Baseball America has their top 10 list for the league formerly known as the Pacific Coast League, now known as AAA West, out today, and the Rangers placed one of their top prospects on the list.
Josh Jung, the Texas Rangers’ 2019 first round draft pick and likely 2022 Opening Day third baseman, placed #4 on the BA list despite not joining Round Rock until mid-August. Jung slashed .348/.436/.652 in his stint at AAA, with BA praising his “exceptional strike-zone awareness” and his overall hit tool. Jung trailed only Jarred Kelenic, Keibert Ruiz and Jo Adell in the rankings, and was ahead of such luminaries as Luis Campusano and Joey Bart, among others.
Jung likely would have made his major league debut this season but for the broken foot that cost him time at the beginning of the season, and then the COVID-19 outbreak Frisco experienced that cost Jung almost two weeks in August. In 342 plate appearances he slashed .326/.398/.592 between AA and AAA, and put to rest the concerns about whether he would be able to hit for power in pro ball.