Baseball America is rolling out their top 20 prospect lists, and the Arizona Rookie League list is out today.
The Rangers have placed five players on the list: Joey Gallo at #3, Lewis Brinson at #6, C.J. Edwards at #8, Nomar Mazara at #11, and Ronald Guzman at #12.
Gallo, 18, was the Rangers' second overall pick in the 2012 draft, going #39 overall. A lefthanded hitting third baseman, Gallo set the AZL record for homers with 18, and put up a .293/.435/.733 slash line before being promoted late in the year to short-season A Spokane.
Brinson, 18, was the Rangers' first pick in the 2012 draft, going #29 overall. Brinson is a righthanded hitting centerfielder who is considered to have elite athleticism, but fell in the draft because of questions about his hitting ability. Brinson put up a .283/.345/.523 line while stealing 14 bases in 16 attempts.
Edwards, 20, is a surprising entry on the list, given that he only pitched 20 innings in the AZL. The righthanded pitcher was the Rangers' 48th round draft pick in 2012, but dominated in his time in the AZL, allowing 0 runs and 6 hits in 20 innings, striking out 25 and walking 6.
Mazara, 17, is a lefthanded hitting power prospect, an outfielder who was signed to a $4.95 million bonus last summer. He put up a .264/.383/.448 line in 243 plate appearances.
Guzman, 17, is, like Mazara, a lefthanded hitter who was signed to a big bonus last summer. Guzman put up a .321/.374/.434 line in 235 plate appearances.