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  1. 1. Jack Leiter | RHP
    Jack Leiter
    Born: Apr 21, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Derrick Tucker.

    BA Grade: 60/High

    Track Record: Leiter was drafted by the Yankees out of the Delbarton School in New Jersey, where he was teammates with Anthony Volpe, the Yankees’ current top prospect. Leiter chose to honor his commitment to Vanderbilt, where he spent the 2021 season as arguably the most dominant pitcher in college baseball. He made national headlines on March 20 when he threw a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts against South Carolina. He followed that performance with seven more hitless innings against Missouri in his next start, cementing his starts as appointment viewing. He finished with 179 strikeouts, tied at the top of the NCAA leaderboard with teammate Kumar Rocker. He and Rocker helped lead the Commodores to the College World Series finals, which they lost to Mississippi State. Come July, Leiter was in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick. He fell to No. 2 overall, but his $7,922,000 bonus was the fourth-highest bonus ever and the largest of the 2021 draft by more than $1 million. The draft bonus is the second most a pitcher has ever received, just behind the $8 million Gerrit Cole got in 2011.

    Scouting Report: Leiter had one of the most electric pitch packages in the country, led by a fastball that averaged 94 mph and touched 99. The velocity, coupled with efficient spin, an elite vertical approach angle, horizontal break and carry through the zone, helped the pitch play when located to upper and lower quadrants. Eventually, the Rangers believe, all those characteristics will combine to form a true plus-plus pitch. Both of Leiter’s breaking pitches—a high-70s, downer curveball and a slicing slider in the low 80s—were excellent and generated plenty of swings and misses while with the Commodores. Leiter completes his arsenal with a mid-80s changeup he threw just 4% of the time but still drew whiffs on 39% of swings. Leiter predominantly used his fastball and curveball in college, and one of the first bits of his development will be to incorporate his slider and changeup more often so he can more effectively pitch to advanced hitters. The only true knock on Leiter as an amateur had to do with his smaller stature and ultimate durability. He skipped one start in 2021 due to fatigue, and shorter righthanders—Leiter is listed at 6-foot-1—have long faced questions about whether they can handle the workload required of a big league starter. His height will also generate questions about whether he can generate enough angle on his pitches to avoid becoming homer prone as a professional, something that was an issue in college. Of the 26 runs Leiter allowed in 2021, 17 came on home runs.

    The Future: Leiter did not pitch either in the regular season or at instructional league, though he was at the team’s camp briefly before heading back to Vanderbilt to continue working toward his degree. While there, he continued his workout regimen as if he were going to pitch in a typical college fall ball setting. For his pro debut, the Rangers are strongly considering sending Leiter to Double-A Frisco, where he’ll work toward achieving his ceiling as a top-end starter who can help lead the Rangers into their new era of contending in the AL West.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 55. Control: 50

  2. 2. Josh Jung | 3B
    Josh Jung
    Born: Feb 12, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Texas Tech, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: .326/.398/.592 | 19 HR | 2 SB | 304 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Jung was the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2019 out of Texas Tech, where he spent three seasons and earned Big 12 conference co-player of the year honors in his draft year. He signed for $4.4 million. Jung spent 2020 at Texas’ alternate training site before seeing game action in instructional league. His 2021 season was delayed by a broken foot, but he recovered in time to show his development into a more complete hitter.

    Scouting Report: Jung’s offensive profile took a big step forward in 2021. He worked to make contact earlier, and the result was an increase in pull-side power. He has big-time bat speed and plus raw power, which showed up in a 91.1 mph average exit velocity that tied for second in the organization and was nearly the same as big league power brokers Pete Alonso and Jorge Soler. While he rehabbed his foot injury, he used virtual reality to simulate at-bats and would often watch extended spring training games at the team’s complex in Arizona. Jung has worked hard to up his game defensively and shown a better first step and pre-pitch anticipation. He’s unlikely to be a standout at third base, but he should reach fringe-average with continued work. He has the arm strength to stick at third base, too, and has worked to improve his throwing stroke. Jung is a below-average runner.

    The Future: After a standout look at the upper levels, Jung will likely start 2022 at Triple-A Round Rock and should push for his big league debut. He has the ceiling of a third baseman who fits nicely in the middle of the Rangers’ remade lineup.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 55.

  3. 3. Cole Winn | RHP
    Cole Winn
    Born: Nov 25, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 203
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Orange, Calif., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Steve Flores.
    Minors: 4-3 | 2.41 ERA | 107 SO | 31 BB | 86 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Winn was Baseball America’s 2018 High School Player of the Year and led his Orange Lutheran team to the championship at the National High School Invitational. He struggled with his control at Low-A in 2019, but after a season at the alternate training site and instructional league emerged a much improved pitcher. He was the American League’s starting pitcher at the Futures Game.

