getting video of this very raw, but intriguing player.
Patrick Cantwell – Age 22 – The Rangers 2012 3rd round pick is off to a 8 for 36 start that includes a 7/3 K/BB ratio.
Preston Beck OF – Age 21 – The Rangers 2012 5th round pick is off to a 20 for 81 start with 1 HR and 1 SB to go with a 14/8 K/BB ratio.
Royce Bolinger OF – Age 21 – The Rangers 2012 6th round pick is off to a 12 for 73 start that includes a 14/5 K/BB ratio.
Cam Schiller 2B – Age 22 – The Rangers 2012 7th round pick is off to a 15 for 75 start with 1 HR and a 8/11 K/BB ratio.
Rookie Arizona League Rangers
Ronald Guzman OF – Age 17 – One of the top international signings last year, Guzman is making his pro debut in the AZL. He’s 15 for 55 with a 14/5 K/BB. at 6’5″ and 205 pounds he’s going to be interesting to watch develop.
Nomar Mazara OF – Age 17 – Barely 17, Mazara was viewed by many as they best player on the international market last season. He’s 6’4″ and 195 pounds from the Dominican Republic. He’s 12 for 57 with a 23/16 K/BB ratio so far in his pro debut.
Lewis Brinson OF – Age 18 – The 29th overall pick in the 2012 draft is off to a great start. He’s hitting .278 with 2 HRs, 5 Triples, 8 Doubles, 17 RBI, 18 Runs, and 2 SB in just 76 at bats to go with a 25/7 K/BB ratio. The .312 ISoP is no joke either.
Joey Gallo 3B – Age 18 – The 39th overall pick in the 2012 draft is off to a MONSTER start. He’s hitting .315 with 8 HRs, 1 Triple, 4 Doubles, 18 RBI, 22 Runs, and 2 sb to go with a 16/20 K/BB ratio over just 54 at bats. If that’s not silly enough, he’s sporting a .565 ISoP. No, I didn’t say .565 SLG, I said a .565 ISoP. Get him on your radar – Now!
Nick Williams OF – Age 18 – The 93rd pick in the 2012 draft is off to a fine start as well. He’s hitting .375 with 1 HR, 2 Triples, 4 Doubles, and 7 SB to go with a 11/2 K/BB ratio over 64 at bats in a very crowded AZL Rangers outfield.
Jamie Jarmon OF – Age 18 – The 83rd overall pick in the 2012 draft isn’t off to the same start that other’s in the Ranger system are. He’s off to a 9 for 51 start and has a 17/7 K/BB ratio. It’s early and Jarmon has talent. Nothing to worry about here.
Janluis Castro SS – Age 18 – The Rangers 2012 16th round pick from Puerto Rico is hitting .357/.419/.429 over 28 at bats so far. He also has a 6/2 K/BB ratio.
Rookie Dominican Summer League Rangers
Eduardo Pinto OF – Age 18 – The 5’11” 150 pound Dominican is hitting .400 with 3 SB and 30 Runs to go with a 6/19 K/BB ratio over 95 at bats. He’s showing an excellent eye and good contact abilities on the young season.
Carlos Garay C – Age 17 – The 6’0″ 178 pound Venezuelan is hitting .302 with 2 Triples, 2 Doubles, and 20 RBI to go with an 8/11 K/BB ratio over 86 at bats.
Jose Gonzalez OF – Age 18 – The 6’1″ 175 pound Mexican is hitting .289 with 2 Triples, 7 Doubles, 33 RBI, 29 Runs, and 4 SB to go with a 27/26 K/BB ratio over 128 at bats.
That’s our up-to-date report on the Rangers organizational hitting report. Thanks for checking in with us.
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