The Texas Rangers have announced that outfielder Bubba Thompson, catcher Matt Whatley, and pitchers Josh Advocate and Cole Uvila will be part of their Arizona Fall League contingent. Texas will send seven players, which means there are three more slots that will need to be filled.
Thompson is the biggest name of this group. The Rangers’ 2017 first round pick has had a disappointing year for Down East, as he has missed team with a strained muscle and a broken hamate bone, and has not hit well when he has been on the field. Whatley, the Rangers 3rd round pick in 2017, has had a middling campaign catching for Hickory, though with a remarkable 29 for 33 rate on stolen bases. Uvila, 25, is a righthanded reliever who was a 40th round pick in 2018. He has had a breakout year as a reliever, mostly for Down East, posting a 2.04 ERA with 92 Ks in 61.2 IP. Advocate, 25, has put up a 2.75 ERA as a reliever for Down East.
The Rangers players will be part of the roster of the Surprise Saguaros, and AFL play will begin on September 18. AFL rosters are generally made up of upper-level prospects, and are usually relatively high quality, particularly the position players.