Friday on the Farm: The Recliner Nerd updates his top 20 Rangers prospects
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The Rangers are in the midst of a very good season with a playoff appearance possible if things don’t collapse after the All-Star break.
But the success isn’t just at the big-league level. Texas continues to sport one of the best farm systems in baseball, which could look dramatically different after the Aug. 1 trade deadline.
We will jump into my midseason update, but before we do, a few reminders.
Any prospect who has played in even one game in the major leagues is no longer eligible. That means Owen White has graduated off the preseason list. I’m also not big on injured players, and some have been bumped due to injury but will likely make the 2024 list heading into next season.
Obviously, Kumar Rocker is a top-10 talent, but he will not be back on the mound until late next season.
Others are having breakout seasons who might should be considered but need to prove this isn’t an outlier year. Abimelec Ortiz is one for sure.
Others fell out because of lackluster production, even though it was more about being passed up rather than falling out. Examples of this are Emilano Teodo and TK Roby. Both are really good prospects who are just a little inconsistent this season and have been injured.
Offseason or in-season adjustments could catapult them back onto the this by the time 2024 starts.
Now for the updated top-20 list.