Unless you consider yourself a die-hard baseball fan, you probably don’t care too much about minor league baseball. Games are rarely televised or discussed by major media outlets. Teams only gain national attention when they wear strange uniforms or offer ridiculous promotions.
These ideas make the games fun, but the Texas Rangers’ minor league clubs boast plenty of talented players to entertain fans, too. Before the season began, Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus ranked Texas as the ninth best farm system in the league. Only the fifth-ranked Houston Astros appeared ahead of them among American League West squads.
Although the season just began, a few prospects are putting up great numbers already:
Joey Gallo, 3B, High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Gallo is off to a blistering start in his first season of High-A ball. Through 11 games, the 20-year old has belted five home runs to go along with a .800 slugging percentage. He was even named the Carolina League Player of the Week for last week. The 6’5 slugger won’t be sporting a Rangers uniform anytime soon, but don’t be surprised if he works his way up to Double-A ball before the year is over. He is currently ranked by MLB.com as the fifth best prospect in the organization.
Rougned Odor, 2B, Double-A Frisco RoughRiders
Texas’ second-ranked prospect seems to have found his swing after a cold beginning. Odor went 4-for-6 with two home runs last Saturday as the RoughRiders dismantled Northwest Arkansas 15-2. It was the 20-year old’s first career multi-homer game. Because this is Odor’s first full season in Double-A, he will likely experience his fair share of growing pains. Games like this, though, give Rangers fans a little taste of his ever-growing potential.
Lewis Brinson, OF, Low-A Hickory Crawdads
The 19-year old outfielder batted very well through 12 games for the Crawdads. Brinson tallied 14 hits and three home runs, showing why he’s listed as the ninth-best prospect in the Rangers system. He must improve his plate discipline, having already racked up 17 strikeouts to start the season. Brinson obviously needs a few years of development, but his athleticism and power make him one of the most intriguing talents in the minors.