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Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Running: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: The Rangers made Jung the eighth overall pick in 2019 after a star-studded career at Texas Tech. He signed for $4.4 million and got his feet wet with a productive but not flashy 44-game run in the Rookie-level Arizona League and at low Class A Hickory. With the minor league season canceled in 2020, Jung was added to the Rangers’ 60-man player pool and made the most of his time facing older, more experienced players at the alternate training site. He finished the year at instructional league, where he starred as one of the top hitters in Arizona. SCOUTING REPORT: The Rangers believe Jung is going to hit in the middle of their lineup for years to come. His bat-to-ball skills are the best in the organization, and he works over pitchers during an at-bat. It’s not just his strike-zone judgment that stands out, but his ability to adjust within an at-bat. His ability to make contact, which might be his best tool, allows him to be aggressive early in counts and still line a ball into the gap if he falls behind. His hand speed fuels his ability to hit, and he has a sharp eye and an understanding of how to manipulate the barrel. Jung is going to be difficult to strike out, something that will stand out in the whiff-heavy Rangers lineup. The goal in 2020 was to transition Jung from simply a contact hitter, which he was in college, into a hitter who can do more damage. His power was mostly to right-center field at Texas Tech. He was that hitter again at low Class A, where he hit only one home run in 157 at-bats. Jung worked on pulling fastballs in 2020 and developed to the point where 30-homer power is possible. He should be around 20 homers on the low end, but when a game is on the line, Jung is the hitter the Rangers will want at the plate. Though he played shortstop his final season in Lubbock and flirted with second base during instructs, Jung is a third baseman. He’s not flashy, but he makes every play and has enough arm to handle the hot corner. His bat is going to force him into the lineup, and that helped influence the Rangers’ decision to move Gold Glove third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa to shortstop, where Elvis Andrus is on the decline and not performing consistently enough to warrant everyday playing time. THE FUTURE: The Rangers need some prospects to become stars for their rebuild to be a success, and Jung has a strong chance. He has what it takes to be a solid regular and possibly an impact player. He will begin 2021 at Double-A, with a chance he makes his big league debut by the all-star break.
Hitting: 40. Power: 70. Running: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: An unheralded seventh-round pick in 2016, Huff hit 28 home runs during a breakout 2019 season and won MVP at the Futures Game. The Rangers brought Huff to the alternate training site in 2020 and called him up to the majors for the final three weeks. He didn’t disappoint. SCOUTING REPORT: Huff struggled with game-calling and too often chased spin at the plate when he first came up, but he adjusted and was one of the Rangers’ best hitters the final 10 games of the season. Huff’s plus-plus power stands out, and his improved approach gives him a chance to get to it. He will likely never hit for a high average, but improved pitch recognition could help produce high-end offensive production at the catcher position. Huff’s arm is the strongest among Rangers catchers, and his catching has improved after working with ex-big league backstop Bobby Wilson, a Rangers coach. Though massive for a catcher, Huff’s athletic ability should allow him to stick there. THE FUTURE: Huff would benefit from more time in the minor leagues, but the Rangers are open to the idea of him starting the season in the majors. If Huff’s hit tool develops, he could be a star. At minimum, he and Jose Trevino could be the Rangers’ catching tandem for years to come.
Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Running: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: After zooming to short-season Spokane in his pro debut, Taveras began moving more methodically through the minors and spent a year and a half at high Class A before finishing 2019 at Double-A Frisco. Taveras’ offense had stagnated, so it was somewhat surprising to see him crack the Rangers’ Opening Day roster in 2020. He performed admirably for a 21-year-old with modest upper-level experience and spent the year as the Rangers’ primary center fielder. SCOUTING REPORT: Rangers officials credit Taveras for showing more exit velocity and lift in his swing in 2020, as well as the first double-digit walk rate of his career. He’s normally a disciplined hitter and struck out more than expected in the majors, but that was associated with him being more aggressive on pitches he believed he could drive. The goal is to find a happy medium and help him be an average hitter with double-digit home run power. Taveras is a plus-plus runner and finished in the 94th percentile for MLB Statcast’s sprint speed. Taveras uses that speed to be a plus defender in center field and boasts a plus arm. THE FUTURE: If Taveras’ bat continues to trend upward, he could be an impact player on both sides of the ball.
