The Texas Rangers haven’t been known for developing top-tier talent in their farm system, but hopefully they are rounding third on that front. Six of the Rangers’ prospects have made MLB’s top 100 list, showcasing the depth of the farm and potential of the team’s future.
Baseball America had 3 Texas Rangers prospects listed in their top 100:
- Evan Carter
- Josh Jung
- Owen White
Baseball Prospectus released their top 101 on January 20th and only had two Rangers prospect listed:
- Evan Carter
- Josh Jung
Those lists had a number of Texas Rangers wondering if everyone was down on the farm system. The release of MLB’s top 100 prospects for the 2023 season might help calm some of that concern.
The Texas Rangers six top 100 prospects
Josh Jung (34)
Josh Jung is listed at number 34 on the list. I’m not really considering him a prospect personally because we expect him to play 3rd the entire season. Nonetheless, he still has Rookie status and hasn’t graduated off the list officially.
Jung made his MLB debut in 2022 hitting .204/.235/.418/.653 with 5 home runs and 14 RBI in 26 games. The strikeout numbers need to come down- he punched out 39 times- but he has the potential to hit 25 home runs a season.
Evan Carter (41)
Carter has catapulted up the prospect rankings since being drafted in 2020. In 2022, he slashed a line of .295/.397/.489/.885 between the High-A and Double-A levels. He only played six games in Frisco but had a slash line of .429/.536/.714/1.250 with 1 home run, 7 RBI, 5 walks and 6 strikeouts.
He helped Frisco win their first Texas League Championship since 2004 and also won a Rawlings Gold Glove. That’s impressive for a 20-year-old.
Owen White (66)
Owen White is the Texas Rangers number one pitching prospect. White, dealt with injury for a big chunk of time in the 2nd half of the season but prior to injury, when he was on the mound, he was effective.
He had a 9-2 win-loss record with a 3.59 earned run average in 80.1 innings pitched between the High-A and Double-A levels. He struckout 104 and issued only 23 walks.
Luisangel Acuña (71)
Acuña is small but mighty and packs some power. Between High-A Hickory and Double-A Frisco he slashed a line of .277/.369/.426/.795 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI. He flashed his speed while stealing 40 bases. A position change may be coming in the future for Acuña of he isn’t traded as the Rangers are set in the middle of the diamond.
Jack Leiter (78)
Leiter showed flashes of brilliance during his first professional season but he also struggled with his command. He walked 56 batters but struckout 109 in 92.2 innings. He finished the 2022 season with a 3-10 win-loss record with a 5.54 earned run average.
Brock Porter (94)
Brock Porter was the Rangers 4th round pick in 2022 and was the win of the draft for the Rangers and they showed it by paying him a record breaking bonus of $3.7MM. Porter has yet to throw a professional pitch but he has thrown three no-hitters. The 19-year-old had a flawless 9-0 win-loss record with a 0.41 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and 115 strikeouts in 10 outings prior to being drafted. He is a flame-thrower and can averages upper 90s on his fastball, topping out at 100 mph.
I saw five of these six prospects in person at Riders Field. As you can see, there’s plenty to be excited about on the farm for the Texas Rangers. In just a few years, the Rangers have gone from having a system ranked near the bottom to a top 5-6 system in baseball. The future is indeed bright.
Until next time, keep swinging for the fences.