According to MLB Pipeline, the Texas Rangers had the 2nd most improved farm system in 2021. Although the addition of Jack Leiter and the progression of guys like Josh Jung and Cole Winn had a lot to do with that, the depth in the system had certainly contributed.
Here are the Rangers’ five most underrated prospects.
No. 1 – Davis Wendzel – The 2019 Big 12 co-player of the year comes in as the 11th ranked prospect in the Rangers system. Wendzel is a versatile player that can play any infield position. If he can provide a little more with the bat than he did last year I think he can sick at the big league level.
No. 2 – Rickey Vanasco – Many scouts believe that if Vanasco didn’t have Tommy John surgery in 2020 he could be the Rangers’ top pitching prospect behind Jack Leiter. Vanasco has a fastball in the upper 90s with a strong curveball to go with it. In 2022 Vanasco is going to get his first look at a full pro season with a chance to break into the group of top Rangers’ prospects.
No. 3 – Steele Walker – Many people recognize Steele Walker as a good minor league outfielder but don’t realize how close he is to the big leagues he actually is. This season in the minors Walker hit .241 with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs. With potential spots opening in the future Rangers’ outfield Walker may get his shot if he can produce at triple-A this year.
No. 4 – Owen White – Owen White burst onto the scene at this past year’s Arizona Fall League where he pitched 28 ⅓ innings with 29 strikeouts and a 1.91 ERA. With that being his first consistent look at pro ball there is reason for optimism in 2022. White definitely has the potential to be a solid rotation guy in the big leagues.
No. 5 – Dustin Harris – In September of 2020, the Texas Rangers traded Mike Minor to the A’s for two prospects, one of which being corner infielder Dustin Harris. Last season in various levels of A ball Harris hit .327 with 20 home runs and 85 RBIs. If Harris can keep producing with the bat at the higher levels of the minor leagues he could compete for a corner infield spot in the future.