While the Rangers have seen Dane Dunning and Leody Taveras graduate from prospect status, and one of the big prizes from their trade deadline deals, Spencer Howard, is also not prospect eligible, the combination of the 2021 draft, the acquisition of talent over the past year, and progress from players already in the system has still led to a healthy jump.
I think its worth noting that the Rangers could see another significant jump in the rankings in six months. Their three current top 100 guys, Cole Winn, Josh Jung and Jack Leiter, should all still be prospect-eligible at the start of 2022. Justin Foscue missed a chunk of time early in the year due to injury, but if he finishes the season anywhere close to the way he’s been playing so far this year he’s likely a top 100 guy. Evan Carter is expected back on the field in a couple of weeks, and has a chance to build on an early season performance that was generating a lot of excitement before he landed on the injured list.
And players like Dustin Harris, Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith, acquired via trades after not playing in 2020 and not really being on radars, will see their stock continue to rise if they finish out the 2021 season strong.