MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospect list is out, and the Texas Rangers placed a pair of prospects in the back half of the top 100.
Josh Jung, the Rangers’ first round pick (#8 overall) out of Texas Tech in 2019, is the highest ranked Ranger, at #55. The third baseman will likely start the 2020 season in Down East, and should see Frisco before the year is up.
Catcher Sam Huff is the other Rangers to make the list, coming in at #74. Huff is a catcher who had a breakout 2019 campaign, and finished the year at Down East. He could join Jung at Down East to start the 2020 season, or the Rangers could challenge him by moving him up to Frisco. Either way, he should be with the Roughriders at some point in 2020.
If you’re bummed out that the Rangers only have two guys in the top 100, take some solace in knowing that Baseball America’s list of guys who could make big leaps into the top 100 in 2020 includes a pair of Rangers, Maximo Acosta and Hans Crouse. We all know about Hans, who was slowed by bone spurs in his elbow that ultimately required surgery, but Maximo, a shortstop signed as part of this past summer’s J-2 class, has been generating a level of excitement that I don’t think we’ve seen around these parts regarding a J-2 signing since Jurickson Profar. While the Rangers have been taking players more slowly of late, particularly pitchers, I am wondering if they might possibly assign him to Spokane as a 17 year old for 2020 — the path they also took with Profar.