Keith Law’s top 100 prospect rankings are being rolled out this week, and today’s 61-80 group includes two Rangers prospects.
22 year old (as of 7 days ago) lefthanded pitcher Yohander Mendez is #75 on KLaw’s list, while 20 year old (at least for 5 more days) righthanded pitcher Ariel Jurado is #64.
Mendez and Jurado are generally seen as two of the consensus top three prospects in the Rangers’ system, along with outfielder Leody Taveras, and this is around the range I think most of us expect to see them place. Law sees Mendez in AAA this year, with #3 potential if he improves one of his breaking pitches, while Jurado, despite his youth, is seen as relatively advanced for his age.
Other interesting placements in the 61-80 range are former Ranger RHP Luis Ortiz, who went to the Brewers in the Jonathan Lucroy deal (and who is #79 on the list), and former Dodger, now Rays pitcher Jose De Leon, who was dealt yesterday for Logan Forsythe, and who is #73.