Texas Rangers Top 20 Prospects in Review

This list was originally posted November 24, 2007. THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST!! THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE OLD LIST!!!!!!!

1) Taylor Teagarden, C, Grade B+
      A disappointing .217/.331/.378 between Double-A and Triple-A this year, with excessive strikeouts the main problem. I have liked him a lot and still do, but I exepcted more.
2) Eric Hurley, RHP, Grade B+
      4.83 ERA with 74/30 K/BB in 82 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, 5.47 with 13/9 K/BB and five homers allowed in 25 major league innings. The fly ball tendency looks like it is going to be an issue.
3) Elvis Andrus, SS, Grade B+
     .285/.340/.359 with 47 steals for Double-A Frisco. Just 19 years old and in Double-A, so at this point the lack of power doesn't worry me too much given his other skills.
4) Chris Davis, 3B, Grade B+
     .333/.386/.643 between Double-A and Triple-A, .270/.310/.546 in the majors. Incredible power, so far the strikeouts have not hurt him.
5) Matt Harrison, LHP, Grade B+
      3.43 ERA withi 55/28 K/BB in 84 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. 7.07 ERA with 7/19 K/BB in 36 innings in the majors. Capable of better, but has to make the adjustments and get the components back in line.
6) Michael Main, RHP, Grade B
     2.61 ERA with 43/17 K/BB in 41 innings between AZL Rangers and Clinton in the Midwest League. Looks good right now.
7) John Mayberry Jr, OF, Grade B
     .270/.322/.478 for Triple-A Oklahoma. Has all the tools, shows flashes of skills but still pretty raw.  
8) Kasey Kiker, LHP, Grade B
     4.30 ERA with 90/29 K/BB in 103 innings for Class A Bakersfield, 110 hits allowed. Not bad for a 20 year old in the Cal League.
9) Max Ramirez, C, Grade B
     .354/.450/.646 for Double-A Frisco, .233/.313/.395 in 13 games for the Rangers. Looks like a terrific hitter, main problem is finding a defensive home.
10) German Duran, 2B, Grade B
      .225/.279/.363 for the Rangers. Capable of better, but has just 20 games of Triple-A under his belt.
11) Omar Poveda, RHP, Grade B
       5.05 ERA with 77/29 K/BB in 73 innings, 69 hits allowed for Bakersfield. Component ratios are better than the ERA; he's still a good prospect.
12) Neftali Feliz, RHP, Grade B-
       Massive breakthrough season, 2.52 ERA with 106/28 K/BB in 82 innings in the Midwest League, then 3.56 ERA and 35/17 K/BB in 30 innings after skipping High-A and moving to Double-A. One of the best pitching prospects in baseball.
13) Blake Beavan, RHP, Grade B-
      2.56 ERA with 61/17 K/BB in 106 innings for Clinton, 93 hits allowed. Good command, but strikeout rate is low and ground ball tendency may not be quite strong enough to overcome that. Still very young.
14) Brandon Boggs, OF, Grade C+
      .237/.335/.397 for the Rangers. He will do better with more experience and should/could have long career as a fourth outfielder.
15) Johnny Whittleman, 3B, Grade C+
       .265/.379/.403 for Bakersfield. Has drawn 81 walks, but power production has been disappointing.
16) Julio Borbon, OF, Grade C+
       .307/.347/.405 with 46 steals combined between Bakersfield and Frisco. Lacks plate discipline, but has doubles power to go with the speed.
17) Tommy Hunter, RHP, Grade C+
        3.56 ERA with 95/29 K/BB in 144 innings, 151 hits combined between A-ball, Double-A, and Triple-A. Has been crushed in three major league starts, but given meteoric rise this is not unexpected.
18) Armando Galarraga, RHP, Grade C+
      Traded to Tigers, 11-4, 3.11 with a 92/44 K/BB in 133 innings, 109 hits allowed in the majors, much better than expected.
19) Neil Ramirez, RHP, Grade C+
       3.38 ERA with 35/18 K/BB in 29 innings for Spokane in the Northwest League. Good K/IP, needs better command.
20) Brennan Garr, RHP, Grade C+
       3.40 ERA with 52/24 K/BB in 42 innings for Frisco. Command needs sharpening, but still on line to provide bullpen help eventually.

The development of Feliz is terrific, of course. I'm very worried now about Hurley's gopher problems. He might need another organization. Mayberry could languish but still has a great tool set and shows flashes of the skills needed to make it work. There have been some guys jumped ahead of schedule to the majors, but overall I think the Rangers have a bright future.

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