    Scouting Report: With a much tighter, more compact delivery, Winn showed improved command and control and started to tap into his massive potential. Winn uses a four-pitch mix fronted by a mid-90 fastball with promising analytic characteristics. The pitch grades out as at least plus in terms of both induced vertical break and vertical approach angle. His most-used secondary pitch is a mid-80s slider which got swings and misses at a roughly 35% clip. The slider pairs nicely with his powerful downer curveball, which has high spin and deep break and remains his signature offspeed offering. Winn worked with pitching coordinator Jomo Arnold to tighten the break on the curveball and turn it into a pitch he could use for early-count strikes as well as chases. Winn also focused this season on sharpening his mid-80s changeup, which has above-average potential.

    The Future: Winn will likely return to Triple-A Round Rock to begin 2022. He has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 50.

  4. 4. Ezequiel Duran | 2B/SS
    Ezequiel Duran
    Born: May 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2017.
    Signed By: Juan Rosario/Raymon Sanchez/Victor Mata. (Yankees).
    Minors: .267/.342/.486 | 19 HR | 19 SB | 416 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: The Yankees signed Duran for $10,000 in 2017 and were intrigued by the offensive potential he showed in the first few years of his professional career. He was part of the package Texas received in exchange for Joey Gallo and Joely Rodriguez from the Yankees, and immediately joined the Rangers’ glut of middle infield talent.

    Scouting Report: Duran’s offense is his calling card, especially his big-time power potential. His 90.8 mph average exit velocity was among the best in the organization, as was his maximum of 112 mph. Before the trade, Duran had worked hard to improve his contact rates against breaking balls, and opposing scouts saw the results. His ability to hit those pitches improved, as did the confidence he showed when he took them for balls. Defensively, Duran can hack it at shortstop, but he’s more likely a third baseman. His hands are fine, but his range and internal clock are somewhat limited. He has plenty of arm strength for the position, but his throwing accuracy will need to be addressed.

    The Future: Like all of the Rangers’ young, talented infielders, Duran will need to add versatility to his game after the additions of Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. He played second, third and shortstop in the Arizona Fall League and has the upside of an offensive-minded infielder at any spot.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.

  5. 5. Dustin Harris | 1B/3B
    Dustin Harris
    Born: Jul 8, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Trevor Schaeffer (Athletics).
    Minors: .327/.401/.542 | 20 HR | 25 SB | 404 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Harris was Oakland’s 11th-round selection in the 2019 draft out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC. He made it to short-season ball with the A’s before being dealt to Texas in the middle of the 2020 season as part of a two-player package for Mike Minor. In 2021, Harris surprised evaluators both inside and outside the organization with his combination of plus contact paired with above-average power, and finished the year as one of the sport’s biggest breakouts.

    Scouting Report: Harris is as pure of a hitter as can be found in the Rangers organization. He was the only player in the minor leagues in 2021 with 20 or more doubles, home runs and stolen bases with fewer than 100 strikeouts. He accomplished those numbers thanks to a short, compact swing, an innate sense of barrel accuracy and an excellent knowledge of the strike zone. He hits the ball plenty hard, too, with a 90th percentile exit velocity of 101.7 mph. That figure is identical to fellow Top 10 prospect Josh Smith and just a tick below that of Evan Carter. Where Harris plays on defense is a bigger question. He’s not going to be a third baseman long term, which gives him a likely home of first base. At instructional league Harris worked some in left field, where some evaluators believe his athleticism will allow him to play.

    The Future: After dominating the Class A levels, Harris will move to Double-A in 2022. If he can dominate there the way he did in 2021, his stock will soar.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 45.

  6. 6. Justin Foscue | 2B
    Justin Foscue
    Born: Mar 2, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Mississippi State, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Brian Morrison.
    Minors: .275/.371/.590 | 17 HR | 2 SB | 229 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Foscue starred at Mississippi State and earned a spot on USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team during his sophomore season. The Rangers made him their first-round pick and signed him to an under-slot bonus of $3.25 million, then let him get his feet wet at the alternate training site and at instructional league. He showed a combination of power and hittability during his pro debut but scuffled a bit once he got to Double-A.

    Scouting Report: Foscue’s season was interrupted by a pair of injuries to his midsection, but when he was on the field, especially at High-A, he showed the ability to hit for both average and power. The latter was especially clear during a torrid stretch in July when he hit nine home runs in eight games. He’s got plenty of power from a short swing, but he will fall in love with the home run at times and get out of his approach. Opposing scouts also saw a player with a stiff swing and holes on the outer third of the strike zone, which became somewhat exposed once he got to Double-A. Defensively, Foscue is not a particularly rangy or agile player, but he will make the routine plays and has a fringe-average arm. He’s a below-average runner.

    The Future: After struggling at Double-A, he’s likely to return there to begin 2022. Foscue will have to shore up his hit tool in order to reach his ceiling as an offensive-minded second baseman.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 45.

