Baseball America’s 2018 top 100 prospect list has been updated and re-ranked to reflect the first couple of months in the season, but there’s not much change for the Texas Rangers, who still have three prospects in the top 100, with all three in the same vicinity as where they were in the last rankings.
Willie Calhoun is still the top Ranger prospect in the rankings, though he has slid from #32 this offseason to #39 in the updated rankings on the heels of his slow start to the season. Leody Taveras, who is off to a nice start at high-A Down East, has moved up to #46 on the list from #51. And Julio Pablo Martinez, the newly signed Cuban who has yet to take the field this year, got a slight bump, from #56 to #54.
The only other Ranger prospect who would seem to have played himself into consideration for a top 100 spot in the early going is Jonathan Hernandez, the 21 year old righthander for Down East whose hot start (1.66 ERA in 54.1 IP, 73 Ks, 17 walks and 5 home runs allowed) we have talked about, but who is probably going to have to continue this type of success for another couple of months to be seriously in the mix.