Friday on the Farm: These Rangers prospects are establishing themselves as big-league options
(Texas Rangers/Ben Ludeman)
By most standards a player is no longer considered a prospect as soon as he loses his MLB rookie status.
Many with the Texas Rangers, though, still consider Leody Taveras to be a prospect despite having exceeded the at-bats threshold for being a rookie.
He has yet to play a full season in the major leagues, but made consecutive Opening Day rosters in 2020 and 2021.
No matter how he’s classified, Taveras is making a serious push to be in the major leagues in the coming weeks.
He has been terrific so far at Triple A Round Rock, where he was sent to begin the season to continue working on swing changes suggested by offensive coordinator Donnie Ecker and hitting coach Tim Hyers.
The early returns have been wildly encouraging. Taveras entered Friday batting .421 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and an 1.143 OPS in 57 at-bats.
Yeah, the Rangers could use some of that.