  7. 7. Owen White | RHP
    Owen White
    Born: Aug 9, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--China Grove, N.C., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jay Heafner.
    Minors: 4-1 | 3.06 ERA | 56 SO | 12 BB | 36 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Although White was drafted in 2018, he didn’t make his official pro debut until 2021. He was rested post-draft in 2018, missed 2019 while recovering from Tommy John surgery and then lost 2020 to the coronavirus pandemic. His 2021 season was shortened after he broke his hand during the opening start of the season and didn’t return until August before shining down the stretch and again in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: During his time rehabbing his broken hand, White evolved. He tweaked the grip on his four-seam fastball to give it more true riding action, and the results showed in the data. His mid-90s four-seamer posted a truly elite swing-and-miss rate of nearly 46% and showed strong spin rates and movement patterns. White also throws two-seam and cut fastballs to give him an array of pitches that move in different directions. He backs up the fastballs with a full mix of curveball, slider and changeup. Both breaking balls show promising analytical qualities but still need refinement. He worked this year to throw his high-70s curveball for strikes and chases, and he’s trying to become more consistent in general with the way he throws his low-80s slider. His changeup, thrown in the mid 80s, has excellent separation from his fastball and projects as average.

    The Future: White was excellent in the AFL, where he was mostly making up as much lost time as possible. He’ll move to High-A next year and is one of the system’s most promising pitching prospects.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.

  8. 8. Evan Carter | OF
    Evan Carter
    Born: Aug 29, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: HS-- Elizabethton, Tenn., 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Derrick Tucker/Ryan Coe.
    Minors: .236/.438/.387 | 2 HR | 12 SB | 106 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Carter was one of the biggest surprises of the 2020 draft and flew under nearly everybody’s radar. The Rangers’ amateur scouting department was ecstatic on draft day and have grown even more so with the way Carter has performed as a pro. He opened the year as the youngest position player on a full-season roster but had his year cut short by a hairline fracture in his back.

    Scouting Report: The Rangers were excited by Carter’s tools when they drafted him, but the polish he’s shown both at instructional league and in his time at Low-A have immediately validated those feelings. He did an excellent job commanding the strike zone and rarely chased pitches out of the zone. When he swung, he hit balls hard. His average exit velocity was just a hair above 91 mph, which is impressive for any player, but especially one so young. He has the speed and instincts to play center field, too, and the average arm to fit in a corner if necessary.

    The Future: Despite the small sample in 2021, Carter should move up to High-A in 2022. He’s got one of the bigger upsides in the organization and could become a center fielder who can do a little bit of everything.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

  9. 9. Josh Smith | SS/2B
    Josh Smith
    Born: Aug 7, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Louisiana State, 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Mike Leuzinger.
    Minors: .309/.429/.535 | 13 HR | 26 SB | 288 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Smith was a standout both at Louisiana State and in the Cape Cod League, where he was teammates with future NL Rookie of the Year Jonathan India and future NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray. The Yankees selected Smith in the second round of the 2019 draft, then traded him in 2021 to the Rangers as part of the package used to acquire Joey Gallo and Joely Rodriguez.

    Scouting Report: Smith’s season was delayed by a few weeks after he dove into a tarp during minor league spring training, but once he got on the field he showed an enticing blend of tools and polish. He did an excellent job working counts to get pitches to drive, then punished balls from gap to gap. He rarely chases, and when he swings at pitches in the zone he almost never misses. Smith hits the ball hard as well, with an average exit velocity of 91.1 mph and a max of 106 mph. Smith is a capable shortstop but likely will begin to move around the diamond to increase his versatility.

    The Future: Now that the Rangers have locked up Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to fill their middle infield spots, Smith likely fits the role of a super-utility player. He could make his big league debut in 2022.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.

  10. 10. Luisangel Acuna | SS
    Luisangel Acuna
    Born: Mar 12, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 181
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Rafic Saab.
    Minors: .266/.345/.404 | 12 HR | 44 SB | 413 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Ronald Acuna Jr.’s younger brother is starting to create a name for himself. He was signed as one of the headliners of the team’s 2018 class and responded by raking in the Dominican Summer League in his first season as a pro. After starring again at instructional league, Acuna had a promising year at Low-A Down East, where he ranked as the league’s No. 9 prospect.

    Scouting Report: Acuna’s excellent glovework at shortstop nabbed him the organization’s defender of the year award. He has smooth, athletic actions in the field and a plus arm to play on the left side of the diamond and the footspeed to move to the outfield. At the plate, Acuna is an aggressive hitter with a quick, whippy swing and the strong hands to drive balls out with authority. His 12 home runs led the Wood Ducks. He’s made improvements to the way he understands the strike zone, which will help hit and power tools the Rangers believe are both average or better. He’s an above-average runner whose stolen base totals were helped by the rules at Low-A designed to promote movement on the basepaths.

