This afternoon our Rangers made several moves with their 60-man player pool. They started the youth movement by assigning Davis Wendzel along with outfielders Bubba Thompson and Steele Walker, to the alternate site.
This is what some fans, including most of us at The Prospect Times, have been calling for. Not that all of these guys will play. There will have to be other moves made to the roster for these guys to play. But it’s nice to dream.
Davis Wendzel was drafted by the Rangers 41st overall in the 2019 draft from Baylor. He played four games for the Arizona League and then 3 games for Spokane. Between the two, he hit for a line of .316/.458/.526/.985 with 1 home run and 2 RBI. He’s played 3rd, SS and a couple of game at 2B.
Outfielder, Bubba Thompson’s stock has dropped recently but he’s still young. In April of last year, he was sidelined with a fracture of his hamate bone in his left hand. With the Wood Ducks he hit for a .178/.261/.312/.573 line. His Arizona Fall League numbers alot better though a smaller size at .254/.337/.394/.732.
Steele Walker was the player acquired in the Nomar Mazara trade. He has yet to play above High-A ball. In in 120 games last year he hit .284/.361/.451/.811 with 10 HR and 62 RBI.
In other moves both SS Elvis Andrus and LHP Brett Martin were activated from the 10-day IL. Luke Farrell was activated from the IL and moved to the alternate site.