Something I was thinking about as our own season of overindulgence gets rolling this week . . . .
There are a few interesting things about the Baseball Prospectus list of the Rangers’ top 10 prospects, published a couple weeks ago by Jason Parks:
- Rougned Odor, 2B
- Jorge Alfaro, C
- Alex “Chi-Chi” Gonzalez, RHP
- Luis Sardinas, SS
- Nick Williams, LF
- Joey Gallo, 3B
- Luke Jackson, RHP
- Nomar Mazara, RF
- Lewis Brinson, CF
- Ronald Guzman, 1B
You have international free agents from Venezuela (two), the Dominican Republic (two), and Colombia (one), and five draft picks — two first-rounders, two supplemental first-rounders, and a second-rounder.
There’s a 22-year-old, a 21-year-old, four 20-year-olds, three 19-year-olds, and an 18-year-old.
Which, of course, does not include 20-year-old Jurickson Profar or 22-year-old Martin Perez.
From strictly a “tools” standpoint, the player who would probably chart lowest is the also the one who received the smallest signing bonus of the 10.
He’s the Rangers’ number one prospect.
There are three players who finished the 2013 season in AA. Two in High A. Four in Low A.
Of the hitters, two hit from the right side, five from the left, and one from both sides of the plate.
And maybe coolest of all:
A catcher, a first baseman, a second baseman, a shortstop, a third baseman, a left fielder, a center fielder, a right fielder, and two pitchers.
It goes without saying, but this sort of depth — vertically and horizontally — is how you can afford to spend big on Major League free agents, and trade for impact players.
There’s a reasonable chance not all 10 of the above players will still be Rangers when camp breaks around 80 sleeps from now.
But if that’s the case, it means the big league club will have added immediate impact in the process — and there are plenty more where those 10 come from.