    The Future: Acuna will move to High-A Hickory in 2022. He’ll continue to play up the middle but could see some time in the outfield because of the logjam created up the middle by the signings of Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 55. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  11. 11. Sam Huff | C
    Sam Huff
    Born: Jan 14, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Phoenix, 2016 (7th round).
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: .246/.317/.496 | 16 HR | 0 SB | 224 AB

    Track Record: Huff was the Rangers’ seventh-round selection in 2016, then broke on the scene with 28 home runs spread across the Class A levels in 2019. He also won that year’s Futures Game MVP award. He reached the big leagues in 2020 and performed well, but dealt with a subluxation in his knee that kept him from catching all season long. The injury flared up again in 2021 and kept him from catching all season long yet again. He was set to make up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League, but left after six games due to precautionary reasons regarding the same injury.
    Scouting Report: Huff’s calling card is his truly massive power. Even while he was rehabbing from his injury, he found time to sock a 519-foot home run in the Arizona Complex League. His average (92.3 mph) and maximum (115 mph) exit velocities were both tops in the Texas system. He’s improved his pitch-recognition skills over the course of his career and will likely be a below-average hitter with double-plus power. The biggest question remaining is where he’ll wind up on defense. Come 2022 he’ll get back behind the plate again. He spent time working with Bobby Wilson to get better at the position, but he was fringe-average pre-injury. He’s a very large human but has more athleticism than one would expect from someone his size and has a plus throwing arm to boot. When he did get on the field in 2021, he split his time between first base and DH.
    The Future: The Rangers still believe Huff has a shot to catch in the long term, but he had work to do to stick behind the plate even before the injury. He’ll try to get back on track in 2022.

  12. 12. Aaron Zavala | OF
    Aaron Zavala
    Born: Jun 23, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 193
    Signed By: Gary McGraw.
    Minors: .293/.419/.400 | 1 HR | 9 SB | 75 AB

    Track Record: With a standout season at Oregon, Zavala zoomed up draft boards as one of the best lefthanded bats available in the college class. The Rangers popped him in the second round but discovered what they termed a “medical anomaly” and negotiations went down to the wire. Ultimately, he signed for a bonus of $830,000, which was well below slot value.
    Scouting Report: Zavala made big-time noise in the Ducks’ regional appearance, including a pair of home runs. That only cemented what Zavala had proved throughout the course of the year. He has a potentially above-average hit tool fueled by a quick swing with a flat path through the zone and burgeoning power that could get to fringe-average. He also has an outstanding knowledge of the strike zone and excellent bat-to-ball skills. Zavala has solid-average speed but a below-average arm, which likely makes left field his future defensive home. He has played second base and third base in the past as well.
    The Future: Zavala made it to Low-A Down East in his debut season. He’ll likely move up to High-A Hickory in 2022. He has the ceiling of an everyday left fielder.

  13. 13. Ricky Vanasco | RHP
    Ricky Vanasco
    Born: Oct 13, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Williston, Fla., 2017 (15th round).
    Signed By: Brett Campbell.

    Track Record: Vanasco upped his draft stock with performances at prep showcases in Florida during his draft season, leading the Rangers to take a flier on him in the 15th round and sign him for $238,000. The gamble quickly proved worth the investment when his fastball jumped way up. He impressed in the short-season Northwest League, where he ranked as the No. 10 prospect in 2019. He was impressive again at the alternate training site in 2020, but had Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2021 regular season.
    Scouting Report: At his best, Vanasco was bringing his fastball up to 99 mph while sitting in the mid 90s. He’d backed it with a powerful curveball in the mid 80s and a high-80s slider that could get to average with further development. He rounds out the arsenal with a high-80s changeup as well. Control was his biggest question pre-surgery, and he’ll need to make up time in 2022 to continue to improve that aspect of his game.
    The Future: Vanasco got on the mound in instructional league, including a start against Texas Christian during the team’s barnstorming tour through the Lone Star State. He should move to Double-A in 2022.

  14. 14. Tekoah Roby | RHP
    Tekoah Roby
    Born: Sep 18, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Brian Morrison.
    Minors: 2-2 | 2.45 ERA | 35 SO | 7 BB | 22 IP

    Track Record: Roby’s stock was rising before his high school season was shut down. The Rangers’ area scouts and crosscheckers believed enough in him to draft him with their third-round pick. He was excellent in his pro debut, when he jumped to Low-A Down East and whiffed 35 in 22 innings before an elbow strain ended his season.
    Scouting Report: Roby’s pitch mix starts with one of the organization’s most electric fastballs. The pitch sits in the low 90s and has touched as high as 97 mph, but its most alluring characteristics show up under the hood. The fastball also showed a double-plus spin rate of 2,540 rpms and similarly elite vertical break. Roby paired the fastball with a high-70s, downer curveball that averaged nearly 2,900 rpms of spin and scored well in plenty of other analytical categories. He finished his mix with an excellent low-80s changeup with nearly 10 mph of separation from his fastball. All told, Roby finished the year with a swinging-strike rate of 17.5%. The Rangers may add a slider or a cutter to Roby’s mix in the future, but for now they’re very happy with his combination of stuff, strikes and poise.
    The Future: Roby finished the year at instructional league and should move up to High-A Hickory to begin 2022. He’s one of the organization’s higher upside pitching prospects and could fit in the middle of a rotation.

