The Texas Rangers are entering into a rebuild process. Where do they start this rebuild as a farm system?
We are in our third offseason at Call to the Pen of putting together top 10 prospect lists for every organization in baseball. Today’s list is the Texas Rangers.
Our team prospect lists are compiled by Benjamin Chase, who has spent time doing plenty of watching via MiLB.tv of every organization in baseball along with talking to a very wide array of scouts who have seen players in person to hone his own opinion on players. That allows for a wide coverage on players from the Dominican Summer League all the way to the major leagues.
These lists are the opinion of Ben, and his process is heavily weighted on his own view, but also on trusted views of others. Typically, each system’s list of 10 is peeled down from a consideration list of 50-75 players. There will be some weight given to a player who is closer to the major leagues, but often these opinions will be different than some of the “major” lists out there. Feel free to comment at the end of the list with any questions you may have!
With that out of the way, let’s dig into today’s list:
Texas Rangers system review
After a strong run of competition, including 5 trips to the playoffs over 7 seasons along with 2 trips to the World Series, the Texas Rangers are facing a time of extended rebuild. With their farm system in need of a major influx of talent, the Rangers could be making some big moves this winter.
Once a team that not only competed for the playoffs year after year, but also had one of the strongest farm systems in all of baseball, the Texas Rangers have fallen off in their depth and quality in their farm system over the last half-decade. The Rangers have been drafting premium athletes and premium velocity for years and signing the same. While those players frequently end up superstars when they succeed, they also fail much more frequently. That has been the case of late, and it’s left the Texas Rangers system in a place where a talent influx is needed.
That said, there are some excellent players at the low levels, and they could be the leaders of the next wave of talented players to lead the Rangers to competition.
Let’s start with the countdown, starting with a player that fell outside of the top 10, but was picked up in 2018 via the draft or international signing and is worthy of extra attention going into 2019…