Fastball: 55. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 50. Control: 55. TRACK RECORD: The Nationals selected Dunning in the first round in 2016 and sent him to the White Sox with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez for outfielder Adam Eaton that winter. Dunning missed all of 2019 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he returned in 2020 and went 2-0, 3.97 in seven starts for the White Sox to solidify the back of their rotation. The Rangers acquired him with righthander Avery Weems for Lance Lynn after the season. SCOUTING REPORT: Dunning was primarily a sinker/slider pitcher in college but has expanded his repertoire as a pro. He added a four-seam fastball and tweaked his curveball grip with help from former White Sox righthander James Shields. Along with his changeup, the enhancements gave Dunning a varied, five-pitch mix. Nothing is overpowering, but Dunning mixes and matches to keep hitters off balance. His 91-93 mph sinker and low-80s slider remain his primary weapons, and he throws his four-seam fastball, curveball and changeup enough to keep lefthanded batters guessing. His walk rate was a tick high in his major league debut, but he throws everything for strikes and has demonstrated above-average control throughout his career. THE FUTURE: Dunning will begin 2021 in the Rangers’ rotation. His arsenal, control and pitchability will keep him there.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: The 2018 High School Player of the Year and a product of prep powerhouse Orange (Calif.) Lutheran, Winn was drafted 15th overall by the Rangers and experienced the ups and downs of many young pitchers during his first full season of pro ball. He posted a 4.46 ERA at low Class A Hickory in 2019, but rebounded in 2020 with a strong showing at the alternate training site before dominating hitters in instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Everything the Rangers thought they were getting when they drafted Winn came to fruition in 2020. He pitched confidently at the alternate training site against much older hitters and showed improved stuff in instructional league. Winn’s fastball now sits 93-97 mph with good vertical break. His plus curveball, which has always been his best secondary pitch, has been joined by an above-average slider and a developing changeup. Winn throws strikes, remains composed and is a diligent worker. He succeeded at processing lessons quickly and translating them into games. THE FUTURE: A quality four-pitch mix could allow Winn to become a mid-rotation starter, but there’s a long way to go to reach that ceiling. The Rangers plan to start him at high Class A and hope he quickly earns a bump to Double-A.
Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Running: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 45. TRACK RECORD: Foscue had a stellar sophomore season at Mississippi State in 2019 and was the starting second baseman for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team that summer. He was off to a blazing start in 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic cut the college season short. The Rangers drafted him 14th overall and signed him for $3.25 million, more than $725,000 under slot. Foscue spent the summer at the Rangers’ alternate training site and finished in instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Foscue was the second straight college hitter the Rangers selected in the first round, after Josh Jung was drafted in 2019. Foscue is an offensive-oriented second baseman who has the potential to hit .280 with 25 homers. He doesn’t have a prototypical swing and has struggled swinging a wood bat in the past, but he took to a few tweaks the Rangers suggested and earned high praise from team officials. He understands how pitchers will attack him, works counts and covers the entire strike zone. Foscue’s offense is well ahead of his defense. He is a below-average runner and fringe-average defender who needs a lot of refinement. THE FUTURE: Foscue has a chance to launch his pro career at Double-A with a strong showing in spring training.
Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Running: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: The Rangers signed Acosta for $1.65 million out of Venezuela as part of their touted 2019 international signing class. His pro debut was delayed by the pandemic, but he spent the fall as one of the youngest players in instructional league and earned rave reviews from the Rangers' player development staff. SCOUTING REPORT: Acosta has drawn comparisons with the Yankees’ Gleyber Torres as a potential offensive star who plays up the middle. Acosta’s bat produces plenty of line drives and consistently finds the barrel, and the belief is he will have 20-25-homer power once he matures. He recognizes pitches, controls the strike zone and has an all-fields approach that portends an above-average hitter. Somewhat surprisingly, the Rangers clocked Acosta as a below-average runner but expect that to improve once he’s in full game shape. He does have a thicker lower half that will have to be maintained. Acosta overcomes his lack of speed defensively with excellent anticipation at shortstop and plus arm strength. THE FUTURE: It’s easy to get excited about Acosta, even though he hasn’t made his official pro debut and still has a lot of developing to do. He will likely begin 2021 in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Running: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: The younger brother of Braves' superstar Ronald Acuña Jr., Luisangel Acuña packs a big punch into a smaller package. He lit up the Dominican Summer League in 2019, hitting .342 with more walks than strikeouts as a 17-year-old, and his bat was among the loudest during 2020 instructional league. SCOUTING REPORT: Ask Acuña Jr., and his little brother is already hitting balls at 18 farther and harder than he did at the same age. Still, the Rangers aren’t sure what will become of the rail-thin, 5-foot-8 Luisangel. Ronald underwent a late growth spurt that the Rangers hope filters down the family tree. If not, they know Luisangel can find the barrel and has a good idea of the strike zone. He’s fearless in the box, can hit velocity and projects to reach 15-20 homers at his current size. He does need work on hitting spin. Acuña needs reps defensively, and the Rangers worked him at third base and second base in addition to shortstop, which is a crowded position in the system. He has the range and arm to play around the infield. THE FUTURE: Aggressive as always, the Rangers are planning for Acuña to open 2021 at low Class A. He might not be as good as his older brother, but his bat and potential defensive versatility give him a chance to join him in the majors.
Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Curveball: . Control: 50. TRACK RECORD: Crouse has been one of the Rangers’ most electric pitchers since they selected him 66th overall in 2017, but injuries have slowed him. He pitched with bone spurs in his elbow in 2019, which cost him a month of the season, and did not participate at the Rangers’ alternate training site or in instructional league in 2020 because of undisclosed personal issues. The Rangers kept tabs on Crouse as he worked out on his own. SCOUTING REPORT: Crouse didn’t wow anyone in 2019 as he pitched through his injured elbow, but he showed drive as he kept pitching and putting innings on his shoulder. Crouse’s fastball is his calling card. It’s a four-seamer that sits 92-97 mph, but he also shows the ability to sink it. His slider is a plus pitch that generates plenty of swings and misses. With his elbow limiting his ability to throw breaking balls in 2019, he developed a changeup that is potentially above-average. Crouse remains a max-effort pitcher with a high motor, but he has toned down his delivery since making his pro debut and shows average control. THE FUTURE: Crouse’s combination of power and feel makes him a potential mid-rotation starter, but he has to show he’s healthy. He has a chance to see Double-A in 2021.
Hitting: 40. Power: 55. Running: 50. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: After missing almost all of 2019 with a separated shoulder, Tejeda reclaimed his status as a top prospect in 2020. He began the year at the alternate training site and impressed enough to earn his first major league callup despite not having played above high Class A. Tejeda made his debut in August and took over as the Rangers’ primary shortstop in September. SCOUTING REPORT: The Rangers have few concerns about Tejeda’s defense. He can make all the plays at shortstop, particularly in the hole, and his plus-plus arm allows him to make throws most others cannot. Tejeda is a natural lefthanded hitter who recently began switch-hitting. He has natural loft in his swing, which will translate into big power for a middle infielder, if he can make enough contact. Tejeda is a free swinger and was too aggressive for major league pitchers, who didn’t have to throw pitches in the strike zone to get him out. Pitchers will make life tough on him as long as he continues to chase. THE FUTURE: Tejeda did plenty of good things in his major league debut but remains raw at the plate. With Isiah Kiner-Falefa moving from third base to shortstop, Tejeda will likely start 2021 back in the minors.
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