The 2014 season is all but over this season. They have dealt with more injuries than ever before and were simply not deep enough to contend with their second string players, like very few, if any, could. Their pitching staff is a shadow of what it was expected to be and the infield on certain nights, as it was when I went to a game a few weeks ago, is compiled of players that were not on the opening day roster; Murphy, Odor, Sardinas, Wilson and Gimenez.
For most DFW fans the season for the Texas Rangers is done, they don’t care what happens, but for a select few a silver lining needs to be defined and that can be the Rangers extraordinary farm system depth. Many clubs have the poster child of their system, but few have a slew of players such as the Rangers. Most fans have heard of Joey Gallo and Jorge Alfaro.
Gallo is quite possibly the most unique player in the minor leagues. He has true 80 grade power and has refined his approach at the plate this season to the point of consistent, competitive at-bats. He currently leads the minors in homeruns and has been compared to Chris Davis, a player I’m sure the Rangers’ front office would love to get their hands back on.
Alfaro is the most physically gifted catcher in the minor leagues. Gallo has brought attention to himself through results, but it’s Alfaro’s potential that catches scouts’ eyes. He has an 80 grade arm with plus speed and power. His numbers are not great, but for a young catcher a .260 average isn’t bad at all. His player comparison is a bit unfair and will certainly make all Ranger fans drool, Pudge Rodriguez.
These two players are the crown jewels of the Texas Rangers’ system, but by no means does this mean they will be the two most successful. I remember falling in love with a young Venezuelan infielder a few years ago, with a seemingly fearless approach and surprising power, when he was signed internationally. I followed him as if I had discovered him myself, similar to the way people lay claim to a song on the radio because they heard it a few months prior. In anycase, it was fun following his play through the minors, from level to level, and watching his ranking from rather unknown prospect to top prospect. That player was Rougned Odor.
This season may be over, but don’t be afraid to dream. I challenge you to learn and follow the Rangers’ young talent. Find the prospect you believe will grow the most and follow him through the system.