Continuing our look at each of the Texas Rangers’ minor league affiliates, today we examine the hitters for the high-A Down East Wood Ducks.
It was a disappointing year for the Ducks, who were 63-77 on the season in the Carolina League. Leody Taveras, at 19, was one of the youngest players in high-A last season, and as he did last year with Hickory, he showed strong defense and good plate discipline while also not hitting a ton. Taveras is still a top prospect, but he is going to have to start hitting a little more at some point.
The other noteworthys were a trio of infielders who had solid seasons that, while not rocketing anyone up the prospect charts, has them at least as being legitimate prospects worth watching. Anderson Tejeda continued to hit for power while striking out a lot, though his defense at shortstop also got decent reviews. The swing-and-miss issues don’t give him much margin for error, but if he can play a quality shortstop, or be an above-average defender at third base, he has a chance. Charles Leblanc, meanwhile, burst out of the gate red hot, and while he cooled off as the season went on, his .274/.349/.412 slash line was still respectable. And Brendon Davis, who came over from the Dodgers in the Yu Darvish trade, played all three infield positions while holding his own as a 20 year old.