  15. 15. Glenn Otto | RHP
    Glenn Otto
    Born: Mar 11, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 240
    Signed By: Brian Rhees (Yankees).
    Minors: 9-4 | 3.20 ERA | 134 SO | 24 BB | 96 IP

    Track Record: Otto was the Yankees’ fifth-round selection in 2017 and wound his way through the minors until 2021, when he was dealt to the Rangers as part of the deal that sent Joey Gallo and Joely Rodriguez to New York. He saw huge improvements in 2021 and made his big league debut on Aug. 27 and got six starts with Texas.
    Scouting Report: The biggest reason for Otto’s success centered around tweaks to his arsenal. Specifically, the Yankees worked with him to add a slider in order to give him weapons to both lefties and righties. The pitch, thrown in the low-to-mid 80s, showed excellent sweepy break and worked as a perfect complement to his downer curveball in the low 80s. Otto rounds out his pitch mix with a high-80s changeup. Before the trade, he also worked to tweak his delivery a little bit in order to improve the timing of his arm stroke. Scouts showed a bit of concern with Otto’s inability to command his arsenal to his arm side.
    The Future: Otto will try to win a job in the Rangers’ rotation out of spring training. If not, he’ll head to Triple-A for more seasoning. He has the ceiling of a No. 4 starter in the big leagues.

  16. 16. Yeison Morrobel | OF
    Yeison Morrobel
    Born: Dec 8, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.
    Signed By: Willy Espinal.

    Track Record: Morrobel was the jewel of the Rangers’ most recent international signing class, which was delayed until Jan. 15 because of the pandemic. He was lauded as an amateur for an athletic frame, a knack for finding the barrel and power that could grow as he matures and gets stronger. He debuted in the Dominican Summer League, where he showed bat-to-ball skills and a knowledge of the strike zone that led to more walks (30) than strikeouts (25).
    Scouting Report: Morrobel’s debut season showed the skill set the Rangers coveted. Now it’s a matter of letting him develop and add weight and strength to his frame. They also want to tweak his swing a little bit to get the barrel in the zone for a longer period of time. In the long run, they see a player who has an enticing combination of tools, skills and feel for the game in much the same way as fellow Rangers prospect Evan Carter. His average speed could play in center field or be an asset in a corner if his body gets too big to stay up the middle.
    The Future: After a year in the DSL, Morrobel will move stateside in 2022. He’ll likely split the year between extended spring training and the Arizona Complex League. His development path is just beginning, but the Rangers like their early returns.

  17. 17. Zak Kent | RHP
    Zak Kent
    Born: Feb 24, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Brian Matthews.
    Minors: 6-6 | 3.64 ERA | 117 SO | 24 BB | 89 IP

    Track Record: Kent was plucked out of Virginia Military Institute, where he spent three solid seasons. His 132 strikeouts in his junior year were among the most in the country. The Rangers popped him in the ninth round that year and signed him for $140,000. He got his feet wet at the lowest levels of the minor leagues in 2019, then returned to action at 2020 instructional league. His 25 strikeouts were tied with Cody Bradford for the most in Texas’ camp.
    Scouting Report: Kent works with a four-pitch mix, but predominantly attacks with a fastball-slider-changeup combination. His heater sits in the low 90s and peaked at 98 this season with High-A and showed excellent spin rates and solid vertical life. He paired the fastball primarily with a similarly high-spin slider in the mid 80s. He leaned on that particularly heavily once he moved to Double-A, where he used the slider roughly 45% of the time. The Rangers added a split-changeup to Kent’s repertoire at instructional league in 2020 and saw immediate benefits. The pitch sits in the high 80s and got swings and misses at an above-average clip.
    The Future: Kent will likely return to Double-A in 2022. He ran into some trouble at the level to close 2021 (although a large part of those issues stemmed from two starts at homer-happy Amarillo). He could find a spot toward the back of a rotation.

  18. 18. Anthony Gutierrez | OF
    Anthony Gutierrez
    Born: Nov 25, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 185

    Track Record: Gutierrez became eligible to sign when the 2021-22 international signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022, but the initial plan was to wait another year for the bonus pools to reset and sign with the Nationals, who had already committed most of their 2021-22 pool space to Cuban outfielder Cristhian Vaquero. Instead, Gutierrez chose to sign in Jan. 2022, making him the headliner of the Rangers’ international class.
    Scouting Report: Gutierrez is an athletic, power-hitting outfielder with an impressive package of tools across the board. Power is his best tool, showing flashes of plus raw, with plenty of space to fill out his lanky, broad-shouldered frame to add more strength. While there was some length to Gutierrez’s swing early on, scouts highest on him liked his ability to recognize spin, square up good velocity and think he could be a fast mover. He’s an athletic mover in center field with slightly above-average speed underway and a good gait, though as he fills out he likely will slow down and slide over to a corner. With good defensive instincts and a plus arm, Gutierrez has the attributes to develop into a plus fielder in right field.
    The Future: The Rangers have generally started their recent international signings in the Dominican Summer League, so Gutierrez will likely make his pro debut there, but he might be advanced enough to make a push to come to the United States soon.

