Baseball America’s 2018 mid-season top 100 prospect list has dropped, updated to reflect the inclusion of 2018 draft picks, and the Rangers have three prospects on the list, all outfielders and all in the 50s.
Leody Taveras, the Rangers’ 19 year old centerfielder at high-A Down East, is the top ranked Ranger, coming in at #50 on the list despite a shaky offensive season. Julio Pablo Martinez, the Cuban centerfielder signed as the consolation prize for the Rangers in the J-2 signing period last year after missing out on Shohei Ohtani, is #52 on the list. And Willie Calhoun, the left fielder/DH who has heated up as of late for AAA Round Rock, is #55 on the list.
The two notable omissions for the Rangers are Jonathan Hernandez, who crept into back part of the top 100 list on previous updates, but who has been forced out by the additions of the 2018 draftees into the mix (and with some rough outings since being promoted to AA Frisco likely not helping matters), and Cole Winn, the Rangers’ first round pick in 2018.
If you are looking for former Ranger prospects, Luis Ortiz did not make the cut, nor did Dillon Tate.