Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Texas Rangers Top 40 prospects

1 Neftali Feliz , P , TEX
Feliz dominated major league hitters with a fastball that routinely approaches triple digits. He may have more of a challenge if he is used as a starter, but he has all the talent to succeed no matter where he pitches.
2 Justin Smoak , 1B , TEX
Smoak did not hit for the power I expected this year, but his approach was very good as was his defense. He really cooled off after his June oblique injury.
3 Martin Perez , P , TEX
Perez was used in starting and relief roles this year in Low A and AA, dominating in the former, but struggling a little in the latter. He was only 19 and has great stuff. He will be on this list again next season, maybe as the top pitcher.
4 Tanner Scheppers , P , TEX
Scheppers has had some shoulder problems and they caused him to fall in the draft, but he has some of the best stuff from this years crop.
5 Robbie Ross , P , TEX
Ross is a small lefty with big stuff. Did very well is short season this season and could be a top 100 prospect next year if he continues this in full season ball in 2010.
6 Kasey Kiker , P , TEX
Kiker had a decent season in AA, but needs to cut back on the walks to move into the next tier of prospects.
7 Tomas Telis , C , TEX
Telis is a short switch hitting catcher with good pop and a good arm. He is raw and a long way from the bigs but I think he'll be a good one.
8 Max Ramirez , C , TEX
Ramirez melted down this year. His plate discipline fell apart, his power evaporated. I don't know what happened but I haven't given up on him. He is just too talented.
9 Julio Borbon , OF , TEX
Borbon can hit for average, take some walks and is athletic, but I don't think he can play CF so that will relegate him to LF. That will keep him from being as good as he could.
10 Wilmer Font , P , TEX
Font was young for LoA but held his own. He owns a great fastball, just needs to cut back on the walks and work on the secondary stuff.
11 Robbie Erlin , P , TEX
Erlin pitched only 4 innings in his pro debut and struck out 9 in that time. He is an athletic lefty with a great slider.
12 Mitch Moreland , 1B , TEX
Moreland has a rocket for a left arm and was a two way player at Mississippi, but has played OF and 1B for the Rangers. His bat intrigues me and he looks like he has the ability to be a big leaguer. He is a sleeper for me but it will be tought for him in Texas with Davis, Smoak, et al ahead of him.
13 Blake Beavan , P , TEX
Beaven has shown impeccable control so far as a pro. He has been promoted very quickly and his K rate disappeared in AA this season. The Rangers should keep him in AA all year next year and hope to see that K rate come back. If it does, he could be in the rotation in 2011.
14 Guillermo Moscoso , P , TEX
Moscoso pitched very well in the minors this season and his numbers translated well to Texas in the 14 IP he had. He could be a solid bullpen arm, but may be a sleeper to be a #4 or 5 starter for the Rangers next season.
15 Richard Bleier , P , TEX
Bleier only walked 24 in 167 IP and K'd 125 in Low A and High A. If he can do anywhere near this well in AA next year, he could help in Texas in 2011.
16 Wilfredo Boscan , P , TEX
Boscan walked only 19 in 105 IP in A ball. He could be another in the long line of good Texas pitching prospects.
17 Jake Brigham , P , TEX
Brigham was hit hard this season after having TJ surgery. He has good stuff and I think he can be a good big leaguer.
18 Micheal Main , P , TEX
2009 is was a lost season for Main who fought an illness that was called a virus but no one was quite sure what it was. 2010 should give Main a fresh start and he is young enough and talented enough to be an impact prospect.
19 Braden Tullis , P , TEX
Braden is a sinker, slider guy with a solid changeup that could be plus in time. He's a good athlete. He could be a sleeper.
20 Tommy Mendonca , 3B , TEX
Mendonca strikes out at an elite rate and is inconsistent across the board but has too much power to rate lower.
21 Tim Murphy , P , TEX
22 Jurickson Profar , SS , TEX
23 Marcus Lemon , SS , TEX
24 John Whittleman , 3B , TEX
25 Craig Gentry , OF , TEX
26 Carlos Pimentel , P , TEX
27 Omar Poveda , P , TEX
28 Miguel Velazquez OF TEX
29 Engel Beltre , OF , TEX
30 Thomas Diamond , P , TEX
31 Manny Solis , 3B , TEX
32 Eric Hurley , P , TEX
33 Tanner Roark , P , TEX
34 Kennil Gomez , P , TEX
35 Neil Ramirez , P , TEX
36 Joaquin Arias , SS , TEX
37 Esdras Abreu , 3B , TEX
38 Joe Wieland , P , TEX
39 Trevor Hurley , P , TEX
40 Tae Kyung Ahn , P , TEX


  1. Thomas Diamond was claimed on waivers by the Cubs in early September. I believe he has since been DFA'd and taken off their 4o man roster. I think his prospect days are coming to an end.

  2. Daniel Gutierrez, acquired in minor league trade from KC at end of season should be somewhere in the top 15-20 range.

  3. I missed the Diamond move. I'm not totally ignoring him yet. TJ guys usually need 18 months to regain there stuff entirely. I would see how he does to start next season to decide, but I don't blame Texas for letting him go. They are swamped with arms. I moved Pina and Smith but forgot Gutierrez. He's 21 on Texas.