  19. 19. Avery Weems | LHP
    Avery Weems
    Born: Jun 6, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona, 2019 (6th round).
    Signed By: John Kazanas (White Sox).
    Minors: 4-6 | 5.06 ERA | 124 SO | 27 BB | 86 IP

    Track Record: Weems was a sixth-round pick of the White Sox out of Arizona in 2019 and spent his first season as a pro with Rookie-level Great Falls. He caught the eye of scouts during instructional league and was eventually used as part of the two-player package that brought starter Lance Lynn to Chicago. He spent 2021 at High-A Hickory, where his 124 strikeouts ranked as the second most in the organization.
    Scouting Report: Weems works with a full four-pitch mix but leans mostly on his fastball and slider. The former sits around 94 mph and has touched up to 98 with excellent horizontal break through the zone. Weems’ slider has earned plus grades from scouts and is a high-spin pitch thrown in the high 80s with hints of the lower 90s. He’ll mix in a mid-80s changeup and a low-80s curveball, but neither compares to his main two weapons. Internal evaluators are split as to whether he belongs in a rotation or should move to the bullpen, but he’ll get a chance to continue down the starter track for the time being.
    The Future: Weems’ next stop is Double-A Frisco, where he’ll look to sharpen either his curveball or changeup into the third pitch that will give him the best shot to remain a rotation option.

  20. 20. Bayron Lora | OF
    Bayron Lora
    Born: Sep 29, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2019.
    Signed By: Willy Espinal.

    Track Record: Lora was the jewel of the Rangers’ 2019 international signing class—which also featured intriguing shortstop prospect Maximo Acosta. He signed for $3.9 million on the strength of some of the best raw power in the class. Lora’s pro debut was pushed back because of the pandemic, but he got his feet wet in the Dominican Summer League in 2021 and swatted six home runs.
    Scouting Report: Lora’s calling card is his elite raw power—he hit a 500-foot home run in one of his first at-bats in the DSL and posted a maximum exit velocity of 112.5 mph, which was among the best numbers in the Rangers system. Now, it’s a matter of getting to it more often. Officials inside the organization would like to see Lora become less passive and make better swing decisions in order to work himself away from a three-true-outcome profile (nearly 65% of his plate appearances ended in a walk, strikeout or home run). Defensively, he’s a below-average defender with the plus arm to fit comfortably in right field.
    The Future: After spending his debut in the Dominican, Lora will move stateside in 2022. He has massive upside as a middle-of-the-order bat, but there’s a long way to go.

  21. 21. Mitch Bratt | LHP
    Mitch Bratt
    Born: Jul 3, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Takeshi Sakurayama.
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 13 SO | 0 BB | 6 IP

    Track Record: Bratt was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, but transferred to Georgia Premier Academy during the pandemic in order to be seen by scouts. The move worked. An improvement in his fastball earned Bratt the Rangers’ fifth-round pick and the corresponding $850,000, which tied him with the White Sox’s Tanner McDougal for the second highest in the round. He followed his high school season with a stint in the newly formed MLB Draft League, where he whiffed 44 in 28 innings.
    Scouting Report: Bratt works with a three-pitch mix centered around a dynamic fastball-changeup combination. In four appearances in the Arizona Complex League, Bratt showed a low-90s fastball that topped at 94 and combined it primarily with a low-80s changeup thrown with enough arm speed and conviction to get swings and misses. He also throws both a 72-75 mph curveball and a slider with a touch more velo, with the former ahead of the latter in terms of development. His delivery is loose and athletic, giving the Rangers dreams of plenty of upside to come as Bratt gets older and stronger.
    The Future: Bratt is a far-away upside play, but his start in the Arizona Complex League showed hints of good things to come thanks to a combination of strikes and stuff. He could move up to Low-A in 2022.

  22. 22. Maximo Acosta | SS
    Maximo Acosta
    Born: Oct 29, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 187
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Carlos Gonzalez/Jhonny Gomez/Rafic Saab.
    Minors: .246/.279/.393 | 1 HR | 7 SB | 61 AB

    Track Record: Acosta signed with the Rangers for $1.65 million during the 2019 international period, which also netted them powerful outfielder Bayron Lora. His debut season was shelved by the pandemic, but he got on the field during 2020 instructional league. His 2021 season was limited to just 17 games thanks to surgery to alleviate the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome.
    Scouting Report: Before the injury, the Rangers were extremely excited about what they’d seen from Acosta. He’d performed extremely well at instructional league in 2020 and carried it over to extended spring training. At his best, Texas expects a player who hits for 50-55 grades in both average and power. Before the surgery, rival scouts saw a player whose body appeared to be nearly maxed out already but had the tools to be a solid everyday shortstop in the big leagues. He’s an average runner whose defense plays up because of the way he anticipates, and he has a plus throwing arm.
    The Future: Acosta spent part of his fall and winter at a development camp at the Rangers’ spring training complex in Arizona. He should be a full go by next season, when he’ll likely start back in extended spring training. His upside is dependent on how he looks post-surgery.

