A little over two months ago, the Rangers selected Florida outfielder Wyatt Langford with the fourth overall pick in the 2023 MLB draft.
Flash Forward to mid-September and Langford is tearing up the minor leagues in ways that we’ve only seen from some of the greatest prospects ever.
Even reaching AA in the same year you get drafted is an incredible feat but Langford did one step more. After playing just 12 games with AA Frisco the Rangers decided to promote Wyatt Langford to AAA Round Rock in an insane plot twist.
However, that promotion was well-deserved as in those 12 games with Frisco Langford slashed .405/.519/.762 with a 1.281 OPS, 4 Home Runs, and 10 RBI.
In fact, those numbers are pretty similar to the overall picture of Langford’s young minor-league career.
Throughout all levels, Langford is slashing .367/.478/.693 with a 1.171 OPS, 10 Home Runs, and 29 RBI.
Langford made his AAA debut this week and picked up exactly where he left off despite being at the highest level of the minor leagues less than 80 days after being drafted.
EIght at-bats into his AAA career, Langford already has four hits and two walks.
Baseball America has taken notice of Langford’s hot start as in their latest hot sheet of the 20 hottest prospects in the minors, the Rangers first-rounder came in at number one.
Not only has Langford caught the media’s attention but also the attention of Rangers manager Bruce Bochy.
When asked about Langford’s success Bochy said “ It’s impressive, “You have to be paying attention, he’s the hottest hitter in the world right now.”
There is no doubt that Langford will need to sustain some AAA success before anyone thinks about a call-up but to say that he isn’t on a fast track to the show just wouldn’t be true.