Baseball America’s got a new top 100 prospect list out, and there are several changes impacting the Rangers.
First of all, Leody Taveras is no longer the top Ranger on the list — Taveras has dropped from #49 in the previous rankings to #67 on the list, no doubt a reflection of the uninspiring offensive season he has had in the Carolina League. He’s trailing Willie Calhoun, currently #50 on the list, up from #54, and Julio Pablo Martinez, who is #55, down from #51.
The big news, though, is that Hans Crouse has finally made the list. Crouse is #95 on the BA top 100 list, with BA noting concerns about his delivery, but also saying he has frontline starter potential.
Jonathan Hernandez had made the back end of the list at a point earlier this year, but fell off when the 2018 draftees were added, and his struggles in Frisco make him someone who isn’t likely to be added in the immediate future. 2018 first rounder Cole Winn is probably in consideration for a spot in the back part of the top 100 as well, but as he isn’t pitching this year under the Rangers’ new program, he’s not likely to move up until next year.