  23. 23. Trevor Hauver | 2B/OF
    Trevor Hauver
    Born: Nov 20, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona State, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Troy Afenir.
    Minors: .274/.416/.473 | 15 HR | 2 SB | 351 AB

    Track Record: Hauver was the third and final piece of the Yankees draft class in 2020. He was picked out of Arizona State, which saw all four members of its infield get selected despite the draft being just five rounds. Hauver started on fire at Low-A Tampa, where he hit six home runs in the first week of the season. He was part of the package the Yankees used to acquire Joey Gallo and Joely Rodriguez at the trade deadline.
    Scouting Report: Hauver’s value is tied near exclusively to his bat. He has a strong knowledge of the strike zone and a swing geared toward loft, leading evaluators to believe he’ll post low batting averages but high on-base percentages. That showed up in his pro debut, when he posted a combined .416 OBP between both Class A levels. The Rangers believe he’ll blossom into more power as well. He’s unlikely to be much more than a below-average defender at either second base or the outfield, with the latter a more likely possibility moving forward because of struggles with throwing accuracy when he played at second or third base. He’s a below-average runner.
    The Future: Hauver should move up to Double-A Frisco in 2022, when he’ll see if his offense plays at the upper levels. He has the ceiling of a second-division regular in left field.

  24. 24. Cody Bradford | LHP
    Cody Bradford
    Born: Feb 22, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: 6-4 | 4.11 ERA | 128 SO | 21 BB | 97 IP

    Track Record: Bradford’s career at Baylor included a Big 12 Conference pitcher of the year award in 2018, a season when he pitched back-to-back complete game shutouts. In 2019, he had surgery to alleviate the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, which cost him all but three games of his draft year. Nonetheless, the Rangers took him in the sixth round. His 25 strikeouts at instructional league tied him for the top spot in the organization, and he made his official pro debut in 2021.
    Scouting Report: Nothing about Bradford’s profile jumps off the page, but his control was tabbed by internal evaluators as the best in the system. His four-seam fastball sits in the low 90s but plays up a touch thanks to its excellent horizontal break. His low-80s changeup is amplified by the extension and deception in his delivery and was his most frequently thrown offspeed pitch. Bradford rounds out his three-pitch mix with a mid-80s slider that grades as fringe-average.
    The Future: Bradford finished 2021 at Double-A Frisco and should begin back there to start 2022. He has the ceiling of a back-end starter but has one of the higher floors among the system’s pitching prospects.

  25. 25. Cole Ragans | LHP
    Cole Ragans
    Born: Dec 12, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Brett Campbell.
    Minors: 4-3 | 4.35 ERA | 87 SO | 34 BB | 81 IP

    Track Record: Ragans’ season was one of the best stories in the Rangers’ system. The 2016 first-rounder missed three seasons of development thanks to the pandemic and two Tommy John surgeries, so simply getting on the mound again was a victory.
    Scouting Report: As ever, Ragans’ signature pitch is a nasty changeup in the low 80s with excellent separation from his fastball. The changeup also shows excellent fading action. His fastball sits in the low 90s but peaked at 97 mph and formed a nice tunnel with his changeup. Ragans uses both a curveball and a slider, but neither is a knockout pitch. The slider is the better of the two when he needs a chase and the curveball is best used for early-count strikes. His control waned as the season went on, though some internal sources chalked that up to Ragans understandably tiring down the stretch after three seasons away.
    The Future: Ragans will return to Double-A to begin 2022, when he’ll look to build more stamina. He was left off the 40-man roster and therefore was Rule 5 eligible.

  26. 26. Cam Cauley | SS
    Cam Cauley
    Born: Feb 6, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 170
    Signed By: Josh Simpson.
    Minors: .255/.311/.383 | 0 HR | 10 SB | 94 AB

    Track Record: Cauley is the son of former minor leaguer Chris Cauley, who also is an assistant on Cameron’s former team at Barbers Hill High. The Rangers drafted Cauley in the third round and signed him to a bonus of $1 million.
    Scouting Report: As would be expected from a high school wide receiver in Texas, Cauley has athleticism and plus speed. Those traits alone could help him at shortstop but could also facilitate a move to second base or center field if necessary. His average arm strength would also serve him better in the outfield or the right side of the infield. He’s a skinnier player whom scouts believe doesn’t have a ton of projection remaining, so his offensive profile will depend on his continued ability to make contact and cause havoc on the bases. Scouts saw a player who will have below-average power.
    The Future: Cauley’s defensive home will become clearer as he develops, but he has the upside of an everyday player at the top or bottom of a lineup.

