With the 2020 season coming to a close, it becomes harder and harder to find things to write about these Texas Rangers.
They are at the bottom of the AL West and playing a bunch of kids who aren’t well known outside of Arlington.

The Rangers have let it be known that the future is what is being observed right now. Going forward the players on the field will be competing for a long-term job.

That means this offseason that any moves made, will be for players who can contribute a few years down the line. In other words, don’t expect a Todd Frazier deal. The big moves this offseason will come most likely come from trade.


Looking past all of this, my thoughts turned to the minor leagues. There a lot of Ranger prospects who lost a season of development. I decided to take a look at the under the radar guys who Ranger fans should keep an eye out for.

Whether they force themselves into major league contributors or potential trade targets, these are players the Rangers need to get on the field.


They can also move up national boards and cause the farm system to be ranked higher. These players have the potential to breakout. They just need 2021 to get here.


PITCHER

Names you probably know:  Cole Winn, Hans Crouse, Demarcus Evans, and Ricky Vanasco.

Here are some names that have the ability and potential be break out stars, but you may not know a lot about them.

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Ryan Garcia

Garcia was the second-round pick in 2019 out of UCLA. He was the ace for Bruins in 2019 going 10-1 with a 1.44 ERA and striking 117 batters over 94 innings. After being drafted, he only pitched 5 innings.

e had a 3.33 ERA and struck out 8 in those 5 innings. He most likely would have started the season in the Hickory rotation. At 22, he would have progressed quickly if he continued to impress. 2020 did Garcia no favors.

Ronny Henriquez

Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, this 20-year-old turned heads in 2018. He started 11 games for the DSL Rangers and went 5-1 with a 1.55 ERA. He also struck out 79 in 58 innings. He started 19 games for Hickory in 2019, going 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA. He struck out 99 in just over 82 innings. He can miss bats.

Cole Uvila

Uvila is an easy one to root for. He has emerged from nowhere after being drafted in the 40th round out of Georgia Gwinnett College in 2018. Uvila is consistently hitting 100 MPH and looks to be a late-inning reliever. Since signing he has pitched 96 innings and struck out 143 batters. He also has an ERA of 1.96 while holding opponents to a .150 batting average.

Uvila is a top pick to make his major league debut in 2021.

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Jake Latz

Latz is another one who is right on the cusp of greatness. He is also a lefthander which is nice. Since being drafted in the 5th round of the 2017 draft out of Kent State University, Latz has steadily improved.

In fact, he had such a stellar 2019 campaign, that this season he ended up at the alternate training site. Latz started 13 games in 2019 and went 7-1 with a 1.62 ERA. He struck out 74 in 62 innings while only walking 25 hitters.


INFIELD

Names you probably know: Josh Jung, Maximo Acosta, Anderson Tejeda, and Sherton Apostel.

Here are some other under the radar guys who need 2021 to get here.

Chris Seis

Seis has had the worst luck since turning pro. He was a 1st round pick in 2017 out of Florida. Most assumed he was the heir apparent to Elvis Andrus. He started out hot for Spokane in 2017 and finished the season at Hickory. Combined he hit .274 with an OPS of .730 despite being one of the youngest players in the league. Then he lost his entire 2018 season before it ever started. He injured his throwing shoulder and didn’t play all season.

Seise was expected to bounce back in 2019. He was completely healthy and started at Hickory. However, 21 games into the season, he injured his nonthrowing shoulder diving into a bag. 2020 was supposed to be huge for him.

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Yonny Hernandez

Hernandez was just 16 when the Rangers signed him out of Venezuela in 2014. He spent two years playing for the DSL Rangers before making his United States debut in 2017. Since then he has only gotten better.

He is a smooth fielding middle infielder who broke out in 2019 hitting a combined .289 in 122 gamed between Down East and Frisco. He doesn’t have a ton of pop but can hit. He is a nice player to have.

Curtis Terry

Terry is a name that epitomizes the term under the radar. Drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft out of high school in Georgia, Terry has continued to improve at the plate and show power as he has gained experience. He has hit 58 minor league HRs with 25 of those coming in 2019. He also hit a combined .289 with a .899 OPS between Hickory and Down East. Terry might have been promoted to Frisco at some point in 2020. COVID ruined a possible break out year. Still only 23 years old, 2021 can’t here fast enough.

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Davis Wendzel

Wendzel was the Co Big 12 Player Of The Year coming out of Baylor University. He shared that title with Josh Jung who the Rangers took in the first round in 2019. Wendzel went in the CBA round as the second pick of 2019.

After signing, Wendzel played 7 professional games and hit .316 with a .985 OPS in 19 plate appearances. Missing out on the 2020 season didn’t help Davis progress. That’s why 2021 is so important.


Outfield

Names you probably know: Leody Taveras, Bubba Thompson, Steel Walker, and J.P. Martinez.

Evan Carter

Taken in the second round and 50th overall, this Duke University commit was a surprise pick by the Ranges. He never got to play any rookie ball because of COVID. Kip Fagg who is the Scouting Director for the Rangers thinks that the Rangers may have got lucky with Carter. COVID prohibited him from getting in front of more eyes. Fagg said he thought Carter could have easily climbed into the first round had he played a full season. According to Fagg, this guy may be a potential 5 tool player. The last true five-tool player for the Rangers was Josh Hamilton. Hmmmm.

Bayron Lora

Lora is just 17 and was ranked the 3rd best international prospect when the Rangers signed him in 2019 for just under $4 million dollars.

He is compared to Joey Gallo with his size and power if it develops. He hits the ball hard and far to all fields. He also has good bat speed. He has yet to play stateside but 2021 should change that.

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Danny Drullard

Drullard is another Dominican outfielder the Rangers have signed at a young age. He was signed in 2016 at the age of 16. He has played the last three summers for the DSL Rangers. He was probably headed to the United States this year.

In three seasons he played a total of 155 games and hit .266 with an OPS of .804 and 17 HRs. He is still only 20 years old.

Kellen Strahm

Drafted in the 5th round of the 2019 draft out of San Jose State, Strahm only played 51 pro games after being drafted. In those games, he hit .288 with a .795 OPS and 5 HRs. 2020 would have been his first full pro year. He is said to have great barrel control and good bat speed. He is also graded well defensively.

Hopefully, 2021 will be a chance to see him shine. He was a senior at San Jose State and under slot sign.


Catcher

Catchers you have heard of: Sam Huff and David Garcia

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Heriberto Hernandez

This is a guy who could go in a lot of categories. He was signed as a catcher out of the Dominican in 2017. But he can also play 1B and outfield. In three seasons playing for the DSL Rangers and Spokane, he is hitting .320 with a 1.085 OPS and 23 HRs over 113 games. Those numbers are eye-opening for any prospect much less a catcher.

While his arm is a plus, he can struggle to field back there. 2020 would have been a great year to get some playing time in the states for the 20-year-old. He is a definite name to watch for in 2021.


Write these names down. They could either jump up the prospect rankings in 2021 or be included in a trade this offseason.
In both cases, they would be valuable to the Rangers.

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