The Texas Rangers selected Texas native Josh Jung with the 8th overall pick of the 2019 first year player draft.
Josh Jung, 21, stands at 6’2 and 215 LBS according to the Texas Techs roster. He is a 3rd baseman and bats from the right side of the plate.
Jung becomes the first College level player that the Rangers select with their first round pick since 2008.
This year in 209 at bats his batting average was .335 with an on-base percentage of .474. His slugging percentage was .603 making his OPS 1.077. He hit 11 home runs and drove in 53.
In 2018, he was even better. His batting average was .392 with an on base percentage of .491. Jung’s slugging percentage was .639 and his OPS was 1.130 in 263 at bats. He hit 12 home runs and had 80 RBI.
I’m no scout and I’ve never seen Jung play in person but most of what I have seen is positive. He played shortstop this year with Texas Tech but it’s been reported that the Rangers view him as a 3rd baseman. That doesn’t mean he won’t switch or play other positions.
He’s reportedly got good arm strength needed for the position and has a good presence and awareness at the plate. That seems to be clear based on his numbers he has posted the last two years.
Could he start off in Spokane?
The Texas Rangers selected Texas Tech third baseman Josh Jung with the 8th overall pick in tonight’s #MLBDraft. Will we see him in a Spokane Indians jersey this summer?
— Spokane Indians (@spokaneindians) June 4, 2019
I am on board with them selecting Josh Jung though I am surprised they didn’t select a pitcher.
We can’t wait to follow the journey and as usual, be sure to come back to check his progress through the farm.