Texas Rangers Prospect Update
Sam Huff: The power hitting catching prospect was called up by the Rangers on September 10th and has struggled up to this point. Struggles are to be expected for the youngster as this is his first taste of playing above high-a. For the remainder of the season expect him to be splitting time with Jeff Mathis.
Leody Taveras: Taveras was once a highly touted prospect in the low minors, but the hype surrounding him has decreased substantially due to inconsistent performance against higher level pitching. It’s clear however that the Rangers brass still thinks highly of him as they’re playing him everyday in his first taste of the big leagues. Despite his .221/.308/.687 slash line, Taveras has shown flashes of the player scouts thought he may once be. He’s definitely a player to keep an eye on next season especially if he’s able to win a starting job during the spring.
Anderson Tejeda: A player who has impressed me while watching the Rangers has been Anderson Tejeda. Similar to Taveras, he’s shown flashes and has been able to hold his own against big league pitching thus far. The biggest improvement Tejada needs to make in the off season is his ability to manage the strike zone. He’s got a putrid .04 BB/K ratio which will undoubtedly hinder his upside to hit for a high average.
Sherten Apostel: One of the more surprising moves the Rangers made this summer was calling up Sherten Apostel. Scouts rave about his power potential to go along with an above average arm, but I don’t think we’ll be able to see his true ability until further down the road. I wasn’t a fan of calling up Apostel, but at the same time, I see the logic behind it. Apostel’s bat wasn’t ready for the majors just yet, but why not see what you have at the end of a lost season?