  27. 27. Dane Acker | RHP
    Dane Acker
    Born: Apr 1, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 189
    Signed By: Chris Reilly (Athletics).
    Minors: 0-1 | 2.84 ERA | 11 SO | 1 BB | 7 IP

    Track Record: Acker was Oakland’s fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma in the 2020 draft and signed for $447,400 at slot value. Just before the season was shut down by the pandemic, Acker made history by throwing a no-hitter against Louisiana State. He was dealt to the Rangers in February 2021 along with Khris Davis and Jonah Heim as part of the trade that sent Elvis Andrus to Oakland. He made two starts at Low-A Down East, but then was shut down and had Tommy John surgery.
    Scouting Report: At Oklahoma, Acker worked with a heavy low-90s fastball that peaked at 94 mph and a 78-81 mph curveball as his main means of attack. He also showed a fringy slider that sometimes behaved like a cutter as well as a fading changeup that projected to be average. During spring training, the Rangers saw a huge uptick in Acker’s stuff. His fastball had jumped into the 95-99 mph range, and his curveball was looking like a potential wipeout pitch. Whether those gains continue will have to wait until he returns from surgery.
    The Future: Once Acker returns from his rehab process, he’ll likely be eased back into action. The Rangers were extremely encouraged by what they saw, however, and are excited for his future.

  28. 28. A.J. Alexy | RHP
    A.J. Alexy
    Born: Apr 21, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Honey Brook, Pa., 2016 (11th round).
    Signed By: Rich Delucia (Dodgers).
    Minors: 3-1 | 1.66 ERA | 76 SO | 27 BB | 65 IP

    Track Record: Alexy was originally chosen by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2016 draft. He was traded to Texas a year later with infielder Brendon Davis in exchange for righthander Yu Darvish. A lat strain limited Alexy to just five games in 2019, and he spent the 2020 season working out in Arizona before getting on the mound at instructional league. He was added to the 40-man roster before the 2021 season and made his big league debut on Aug. 30.
    Scouting Report: The biggest keys to Alexy’s success in 2021 were the reshaping and shortening of his arm circle, which led to more consistency in his delivery, and significant weight loss without sacrificing arm strength. Alexy worked primarily with a mid-90s fastball with above-average spin and excellent vertical break. He backed the fastball with his signature high-70s, 12-to-6 curveball as well as a mid-80s changeup. The newest pitch in his arsenal is a slider in the low 80s that showed solid results. He showed improved control in the minors but posted a 1-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the big leagues.
    The Future: Alexy bounced between starting and relieving in the minors and made four starts in the big leagues. If he is to remain a starter he’ll have to significantly improve his control. Otherwise, he fits as a multi-inning reliever.

  29. 29. Yohel Pozo | C
    Yohel Pozo
    Born: Jun 14, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 201
    Minors: .337/.352/.622 | 23 HR | 0 SB | 315 AB

    Track Record: Originally signed by the Rangers in 2013, Pozo spent his first six seasons in the minor leagues with Texas before signing with the Padres before the 2020 season, which was ultimately canceled due to the pandemic. The Rangers got Pozo right back when they selected him from San Diego in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. He was one of five minor league Rule 5 picks to make the big leagues in 2021.
    Scouting Report: After not touching the upper levels before this year, Pozo spent the bulk of the year at Triple-A Round Rock, where he hit for average and power. He’s an extremely aggressive hitter who feasts on pitches inside and outside the zone and swatted a career-high 23 home runs after hitting just 25 in his six prior seasons. He’s earned a reputation as a bad-ball hitter who can use a combination of bat speed and strength to hit pitches anywhere near the plate. Defensively, there’s a lot of work to be done. He’s worked hard with team catching instructors Bobby Wilson and Brett Hayes, but he’s a thicker-bodied player who doesn’t move terribly well behind the dish and is more likely a first baseman or DH who dabbles at catcher every now and then.
    The Future: Pozo’s role is likely what he did in 2021: A player who can come up and provide a bit of offense every now and then while giving an everyday player a day off. He’ll battle in spring training for a spot on the big league roster.

  30. 30. Danyer Cueva | SS
    Danyer Cueva
    Born: May 27, 2004
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Signed By: Jhonny Gomez/Rafic Saab.

    Track Record: Along with outfielder Yeison Morrobel, Cueva was one of the potentially higher-end signings in the Rangers’ most recent international class, which was delayed by the pandemic until Jan. 15. He spent the summer in the Dominican Summer League, where he showed hints of his potential. He’s the latest in a line of shortstops the Rangers have signed from the international market, including Luisangel Acuna and Maximo Acosta.
    Scouting Report: As an amateur, Cueva showed the signs of being an offensive-minded middle infielder. He’s got a smooth, balanced stroke from the left side and the hand-eye coordination to shoot line drives from gap to gap. He worked hard before signing to increase his speed—he is now an above-average runner—in order to increase his chances to stick at shortstop. The Rangers see a potentially powerful player as he gets stronger and fills out his body, especially considering he was one of the younger players in the signing class. Right now, Texas believes Cueva can stick at shortstop but understands his development is just beginning.
    The Future: After a first test of pro ball in the DSL, Cueva will likely move stateside to extended spring training and the Arizona Complex League in 2022. He’s got the upside of an everyday, offensive-minded middle infielder.

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