Texas Rangers Farm System Report 2015

Texas Rangers Farm System

Rank #11 heading into the 2015 season
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Texas Rangers Farm System

The Rangers spend a significant amount of money of guys who are “toolsy” in the draft and the international market. They shelled out 4.95 million for Nomar Mazara, 4.5 for Jairo Beras and 3.5 for Ronald Guzman since 2012 All three have not put up impressive numbers …yet. This is a very intriguing plan as there is a pretty good margin for error and success. For example, Joey Gallo was their 2012 first round pick. A ton of unbelievable raw power but has zero patience at the plate. Fast forward and he’s one of the top prospects in the game blasting 30+ homers each season in the minors while improving his approach at the plate. There’s no question he has a ton of power, but how does it translate to the bigs? That’s the question a lot of scouts are asking.

Ti’Quan Forbes was a great selection for the Rangers in the second round of the 2014 draft. He showed a ton of speed in his professional debut with 10 stolen bases in 48 games. Luis Ortiz is a budding superstar waiting in the wings. Ortiz was selected #30 in the 2014 draft and promptly posted a 1.77 ERA over 6 starts (9 games) 20.1 innings pitched, 19K’s and 6 walks. Ortiz has a 92+ fastball, slider, and changeup. His fastball/slider are currently plus pitches and has an uncharacteristic ability to throw strikes and command his pitches. He has very clean mechanics and can repeat his delivery which makes him a very capable pitcher to progress quickly through the system.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro is one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball (Top 10 Catcher LIST). Alfaro is a solid backstop but needs to cut down on his strikeouts.
Right-hander Alex Gonzalez is a fast-rising prospect that should reach the majors in September in 2015 if he continues to dominate as he has. Lewis Brinson is another guy with great tools and high on-base percentage. Brinson was a 2012 first round pick out of high school. Texas has a very exciting system and will quickly be climbing our list as these prospects steadily improve.