Friday on the Farm: Alex Speas back in Rangers system after mental reset
Alex Speas is still only 25, though it feels like he should be 35.
Drafted in the second round of the 2016 MLB draft, one round after Cole Ragans, Speas has been around a while. He has undergone Tommy John surgery. He has lit up radar guns. He has raised external expectations.
He was 23 in 2021, when another elbow injury and discontent with his career path brought him to a breaking point. He needed to step away, maybe for good.
But Speas did it for a greater good — himself. He could no longer reconcile going forward in the mental state he is was in.
That was some 18 months ago.